12/06/2015 5:32PM

Fornatale: NHC offers Future Wager

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Throughout the year, horseplayers have to choose between an amazing number of wagers, some fairly straightforward, some very complex, some with the same race, some connecting the outcomes of a series of wagers. But there is only one wager where a select group of horseplayers get to bet on themselves.

For the second consecutive year, horseplayers can now bet on who will win the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The NHC Future Wager, available in the Treasure Island Race & Sports Book, opened this weekend with odds posted for 353 individual players and a mutual field encompassing about 200 players qualifying for the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest after Oct. 31, many of them through the NHC Tour.

 Not surprisingly, the field opened as a heavy 4-1 favorite. Last year, the field opened at a generous 7-1 before closing as the favorite at 5-2. At least year’s Final Table, five of the 10 players, including the top three, were members of the field. All of those players, including eventual winner John O’Neil, were part of the field after earning an automatic berth to the 16th annual NHC as one of the NHC Tour’s top 150 finishers.

 Upon opening, this season’s shortest-priced individual horseplayers – Roger Cettina, Richard Goodall, Duke Matties, Sean Nolan, and Joe Pettit – opened at 40-1. The five early individual favorites each hold the maximum two entries to the 17th annual NHC, as do 54 other players who opened in double digits.

Cettina, of Rumson, N.J, was runner-up at the 14th NHC in 2013 and is an eight-time qualifier. Las Vegas resident Goodall won the NHC in 2008 and is one of the NHC’s most well-known regulars. Professional gambler Matties is a 13-time NHC qualifier. Nolan, of Alexandria, Va., is a 10-time qualifier and one of only two people with multiple top 10 finishes. Pettit, of Charleston, S.C., is a three-time qualifier who has been especially hot in 2015 with high finishes in several major contests.

 Other past NHC winners listed in the Future Wager include Jim Benes (2013, 60-1), Jose Arias (2014, 75-1), and O’Neil (175-1). There has never been a two-time NHC winner.

 Current NHC Tour points leader Jonathon Kinchen, who finished the Final 50 round with two entries in the top 10 last year, is 60-1. NHC Tour first half leader Eric Moomey, currently second on the points list, also opened at 60-1. The 2015 NHC Tour winner will be eligible for a $2 million bonus on top of the $800,000-estimated first prize should he also take down the 17th annual NHC.

Of the individual entrants in last year’s tournament, Christian Hellmers finished the favorite at a very short 17-2. Hellmers, who qualified this year via one of the NTRA free qualifiers, is listed at 125-1 in the opening betting. The nearly 300 remaining individual qualifiers opened in triple digits, many as high as 175-1.

 “The Future Wager proved to be a very popular addition the first time it was offered last January at NHC 16,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA chief operating officer. “Customers can get 175-1 on some of the sharpest horseplayers in the world. We thank the Treasure Island for once again making this wager available to its customers and for helping us place a spotlight on the horseplayers whose wagering dollars fuel every aspect of our sport and business.”

The NHC Future Wager will close Thursday, Jan. 28, the opening day of the 17th annual NHC, at 9 a.m. Pacific. The contest will be contested over three days, Jan. 28-30, at Treasure Island.

