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The Notebook May 30, 2013

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Name:  Stan Bavlish, 2007 NHC Champion

Las Vegas, NV - Virginia Beach, VA

Subway owner

Favorite Track: 

Favorite Wager: 
Pick 3/Pick 4

Qualifying Site: 
Treasure Island

How did you first get into horse racing?  My brother, Bob, took me to Monmouth Park for my 16th birthday.  I can, however, remember following jockey stats in the Daily News as early as eight-years-old.

How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the DRF/NTRA NHC?  I have qualified six times, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament and what is your largest tournament payout?  I finished first in NHC 2007.  I won $406,000.

What wager created the largest payout for you?  Please elaborate on the circumstances (date, track, etc.)?
It was in 2005 at Churchill Downs when Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby.  I hit the trifecta for $66,000 and the next two picks 3's for another $33,000.  I keyed Closing Argument in the race.

What is your most memorable horse racing experience?  Being at the Belmont for the last three Triple Crown winners.

Do you have any interesting hobbies, experiences or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting?  Even at my advanced age I try to run in at least one 5k race a year, the last being Miami in April.

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer?  My brother, Bob.

What accomplishment in life are you most proud of?  Being elected by the Franchisees to the Board of Directors for Subway's Independent Purchasing Co-op for five terms (15 years).  It's been gratifying to be part of something that has had a positive impact on people's lives.

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won?  Try to help friends in need.



Registration is now open at for the June 1 NHC Tour free online contest.  Contest races will be posted on Thursday, May 30 on the game home page.  DRF free PPS will be available on Friday, May 31.  Race selections may be made beginning Friday, May 31, after official program numbers have been assigned.   This free contest will award five 2014 NHC berths, including a four-night complimentary stay at Treasure Island Las Vegas and a flight reimbursement up to $400.    If you have not registered for the 2013 NHC Tour please do so in advance of the June 1 contest date.  Click here to read press release.


Treasure Island will host its final 2013 Wager to Win NHC contest on Sunday, June 9.  The entry fee is $500 and all entry fees will be returned as cash prizes.  The top three finishers will earn NHC 15 berths.  Contest players will also receive reserved seating in the TI Race and Sports Book on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 8.  Reserved seating is limited.  For more details on the Wager to Win tournament, contact Treasure Island Casino Marketing at 1-800-944-3777.


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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