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A “by the numbers” glance at the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas. This year's event will be held from Jan. 24-26 at Treasure Island Las Vegas.

2,000,000: dollars in bonus money that will go to 2013 NHC Tour winner Brent Sumja if he can also win this weekend’s NHC

1,800,000: dollars in NHC prize money this season

1,500,000: dollars in NHC finals prize money (the rest was awarded to yearlong NHC Tour leaders)

750,000: dollars awarded to the NHC winner Sunday at the conclusion of the finals

3,200: estimated number of NHC Tour players in 2013 (registration for the 2014 Tour is now open here ntra.com/en/nhc/become-a-member)

495: Number of NHC finals entrants

78: NHC players hailing from California, the most of any state or province

77: age of the oldest NHC player (Dick Mueller of White Bear Lake, Minn.)

50: finalists who will advance after the first two full days of competitions

29: women known to be playing in the NHC

23: age of the youngest NHC player (UNLV student David Wang)

15: years the NHC has been held, including this weekend’s NHC XV

12: most NHC appearances by a single player (tied: Sally Goodall, Paul Shurman and David “Trey” Stiles)

10: finalists that will advance to the “Final Table”

10: players who have qualified for the NHC 10 or more times out of 15 possible years

7: past NHC champions playing in this year’s NHC finals

5: past NHC Tour champions playing in this year’s NHC finals

4: married couples represented by entries for both halves (Nicole and Kevin Cox, Karen and Mark Richards, Bryan and Judy Wagner, Brett and Sarah Wiener)

3: Number of days the NHC finals will unfold over, Friday to Sunday

3: finalists among the cast of the new Esquire Network reality series Horseplayers (Kevin Cox, Lee Davis and Christian Hellmers)

1: Eclipse Award for Handicapper of the Year that will go to the NHC winner

 

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Jim Mulvihill

Jim Mulvihill is director of media and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Prior to joining the NTRA, he served as communications and pari-mutuel marketing manager at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, a Churchill Downs Inc. company in New Orleans.

Mulvihill has served in a variety of public relations positions within and outside of Thoroughbred racing, including roles at the New Orleans Museum of Art (director of communications and marketing), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (director of communications and marketing) and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie (staff writer and communications manager).

Additionally, Mulvihill has contributed horse racing content for outlets including Associated Press, Thoroughbred Times, The Saratoga Special and Texas Thoroughbred and served as an intern for the New York Racing Association and Daily Racing Form.

Mulvihill received a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College and attended the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Image Description

Jim Mulvihill

Jim Mulvihill is director of media and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Prior to joining the NTRA, he served as communications and pari-mutuel marketing manager at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, a Churchill Downs Inc. company in New Orleans.

Mulvihill has served in a variety of public relations positions within and outside of Thoroughbred racing, including roles at the New Orleans Museum of Art (director of communications and marketing), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (director of communications and marketing) and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie (staff writer and communications manager).

Additionally, Mulvihill has contributed horse racing content for outlets including Associated Press, Thoroughbred Times, The Saratoga Special and Texas Thoroughbred and served as an intern for the New York Racing Association and Daily Racing Form.

Mulvihill received a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College and attended the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

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