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Paul Matties Takes Down National Handicapping Championship, $800,000 Prize

Paul Matties of Ballston Spa, N.Y., topped a field of 629 entries to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend’s 17th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas. The NHC offered record overall cash and […]

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‘You’re Gonna Get Fried’: Handicapping Championship A Grueling, Unforgiving Test

If playing the ponies is a humbling pastime, and we all know it is, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is being lost in the Nevada desert with no water. The mind plays tricks. During a punishing three-day session of betting win/place on 53 races, mirages are bound to appear — in the form of horses […]

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The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

Welcome back to The Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s look at leading stories of the week in the racing and Thoroughbred industries, plus some items you may have missed. In this week’s show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick talk about a weighty issue — the mysterious disappearance of significant pound assignments in events like this weekend’s Santa Anita Handicap featuring […]

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Carpe Diem Set as Early Favorite for 2015 Derby

The following odds were released on Tuesday by Bovada for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Odds to win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky         Carpe Diem                               15/1 American Pharoah                     16/1 Texas Red                                16/1 Daredevil                                  20/1 El Kabeir                                   25/1 Cozmic One                              35/1 Jess’s Dream                            35/1 Blofeld                                     […]

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NY Times: Meet the Super Bowl ‘Wizards of Odds’

The sharp horse racing bettor looks forward to big events like the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup because of the pools and the public money that pours into them. Elsewhere in the gambling world, there’s no bigger event than the Super Bowl, and in the same way, professional bettors look to take advantage of all […]

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NHC Day 1 Leader Jose Arias Plans to ‘Keep Calm And Pick Winners’

Jose Arias, an environmental safety engineer from Bell Gardens, Calif., leads the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas after Day 1 with a $198.80 bankroll. As Day 1 leader, Arias earned a $6,000 bonus, as well as paid Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge […]

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Racinos Could Help Spell the End for Vegas, Alantic City

The destination casino cities of Las Vegas and Atlantic City may have seen the last of their glory days, according to a report by MyFoxNY. In recent decades, the rise of casinos on Native American reservations and of mega casinos in Macau chipped away at the profits of the two playgrounds. It’s the competition from […]

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Nevada: Deal reached, shutdown avoided of Vegas race books

Nevada Gaming Commission officials met Thursday with Las Vegas sports book operators and the Las Vegas Dissemination Company and were successful in reaching an agreement that will keep the state’s 83 race books open for another seven years. A shutdown of the race books was threatened since they were unable to agree on a new […]

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National Handicapping Championship Tour boosts prize, bonus money for 2012

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that signups for the 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour are being accepted at www.ntra.com/nhctour. The Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the 14th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held […]

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Handicapping tournaments show growth; TV coverage a goal

About 500 horseplayers are set to vie for a record $2 million purse in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Friday and Saturday at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.  The Thoroughbred Times takes an in-depth look at the potential of such tournaments to generate new interest in racing and attract an audience: “Handicapping tournaments […]

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