NHC Future Wager odds

WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015   WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015
3001 D ABRAMS 150/1   3046 R CARLSON 175/1
3002 J ACCAVALLO 150/1   3047 B CARNEY 175/1
3003 M ACHE 150/1   3048 J CATALAND 175/1
3004 V ACHILARRE 150/1   3049 L CAVALARIS 175/1
3005 A ACIERNO 100/1   3050 R CETTINA 2 40/1
3006 P ACOCELLA 150/1   3051 T CHACE 175/1
3007 B AGEE 150/1   3052 G CHEEK 175/1
3008 J AGNELLO 150/1   3053 B CHENVERT 2 60/1
3009 T ALEXANDER 150/1   3054 BR CHENVERT 125/1
3010 D ALLEN 150/1   3055 R CHILDRESS 175/1
3011 J ARIAS 75/1   3056 P CHUBB 175/1
3012 S ARRISON 150/1   3057 D CHUNG 175/1
3013 R ARSENAULT 2 75/1   3058 G CHUTE 75/1
3014 J ARTHUR 2 75/1   3059 J CIRONE 175/1
3015 J ATWELL 100/1   3060 J CONNELLY 175/1
3016 W ATWELL 125/1   3061 L CONSTAN 2 75/1
3017 T AVERILL 175/1   3062 T COOPER 175/1
3018 D BADALAMENTI 175/1   3063 D COPELAND 175/1
3019 D BAJOREK 2 75/1   3064 B COPPOLA 175/1
3020 J BARNETT 2 75/1   3065 L COURSEY 175/1
3021 K BASSORE 175/1   3066 K COX 2 60/1
3022 J BEAUMIER 175/1   3067 R CROWE 2 60/1
3023 J BENES 60/1   3068 J CURRAN 175/1
3024 R BERTOLUCCI 175/1   3069 D CURRY 80/1
3025 B BEYCHOK 2 60/1   3070 B DAGOSTINI 175/1
3026 L BLEVINS 175/1   3071 C DARNELL 175/1
3027 T BOLEK 175/1   3072 S DAVIS 175/1
3028 P BONGIOVANNI 175/1   3073 C DAVIS 2 80/1
3029 J BOUGHTON 175/1   3074 D DECAUWER 60/1
3030 B BOWLEY 2 100/1   3075 D DEUTSCH 175/1
3031 E BOYD 125/1   3076 B DEVITO 2 60/1
3032 M BRADY 175/1   3077 P DEYS 175/1
3033 S BRAGG 175/1   3078 S DIAZ 100/1
3034 A BRANTLEY 125/1   3079 M DINI 175/1
3035 R BRENDLER 175/1   3080 K DOBIECKI 175/1
3036 D BROWNFIELD 175/1   3081 J DOWNIE 2 75/1
3037 T BUECHLER 175/1   3082 W DREW 80/1
3038 L BURNS 75/1   3083 G DUARTE 80/1
3039 R BUSER 175/1   3084 R EARLE 175/1
3040 T CADY 175/1   3085 D EDWARDS 2 60/1
3041 G CAHALAN 175/1   3086 J EINARDT 175/1
3042 P CALTAGIRONE 175/1   3087 M ELSASS 175/1
3043 J CALVO 175/1   3088 E ENBORG 100/1
3044 M CAPOSIO 150/1   3089 R ENGLEHARD 2 60/1
3045 V CARCO 75/1   3090 K ENGELHARD 125/1
WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015   WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015
3091 S ESPINO 175/1   3136 J HENRY 2 70/1
3092 C FALLICA 175/1   3137 E HERR 175/1
3093 J FARRAR 125/1   3138 B HERRITY 100/1
3094 B FAY 125/1   3139 J HEWITT 175/1
3095 M FELD 125/1   3140 A HOFFMAN 100/1
3096 K FENTON 125/1   3141 T HOLLAND 175/1
3097 J FERRARO 175/1   3142 G HOLLANDER 175/1
3098 M FERROZZO 2 60/1   3143 M HOLMES 175/1
3099 C FINDLAY 175/1   3144 W HOLMES 175/1
3100 D FISCHER 175/1   3145 T HORNER 175/1
3101 T FLANAGAN 175/1   3146 L HOSKINS 175/1
3102 R FLANDERS 2 100/1   3147 G HOUSTON 175/1
