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The Notebook April 03, 2013

NHC News

TWO-TIME NHC QUALIFIER LARRY DAVID IN THE NEWS

NHC Tour’s Larry David quickly makes a name for himself (Daily Racing Form)

http://www.drf.com/news/nhc-tours-david-quickly-makes-name-himself

FLIRTING WITH THE LEADER BOARD

Thirty-six minutes of fame (Red Rock or Bust)

http://www.redrockorbust.blogspot.com/2013/03/36-minutes-of-fame.html?m=1

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 the press release. 

Click here to view the 2014 NHC rules. 

DAILY RACING FORM/NTRA NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNING TO TREASURE ISLAND LAS VEGAS

The $1.5-million guaranteed Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Sovereign Stable will be held at Treasure Island Las Vegas January 24-26, 2014. In advance of the NHC, Treasure Island will host its Wager to Win contests offering cash prizes and NHC qualifying berths to the top three finishers in each contest.  The first Wager to Win contest will take place April 7.  For more details on the Wager to Win tournaments , contact Treasure Island Casino Marketing at 1-800-944-3777.

Click here to the read press release.

A MESSAGE FROM SOVEREIGN STABLE

Click here to read a message from National Handicapping Championship presenting sponsor, Sovereign Stable. 

DAILY RACING FORM/NTRA NHC PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

RON RICHARDSON (LANSDALE, Pa.)

Richardson

Occupation:  Telecommunications Engineer

Favorite track:  Del Mar

Favorite wager:  Pick 5 

How did you first get into horse racing?  My mother took me to Garden State Park when I was 11.  There was a gimmick bet called the twin double.  You had to pick the winner of two races then exchange your ticket and pick the winner of the next two races.  She won and I was hooked.

How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship presented by Sovereign Stable?  Twice. I qualified for the first NHC in 2000.  I was in 5th after the first day, ended up in 52nd place and I qualified in 2012.

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout?  Best finish was 3rd place at Philly Park in 1999.  It was a real money tournament.  I ended up with $2,700 plus $500 for the tournament. 

What wager created the largest payout for you?  A pick $1.00 4 at Santa Anita about four years ago, paid a little over $8500.

What is your most memorable horse racing experience?  I had a 10% interest in a West Point horse named Grand Hope who ran in the Riva Ridge in 1999.  I met Pat Day who rode him and sat two rows behind D. Wayne Lukas, who trained the winner, Yes It's True.  If not for Charismatic breaking down in the stretch later in the Belmont, it would have been a great day.

Do you have any interesting hobbies, or experience or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting?  Just handicapping.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?  Father of three great kids and seven (great) grandkids.

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won?  Travel to every race track in America that I haven't been to yet.

Which person in Thoroughbred racing would you most like to have dinner with?  Todd Pletcher or Bob Baffert just to try to understand how they stay so successful.

MARCH 23-24 NHC CONTEST RECAP

March 23 Horsetourneys.com - http://www.horsetourneys.com/leaderboard/contest/743

March 24  NHCQualify.com - http://www.nhcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx?cid=181

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

April 5-7 NHC CONTESTS

Treasure Island April 7 - Contact Casino Marketing 800.944.3777

Surfside Race Place April 5-7 www.surfsideraceplace.com/?page_id=692

NHCQualify.com April 6 - www.nhcqualify.com

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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From Mary: "Making new friends at the morning works, Gulfstream Park 3/30/2013." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and a brief caption to photos@ntra.com.

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