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The Notebook August 01, 2013

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Name:  Jamaal Barnett

Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Transit Enforcer Dispatcher

Favorite Track: 
Saratoga, Keeneland and Gulfstream

Favorite Wager: 
Anything with the word “Pick” in it (Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6)

Qualifying Site:  Belmont Park

How did you first get into horse racing?  Going to Woodbine Racetrack with my dad on the weekends since I could walk.  I started off looking forward to the stakes race of the day with horses I recognized, then slowly started to handicap the races, peeping at my dad and his friends racing form, listening to their banters back and forth about their picks (I was like a sponge soaking it all in).  I would also get tips from them when they had the time, in particular his friend Trevor.

How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the DRF/NTRA NHC?  I have qualified twice previously in 2009 and 2010 (It’s been a few years between drinks).

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout?  This year at Belmont Park finishing third, The prize was $10,000.

What wager created the largest payout for you? Please elaborate on the circumstances (date, track, etc.)?  I caught the Belmont late Pick 4 the Saturday of the Belmont tournament, the Pick 4 paid $6,700.  It was just one of those weekends (Hope for many more of them).

What is your most memorable horse racing experience? inning tickets to the 1996 Breeders' Cup when it was held at Woodbine.  I won tickets on local horse racing radio show, they had a Breeders Cup trivia question which I got right (At the age of 14).  I won good seats and went with my Dad.  I got to see Cigar among others in the walking ring.

Do you have any interesting hobbies, experiences or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting? I really enjoy traveling (actually in the Bahamas this week).  My other enjoyment is football.  I love watching NFL all day on Sundays.  I play fantasy football and play in a men's touch football league.  I also like to spend time with my family and friends.

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer? My Dad loved horse racing, unfortunately he is now passed away.  My Uncle Bancroft (my Mom’s brother) enjoys horse racing as well and is an aggressive gambler.  I use to go to the OTB with him and he taught me the art of “Part-Wheeling” once I learned how to handicap.  I like to say that I have horse racing in my blood both top and bottom.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of? Qualifying for the NHC finals at the age of 25, and being a good son and friend.

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won? Officially start my life ... buy a condo or house. I would help out family and friends.  And play in my tournaments of course!  I would buy into the Breeders Cup Betting Challenge, one of the best tournaments out there.


The Saturday, August 3 DRF NHC Tour free online contest is now open.  Go to to enter.  Dates for the final two free contests are September 7 and October 5.  These free contests each will award five 2014 NHC berths, including a four-night complimentary stay at Treasure Island Las Vegas and a flight reimbursement up to $400.  Registration details coming soon!


$200,000 Guaranteed WYNN Las Vegas Handicapping Challenge
- Aug. 2-3

NHC Tour Free Online Challenge
- Aug. 3

Suffolk Downs
- Aug. 3

Emerald Downs
- Aug. 3

Derby Wars
- Aug. 3, 10, 17 & 24

- Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25
- Aug. 4 & 31

- Aug. 7-8

Lone Star Park
- Aug. 10

Canterbury Park
- Aug. 10-11
- Aug. 11, 18 & 25

DRF Bets - Aug. 17

Sovereign Stable Free Online Challenge - Aug. 17

- Aug. 24-25

"The Big One" Ellis Park
- Aug. 31-Sept. 1



Click here for the current 2013-2014 NHC Tour schedule.

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 Tour First-Half Leader Board.

Click here to join the 2013 DRF NHC Tour.

Click here to view the 2013 DRF NHC Tour rules.

Click here to view the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping official rules.

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