3103 D FLANIGAN 2 60/1   3148 J HOUSTON 175/1
3104 S FRANKLIN 175/1   3149 J HUG 80/1
3105 R GALLO 100/1   3150 P HUGHES 175/1
3106 J GAMANE 175/1   3151 J HURD 175/1
3107 K GERAGHTY 2 60/1   3152 M IANNONE 175/1
3108 L GERAGHTY 2 60/1   3153 D ISENBERG 175/1
3109 P GIANFORTE 2 60/1   3154 T JACOBS 175/1
3110 B GIBSON 175/1   3155 J JARVIE 2 70/1
3111 R GILBERT 80/1   3156 T JERGE 90/1
3112 C GIOIO 125/1   3157 B JESSEE 175/1
3113 J GIOLITO 175/1   3158 G JOHNSON 2 60/1
3114 T GOLDSMITH 175/1   3159 J JOHNSON 2 70/1
3115 R GOODALL 2 40/1   3160 K JORDAN 175/1
3116 S GOODALL 2 60/1   3161 L KAHLDEN 2 70/1
3117 D GORDON 175/1   3162 T KAHLFURST 175/1
3118 M GRAMM 175/1   3163 S KANTOR 80/1
3119 G GRISTICK 125/1   3164 D KAPLAN 175/1
3120 R GROSE 175/1   3165 D KEPPLER 175/1
3121 G GRUNDY 175/1   3166 K KIERAS 175/1
3122 F GRYBOSKI JR 125/1   3167 J KIMOVE 175/1
3123 M GUADAGNO 125/1   3168 J KINCHEN 2 60/1
3124 A GUGIELMO 125/1   3169 J KING 2 60/1
3125 D GUTFREUND 2 60/1   3170 A KITE 2 60/1
3126 L HANSON 175/1   3171 D KLEIN 175/1
3127 R HARDY 175/1   3172 C KNEPPER 2 80/1
3128 L HARNED 175/1   3173 G KNEPPER 175/1
3129 L HARRIS 2 60/1   3174 N KOCHANSKI 100/1
3130 D HARTMANN 175/1   3175 J KOLODZEJ 175/1
3131 L HAUSMAN 100/1   3176 D KRAMER 175/1
3132 D HAWKINS 175/1   3177 B KUTE 175/1
3133 T HELLER 175/1   3178 W KWAN 2 80/1
3134 C HELLMERS 125/1   3179 P LAM 2 80/1
3135 G HENNING 125/1   3180 E LAMBERT 175/1
WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015   WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015
3181 E LANGE 125/1   3226 J MUZIO 175/1
3182 C LARMEY 2 60/1   3227 G NABER 175/1
3183 E LAWLESS 175/1   3228 J NACE 125/1
3184 T LEONARD 175/1   3229 D NANCE 175/1
3185 C LITTLEJOHN 175/1   3230 D NELSON 125/1
3186 R LLOYD 175/1   3231 S NEMETZ 100/1
3187 W LONG 100/1   3232 J NICHOLS 2 80/1
3188 D LOO 175/1   3233 L NIKOLIC 175/1
3189 D LOUGH 175/1   3234 G.T. NIXON 125/1
3190 B MACDONALD 175/1   3235 S NOLAN 2 40/1
3191 G MACHIZ 125/1   3236 T NOONE 125/1
3192 J MANEEN JR 175/1   3237 R ODOM 175/1
3193 T MANNION 175/1   3238 W ONEAL 175/1
3194 P MANZO 175/1   3239 J ONEIL 175/1
3195 J MARINO 175/1   3240 W ORTEGA 175/1
3196 M MARLAIRE 2 80/1   3241 J PARKER 125/1
3197 T MASSIS 2 80/1   3242 P PELTIER 175/1
3198 R MATHEWS 175/1   3243 L PELTZ 175/1
3199 D MATTIES 2 40/1   3244 S PENNAMEN 175/1
3200 P MATTIES 100/1   3245 J PERRY 2 60/1
3201 D MAYS 175/1   3246 E PETERS 2 60/1
3202 D MCCARTY 125/1   3247 C PETTERS 175/1
3203 J MCCLENIN 125/1   3248 J PETTIT 2 40/1
3204 K MCCOWAN 175/1   3249 N PETTUS 125/1
3205 M MCGUIRE 2 80/1   3250 N PHILIPPIDES 175/1
3206 C MCINTYRE 2 60/1   3251 E PINEIRO 175/1
3207 Z MCLEAOD 175/1   3252 N PINK 175/1
