Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2014-11-26
Wed Apr 30
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
The Public Handicapper Challenge begins this Friday. It’s easy to sign up to play and – best of all – it’s free. The top two finishers who have signed up for the NHC Tour get trips to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
Tue Apr 29
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Pete: I really want to participate in handicapping contests. They appeal to me on several levels: head-to-head battles, a chance to win decent money for a reasonable ante, a camaraderie among participants. But I can’t get past the troubling issue of how many competitors post multiple entries and/or compete in teams with multiple entries. As a sole handicapper looking to show his stuff in a contest, how do I compete with that? --Bill Pizzo Bill:
Mon Apr 28
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Favorites ruled in Saturday’s NHCQualify.com contest, where four players won entry into the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, to be held in January of 2015 at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Of the twelve contest races, five were won by favorites and another three went to the second choices. There were no cap horses (prices are "capped" at 20/1 for contest purposes). One race, the 4th at Santa Anita, was won by the longest shot on the board.
Fri Apr 25
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Saturday’s NHCQualify.com contest kicks off with the 8th race from Tampa Bay Downs, a $16,000 claimer on the turf. This race is what a lot of contest players live for: a full field on the turf. Personally, I’m not sure I can make heads or tails of it but I can tell you this: I wouldn’t be in a hurry to play the favorite in a spot like this.
Thu Apr 24
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
There are fewer high-quality races this weekend than usual – a function of the racing calendar with so much activity slated for next weekend at Churchill Downs and elsewhere in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby. But in a sense, that makes this the perfect weekend to play in a contest, especially if you’re a new player looking to get his or her feet wet in the tournament world. That’s because from a contest player's point of view, the quality of the racing matters less than competitiveness of the fields and the thrill of competing directly against each other.