DAILY RACING FORM/NTRA NHC PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
RICHARD GROSE (WENTZVILLE, MO)
Occupation: Asphalt sealing contractor
Favorite Track: Belmont
Favorite Wager: Win/Place
Qualifying Site: NHCQualify.com
How did you first get into horse racing? I went to Fairmont Park with my step-grandfather in the 1970's so he and his buddies could drink beer. I was the designated driver.
How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship presented by Sovereign Stable? I've qualified eight years.
What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout? My best finish was 1st place. My best payout was $80,000 in the NTRA Finals a couple of months ago.
What wager created the largest payout for you? Please elaborate on the circumstances (date, track, etc.): I won over $9,000 on a $20 exacta because I punched the wrong number. The horse I did not mean to bet on won and paid a ton and my horse ran second and also paid a ton. The exacta paid over $900.
What is your most memorable horse racing experience? This year's NHC. I had a huge lead after the first day and blew it. Even though I won $80,000, I felt like I got hit by a bus.
Do you have any interesting hobbies, or experience or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting? Not really. I did write a computer program for the horses using the Filmaker Pro data base.
Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer? My step-grandfather was the only one. He passed away over 15 years ago. He and I had fun at the track.
What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of? Building my own small business.
What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won? Give 10% to family and friends, pay off mortgage and any other bills and put the rest under my mattress or in the bank depending on who is President.
Which person in Thoroughbred racing would you most like to have dinner with? Calvin Borel. I would like to pay for the dinner and thank him for such a great rail ride on Mine That Bird in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Also he seems like such a nice guy who probably has some great racing stories.
MARCH 16-17 WEEKEND NHC CONTEST RECAP
March 17 NHCQualify.com - www.nhcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx?cid=180
MARCH 30 NHC CONTESTS
March 30 Horsetourneys.com - www.horsetourneys.com
March 30 Monmouth Park Simulcast Series Challenge #3 - http://www.monmouthpark.com/contests.aspx?id=193
March 30 Emerald Downs Winter Handicapping Contest Series - http://www.emeralddowns.com/News.aspx?ID=259&Mon=12&Yr=2012
April 5-7 NHC CONTESTS
Treasure Island April 7 - Contact TI Casino Marketing at (800) 944-3777
Surfside Race Place April 5-7 www.surfsideraceplace.com/?page_id=692
NHCQualify.com April 6 - www.nhcqualify.com
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