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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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Gilbert Maintains NHC Lead; Gallo, Littlemore Surge Toward Final Table

Heading into the second day of the 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas, J. Randy Gallo was confident he could look around the room and be certain of two things. “I know 90% of the people here and I’m not in their […]

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Veteran, Former Teacher Gilbert Takes Early Lead In 20th NHC

Robert Gilbert, a 68-year-old former high school teacher and military veteran, surged to the lead after the final mandatory race went into the books during Day 1 of the 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas, topping the leaderboard with a mythical bankroll […]

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Celebrities, Media Members Line Up In Charity Challenge To Benefit PDJF

While the title of Horseplayer of the Year will be the most illustrious honor up for grabs during this weekend’s 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas, another highly-competitive bragging right will be on the line when a cross section of notable journalists, […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Indiana Racing & Breeding: Do Battle With Sports Betting?

The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation recently released its latest white paper on an issue that’s all the talk in the racing industry: What to do about the legalization of sports betting? In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what the TIF proposes and the feasibility of making necessary changes within […]

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Field Set: 522 Horseplayers Competing For Nearly $2.9 Million In 20th Annual NHC Tournament

Tournament officials have determined the final field size and purse distribution for this weekend’s 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens and Treasure Island Las Vegas. Thursday’s Last Chance/First Chance qualifier, hosted by Treasure Island, added 15 seats to this weekend’s main event and contributed to the cash […]

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Kinchen, Matties Brothers Top Individual Betting Interests At NHC

Jonathon Kinchen, the 2015 NHC Tour champion, and sibling stalwarts Duke Matties and Paul Matties, Jr. are the top individual betting interests according to player odds released for this weekend’s 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. Kinchen is making his eighth appearance at the NHC this week with […]

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Nearly 700 Entries Competing For $3 Million In Prizes At National Horseplayers Championship

An estimated field of 670 entries will compete for nearly $2.9 million in cash and awards – and horse racing’s official title of “Horseplayer of the Year” – at this weekend’s 20th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. Both the field size and the purse are the second-largest […]

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NHC’s Million Dollar Man, Michael Beychok, Relished The Moment That Changed His Life

He had done all he could to put himself at the mercy of fate, using his most trusted figures and knowledge to land on the horse who would carry life-changing circumstances on her shoulders in addition to the 122 pounds on her back. So as the field for the ninth race at Golden Gate Fields […]

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