national horseplayers championship

Evan Freedman Wins Hialeah Park’s First-Ever NHC Qualifier

Handicapper Evan Freedman was a “day of” entrant into the first-ever National Horseplayers Championship qualifier at Hialeah Park on Sunday January 12. When the official sign lit up on the final race of the tournament at Gulfstream Park, Freedman’s “all in” wager on 5-1 winner Tricky Magician secured his victory over 54 competitors, including two-time […]

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No Gimmicks? No Problem For Tampa Bay Downs Handicapping Contest Winner Mike Buccina

Mike Buccina had a few good reasons for not entering Saturday’s High Rollers Handicapping Contest at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. “I was hedging, because I’ve been going so bad,” the former Thoroughbred owner said. “And I’m not a win-place-show bettor. I’m a gimmick player – I can’t remember the last time I bet […]

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Hall Of Fame Sportscaster Returns To ‘Postcard’ Hialeah For NHC Qualifier

Hall of Fame sportscaster Lesley Visser, who covered major sporting events around the world during an incomparable career in network broadcasting, fondly remembers the first time she ever saw a Thoroughbred horse race in person. “It was in 1973 at Hialeah Park,” she recalled. “I was in school at Boston College and a group of […]

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Tampa Bay Downs To Host High Rollers Handicapping Contest Jan. 11

The second annual High Rollers Handicapping Contest, featuring a potential first-place prize of $20,000, will be held Saturday, Jan. 11 in the VIP Room at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. Players are required to deposit $1,000, of which $500 serves as the player’s wagering bankroll and $500 goes to the prize pool. Any dollar […]

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Hialeah Names Altitude Training Company As Sponsor For NHC Qualifier

The Florida-based firm Altitude International, Inc. (www.altitude-international.com), a leading-edge technology corporation specializing in simulated altitude training for human and equine athletes, will sponsor the National Horseplayers Championship qualifying tournament in the Champions Simulcast Center & Sports Bar at Hialeah Park on Sunday, January 12, 2020. “We’re thrilled to be part of this historical first at […]

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Hialeah Park To Host ‘Last Chance’ Qualifier For National Horseplayers Championship

For the first time in the long and storied history of this iconic South Florida landmark, Hialeah Park will host a qualifying tournament for the National Horseplayers Championship. The qualifier will be held in the Champions Simulcast Center & Sports Bar located on the second floor of the clubhouse at Hialeah Park on Sunday January […]

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NHC Champion Coles Eligible For $3 Million Bonus At BCBC

Scott Coles, who became the youngest ever winner of the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) when he took down top honors at the 20th edition of the tournament, will have a chance to add to his laurels when he plays for a $3 million BCBC-NHC Rolling Double Bonus at next weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC). In his first […]

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Tony Martin Captures Grand Prize At Laurel’s The BIG One Handicapping Tournament

Tony Martin, a 51-year-old retired groundskeeper from Lexington, Ky., took home the grand prize of $27,000 plus his bankroll and seats at two premiere upcoming events during The BIG One handicapping tournament hosted by Laurel Park. The two-day, live-bankroll tournament was held Sept. 21 and 22 in the second-floor clubhouse sports bar at Laurel, coinciding […]

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April Scanio Rides Higher Power To NHC Qualifier Win At Indiana Grand

April Scanio competed in the 2018 NHC Qualifier at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind., and a member of her group won the qualifier. This year, it was April’s turn to take home the top prize as she topped a field of 105 entries to win the fourth annual NHC Qualifier at Indiana Grand Saturday, Aug. […]

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Hellmers Crushes Exacta To Win Pacific Classic Betting Challenge

Christian Hellmers, from Rancho Santa Fe, CA, hit a race 4 exacta that paid more than $16,000 to blast into the lead in Saturday’s Pacific Classic Betting Challenge at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. Hellmers held on from there over 206 total entries with a final bankroll of $18,420. In addition, […]

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