COVID-19: NHC Tour Announces Rule Changes Due To Travel, Gathering Restrictions

The NTRA sent the following message Tuesday about rule changes for this year’s NHC Tour due to travel and gathering restrictions for the coronavirus: Due to the escalating and evolving circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic and current and pending policies barring on-track spectators at racetracks across the United States, we are revising the NHC Tour […]

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Goldsmith Works Strategy To Perfection To Capture 2020 NHC Title

Like so many before him, Thomas Goldsmith arrived in Las Vegas this week looking for trouble. Unlike most who find themselves in the midst of drama on the famous strip, the resident of Montgomery, CA was able to emerge from a heated battle with his life undoubtedly changed for the better. The 21st edition of […]

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21-1 Longshot Propels John Vail To NHC Lead On Day 2

If there was one key lesson John Vail gleaned from his lone prior visit to the NTRA’s National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) in 2016, it was not to stray too far from the strategy that got him there. Where he found himself futilely chasing longshot after longshot during his time as an NHC rookie nearly four […]

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NHC Day 1: Early Leader Albion Benton Honed Skills At Rockingham Park

As he stood inside the Bally’s Event Center Friday evening surrounded by nearly 600 of his horseplayer brethren, Albion Benton recalled the early handicapping mettle instilled in him during his early days growing up near Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. “Believe it or not, my uncle used to go head to head with me every single day,” […]

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‘Completely Different Mindset’: Jockey Agent Doug Bredar Takes On NHC

As a topnotch jockey agent and former racing secretary at some of the biggest tracks in the country, Doug Bredar is adept at handicapping horse races. After all, it’s his job to put Florent Geroux on as many winners possible this winter at the Fair Grounds and elsewhere for stakes races. But the Louisville-based Bredar […]

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‘Crazy Bet’ Nets Native New Zealander Her First NHC Berth

No one came farther to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment and Bally’s Las Vegas than Trish Dunell of Auckland, New Zealand. The thoroughbred owner-breeder qualified for the 2020 NHC by winning the top prize in a series handicapping competitions in her country. “I was lucky enough to […]

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Overflow Field Of Celebrities, Media To Play In NHC Charity Challenge

While the 21st NTRA National Horseplayers Championship Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment and Bally’s will crown the best handicapper in the sport, industry accolades will be on the line as a cross section of notable journalists, analysts, and personalities compete in the 6th Annual Runhappy/NTRA NHC Charity Challenge presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka […]

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148 ‘Rookies’ In Field of Nearly 700 Contesting National Horseplayers Championship

An estimated field of nearly 700 entries will compete for a record prize pool of some $2.95 million – and horse racing’s official title of “Horseplayer of the Year” – at this weekend’s 21st NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment and Bally’s. The three-day tournament, Friday to Sunday at Bally’s Las Vegas, will offer a first-place prize […]

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NHC Contestant Trommer Has Seen The Peaks And Valleys Of Racing As A Horseplayer And An Owner

Evan Trommer chuckles a bit when recalling the details of how he first qualified for the NTRA’s National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) – partially because, even eight years after the fact, he can still tap into the emotions of the moment as if they had transpired in recent days. Seated at his home base of Keeneland […]

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