Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2014-11-28
Thu Jan 30
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
It makes a good story. A young bettor, on the precipice of the score of a lifetime, takes an extra step to ensure that he has the best possible chance to make $750,000. He makes a five-figure bet on one of the four horses who can beat him in the last race of the NHC in the hope that the price will go low enough so that even if the horse wins, he still holds on to win the contest. The scenario works like a charm.
Mon Jan 27
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
NHC 15 is in the books. Jose Arias took the lead on Day 1, and built it to a commanding lead on Day 2. On Day 3, a couple of players got very close to him at the final table, notably Nick Alpino and Tony Brice. I had a chance to catch up with Brice, who won $200,000 for finishing second, right after the last race. Brice picked the winner of the last contest race, Fit to Rule, but ended up $1.20 short. What were your thoughts going in to the last race of the contest?
Sun Jan 26
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
So many great stories came out of Day 2 of the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Here are a few of my favorites. Doubling up James Michelson Jr., the 2005 NHC champion, was one of two competitors – along with Dick Mueller of Bear Lake, Minn. – to get two entries into the Final 50. Only one entry for each continues on, but Michelson and Mueller will receive cash bonuses for their efforts. I caught up with the former champ after the last race was official.
Sat Jan 25
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Brent Sumja isn’t nervous. Day 1 at the NHC didn’t work out like he planned, but it wasn’t a total disaster. His chance to win the $2 million NHC Tour bonus is still alive. His best ticket is in a tie for 151st going into Day 2 with $73.20. That’s only $21 out of 50th place. His second ticket is in 298th place, with a not hopeless $41.20. :: National Handicapping Championship leaderboard
Fri Jan 24
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
There is a razor-thin line between winning and losing in all handicapping contests, especially the National Handicapping Championship. Now I’m not saying it’s all luck – you have to put yourself in a position to be lucky. But there’s no doubt that the fickle hand of fate plays a major role.