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Women in Racing: Wagner Forged Her Own Path in Handicapping World

When Judy Wagner first started making waves in the male-dominated arena of handicapping contests, she heard a few whispers. “Here comes the real handicapper now,” someone would say as her husband walked into the room behind her. “I guess she does know how to read the Form a little,” another remarked after Wagner explained her […]

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Horseplayer Mike Mayo Dies at 59

Mike Mayo, a handicapping tournament mainstay and the longtime Chairman of the NHC Players’ Committee, passed away Thursday, September 18 after a brief illness. Mike and his wife, Marsha, were familiar faces at racetracks and handicapping tournaments around the country, including at the NHC, where he was a 10-time qualifier. Beyond the pari-mutuel windows and […]

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2015 NHC Estimated Purse Raised to $2 Million

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the estimated purse for the 16th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas, has been increased 25 percent to a record $2 million. The 2014 NHC purse was $1,590,000. An additional $200,000 in previously […]

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Four NHC Berths Up for Grabs in Upcoming Arlington Handicapping Challenge

The recent Esquire Network series “Horseplayers” highlighted the world of big-money handicapping tournaments and with that in mind Arlington International Racecourse and Trackside Off-Track Betting are pleased to announce their biggest tournament ever – the 2014 Arlington Handicapping Challenge set for Sunday, July 13. The Arlington Handicapping Challenge is a live-money tournament with NO additional […]

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Front-Running Arias Nabs National Handicapping Championship

Jose Arias of Bell Gardens near Los Angeles topped a field of 500 to win the $750,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year at this weekend’s 15th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas. The 36-year-old environmental […]

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Boom! $44.80 Winner Keeps First-Day Leader Arias Atop NHC Standings

The field for Sunday’s Final 50 Tournament is set after Day 2 at the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas concluded with Day 1 leader Jose Arias still on top, holding a $326 bankroll. The highest score on Day 2 races went […]

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Follow the 2014 National Handicapping Championship

The 2014 National Handicapping Championship kicked off today in Las Vegas, where about 500 players are gathered at Treasure Island Casino. Partway through the day, Tony Brice lead the field with 169 points, followed closely by Francis Boustany with 158.60 and John Wilhelm, who shot from 53rd to take third place by midafternoon. A win […]

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NHC champ Michael Beychok: ‘A million dollar heart’

Michael Beychok won the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship earlier this year by the narrowest of margins-one dollar. That small amount was the difference in winning the grand prize of $1 million or finishing second and collecting ‘just’ $150,000. Everything came down to the final race, an $8,000 maiden claimer at Golden Gate Fields. […]

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Michael Beychok captures million-dollar NHC grand prize

Michael Beychok of Baton Rouge, La., topped a record field of 480 to win the $1,000,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year at the 13th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Sovereign Stable Saturday night. The 48-year-old Beychok, a political consultant, amassed a winning score of $238.60 […]

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Nolan White leads field of 480 players after Day 1 at NHC

At the end of day one of the 13th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, Nolan White, a 36-year-old attorney from Canton, Texas, leads 480 handicappers vying for a $1-million first-place prize. The contest, being held at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, concludes Saturday. White ended the day with $164.30 for 15 mythical […]

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