3208 K MCMAHAN 125/1   3253 C PODRATZ 2 80/1
3209 T MCNAMARA 175/1   3254 M PODRATZ 125/1
3210 J MEEKS 2 80/1   3255 D PORTER 175/1
3211 S MEIER 175/1   3256 E POWERS 175/1
3212 R MEISTER 175/1   3257 M QUINN 175/1
3213 S MELL 175/1   3258 M RACENSTEIN 175/1
3214 L MELONE 175/1   3259 E RAMSEY 125/1
3215 N MENDOZA 175/1   3260 M RANSDELL 175/1
3216 F MESEKE 125/1   3261 L RAY 175/1
3217 D MESSIR JR 175/1   3262 M RAY 2 125/1
3218 E MILEWSKI 175/1   3263 E REIDY 2 80/1
3219 R MILLER 175/1   3264 B REILLY 2 100/1
3220 T MOLINE 125/1   3265 D REISS 125/1
3221 J MONTES 175/1   3266 B RENDINO 125/1
3222 E MOOMEY 2 60/1   3267 M RENTZE 2 100/1
3223 W MORAN 175/1   3268 K REYES 175/1
3224 M MULVIHILL 175/1   3269 MARK RICHARDS 175/1
3225 F MUSTARI 2 80/1   3270 MYLES RICHARDS 175/1
WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015   WAGER NUMBER PLAYER Odds as of 12/05/2015
3271 S RICHMAN 2 80/1   3313 J STRICHEK 125/1
3272 C RICKS 175/1   3314 R SUGIMOTO 175/1
3273 R RILEY 175/1   3315 J SUKANICK 2 60/1
3274 L RODRIGUEZ 100/1   3316 D SULLIVAN 175/1
3275 A ROEHL 175/1   3317 B SUMJA 125/1
3276 P ROGERS 125/1   3318 M SWEENEY 175/1
3277 D RONCEVICH 100/1   3319 A TAYLOR 175/1
3278 W ROSETTE 125/1   3320 T TAYLOR 2 60/1
3279 P ROTH 125/1   3321 J TEMPLIN 175/1
3280 W RUBENSTEIN 175/1   3322 S THOMPSON 2 60/1
3281 S RUBINCHIK 125/1   3323 P TIMMINS 175/1
3282 M RUDY 125/1   3324 R TRAYNOR 125/1
3283 R RUOCCO 175/1   3325 A TREZZA 2 100/1
3284 R RUTLEDGE 175/1   3326 SH TURNER 150/1
3285 A SADLER 175/1   3327 ST TURNER 150/1
3286 J SCANIO 125/1   3328 H UFFMAN 175/1
3287 A SCHAFFER 125/1   3329 J VAIL 175/1
3288 M SCHUMAN 100/1   3330 J VAN NIEL 175/1
3289 G SCHUTT 2 100/1   3331 L VAN ZANDT 175/1
3290 H SCHWARTZ 175/1   3332 L VANWINKLE 175/1
3291 J SEBES 125/1   3333 J VIDA 175/1
3292 P SERDARUSICH 175/1   3334 P VINGES 175/1
3293 W SHURMAN 2 60/1   3335 P VISKOVICH 175/1
3294 P SHURMAN 2 75/1   3336 A WALLBAUM 175/1
3295 F SIMA 175/1   3337 B WEIR 2 100/1
3296 S SIMONOVICH 175/1   3338 P WEIZER 2 70/1
3297 G SKIBA 2 100/1   3339 S WELLS 125/1
3298 P SLUIS 175/1   3340 H WELSH 175/1
3299 M SMITH 175/1   3341 G WEST 175/1
3300 D SNYDER 2 80/1   3342 B WIENER 2 60/1
3301 F SORENSEN 175/1   3343 S WIENER 125/1
3302 C SOTO 175/1   3344 B WILBUR 100/1
3303 E SPAUNHURST 175/1   3345 K WILLETT 175/1
3304 E SPRUCK 175/1   3346 B WILLIS 175/1
3305 M STANTON 2 100/1   3347 D WOLFF 175/1
3306 T STARK 2 70/1   3348 G YEE 175/1
3307 V STAUFFER 2 100/1   3349 C YU 175/1
3308 J STEINBERG 175/1   3350 K ZAPPA 175/1
3309 M STICH 125/1   3351 K ZELIN 175/1
3310 T STILES 2 80/1   3352 B ZVARA 175/1
3311 P STRAUSS 175/1   3353 R FELTY 175/1
3312 M STREIFF 2 80/1   3354 FIELD (ALL OTHERS) 4/1