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The Notebook April 11, 2013

NHC News

2014 DAILY RACING FORM/NTRA NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT ANNOUNCED

The 2014 NHC has been expanded to three days and will feature a "Final 50" and "Final Table" on Day 3 of the tournament.  Players reaching the "Final 50" will each be guaranteed prize money and compete for a seat at the "Final Table," which will feature a five-race competition.  All those not in the top 50 at the end of Day 2 will have their scores reset to zero and be entered into a free, 10-race, $60,000-guaranteed consolation tournament on Day 3.

Click here to read press release.

Click here to view the 2014 NHC rules.  

DAILY RACING FORM/NTRA NHC PLAYER SPOTLIGHT 

PAUL HOFFMAN (SCHAUMBURG, IL)

Hoffman

Occupation: Retail Manager 

Favorite Track: Arlington Park

Favorite Wager: $2 Win/Place Mythical Bet

Qualifying Site: Arlington Park

How did you first get into horse racing? Friends at work were all "horse happy."

How many times have you previously qualified for the National Handicapping Championship? This is my third consecutive year starting with NHC 12.

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout?  I finished in second place at Hawthorne in a NHC qualifying event with a cash prize of $4,000.

What wager created the largest payout for you? A Pick 4 on June 19, 2009 at Arlington Park. It paid $7853.50. 

What is your most memorable horse racing experience? Watching John Henry beat The Bart in the inaugural Arlington Million.

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer?  My father and grandfather were active horseplayers. The next generation is slowly coming around.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of? Qualifying for this event is a distant second to raising a perfect son. 

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won? I would take early retirement and map out a plan to play in as many NHC qualifying events as I can. 

INTERVIEW WITH DAN CAMORO AND CHRIS LARMEY

Click here to watch a fantastic interview with two of Emerald Downs’s DRF NHC Tour standouts, Dan Camoro and Chris Larmey. 

MARCH 30-31 NHC CONTEST RECAP

March 30 Arlington Park OTB - http://www.arlingtonpark.com/sites/default/files/u18/HdcpContest_3-30-13.pdf

March 30 Horsetourneys.com - http://www.horsetourneys.com/leaderboard/contest/768

Click here for a list of current 2013 NHC tournaments by contest date. 

APRIL 13-14 NHC CONTESTS

NHCQualify.com April 13 - www.nhcqualify.com

Horsetourneys.com April 14 - www.horsetourneys.com

DRF NHC TOUR FREE ONLINE CONTESTS

We will be announcing the first free online contest date in the next week.  There will be four free NTRA.com contests in 2013.  Five NHC berths will be awarded in each contest, including a complimentary four-night stay at Treasure Island Las Vegas and a flight reimbursement up to $400. 

Click here for an alphabetical list of current 2013 NHC qualifiers.

Click here for the overall 2013 DRF NHC Tour Leader Board.

Click here for the 2013 DRF NHC First-Half Leader Board.

Click here to join the 2013 DRF NHC Tour.

 

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