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How He Did It: NHC Champion Coles Focused On Picking Winners Through Technology

Scott Coles wasn’t born yet when Andy Beyer wrote his breakthrough book “Picking Winners” in 1975, but that’s the mantra the 34-year-old Illinois resident followed last weekend when he defeated some of the most seasoned handicappers in the game and won the $800,000 first-place prize in the National Horseplayers Championship. Presented for the 20th time by […]

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First-Year Qualifier Coles Takes Down $800,000 Prize As National Horseplayers Championship Winner

If Scott Coles wanted to leave the 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)  with the $800,000 first-place check and an Eclipse Award to his name, he figured that acting like the best handicapper in the room wasn’t going to cut it. He had to play fields that weren’t obvious attractions. He had to focus on […]

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Record 702 Entries Set To Compete At National Horseplayer’s Championship

Tournament officials determined the final field size and purse distribution for this weekend’s 19th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas at the conclusion of Thursday’s “Last Chance” qualifier, hosted by Treasure Island, which added 11 entries to this weekend’s main event and contributes to the cash prize pool. […]

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Las Vegas Embraces New Realities: Can Racing Do The Same?

After a few days in Sin City for the National Handicapping Championship last weekend, it became as obvious as doubling down on 11: Las Vegas is evolving — both physically and virtually — and horse racing, as a gambling industry subset, might want to pay attention to what’s happening. For starters, the new Vegas is […]

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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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California Owner Bongiovanni Tops First Day Of NHC

First-time qualifier Phil Bongiovanni, a 43-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse owner from Yorba Linda, Calif., leads the 17th Daily Racing Form/NTRA NHC Presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas with a $200 bankroll after Day 1 of the three-day tournament at Treasure Island. Bongiovanni hit two “cap” horses worth the maximum $42 to win […]

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The Friday Show: From The Island Of Handicapping Treasure

Now in its 17th year, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship has grown in every way imaginable — from the number of participants vying for its lucrative payday to the forces of competition that make it one of the most difficult tasks in all of horse racing. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow […]

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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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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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Treasure Island to host three NHC qualifiers

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Treasure Island Las Vegas, the host site for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) will offer three separate NHC qualifying tournaments on Saturday, April 7, Sunday May 6 and Sunday June 10. Each “Wager to Win” competition will carry a $300 entry fee and […]

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