Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2014-07-28
Thu Feb 27
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Don’t look now, and you wouldn’t know it from the weather outside, but April 15 is sneaking up us. This raises some interesting questions about horse racing, contest players, and tax implications. Mike Mayo, a successful business man and full-time horseplayer, is one of the foremost experts on this topic. He has taught classes to horseplayers about how to deal with tax issues and he’s fought the IRS and won on more than one occasion.
Tue Feb 25
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
I love my readers. Between comments on Twitter (@loomsboldly), various emails, and comments on drf.com, I get an awful lot of interesting things to write about – today I’m going to take on two such topics, both areas that drive many contest players crazy.
Thu Feb 20
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Later in today’s column, we’ll look at what’s going on at NHCQualify.com and BCQualify.com this weekend, but before that, I wanted to write a follow-up piece about end-of-tournament strategy. We’ve already examined the question of whom you might want to play while in hot pursuit of the tournament leader. But what if you are the leader going into the last couple of races? How should you approach the contest then?
Mon Feb 17
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
I’ve been getting asked a lot lately about the pick-and-pray contest format, sometimes referred to as a “lockdown” contest. These are the simplest and purest tests of handicapping ability, if you limit your definition of handicapping to simply picking winners. On Saturday, March 1, Horsetourneys.com will host a pick-and-pray National Handicapping Championship qualifier, so this is a good time to examine the format.
Thu Feb 13
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
All horseplayers are prone to hot streaks. Former horse trainer Gary Johnson is in the midst of a pretty good one right now. Already in 2014, he has qualified twice for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge via BCQualify.com. Since entries are limited to one per person, he’ll have to give away his second one to a friend, but he’s not complaining. Gary, talk about your experience in contests.