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Last Season’s Tour Rookie Of The Year Joe Rosen Returns For NHC

Joe Rosen, who owns pieces of horses through the Little Red Feather and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners syndicates, came into last year’s NHC as the 2018 NHC Tour Rookie of the Year. “It was nerve-wracking when I got to the NHC,” Rosen said. “It was a lot of fun competing all last year. The first tournament […]

‘Completely Different Mindset’: Jockey Agent Doug Bredar Takes On NHC

As a topnotch jockey agent and former racing secretary at some of the biggest tracks in the country, Doug Bredar is adept at handicapping horse races. After all, it’s his job to put Florent Geroux on as many winners possible this winter at the Fair Grounds and elsewhere for stakes races. But the Louisville-based Bredar […]

‘Crazy Bet’ Nets Native New Zealander Her First NHC Berth

No one came farther to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment and Bally’s Las Vegas than Trish Dunell of Auckland, New Zealand. The thoroughbred owner-breeder qualified for the 2020 NHC by winning the top prize in a series handicapping competitions in her country. “I was lucky enough to […]

Churchill Downs’ Kerstein Prepares For Maiden NHC Voyage

Kevin Kerstein, Churchill Downs’ 30-year-old publicity manager, grew up in Philadelphia before moving to Louisville to attend Bellarmine University. For a guy who didn’t know anything about horse racing until coming to Kentucky, he’s now all-in. Kerstein is as much a barn rat as any kid born into horse racing. He speaks of his employment […]

NHC Rookie Part 3: ‘It’s A Hard Game’

 Kyle King, a 30-year-old math teacher at a suburban Chicago high school, won Hawthorne’s live-money tournament on the Aug. 12 Arlington Million card to qualify for the first time to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. King’s wife, Elizabeth, had their first child, Evelyn, on New Year’s […]

NHC Rookie: ‘Math Guy’ Kyle King Spent Six Years On His Handicapping Program

Kyle King, a 30-year-old math teacher at a suburban Chicago high school, won Hawthorne’s live-money tournament on the Aug. 12 Arlington Million card to qualify for the first time to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. King’s wife, Elizabeth, had their first child, Evelyn, on New Year’s […]

Owensboro Native One Of Four NHC Qualifiers From Ellis Park Tourney

Timothy “Marc” Stateler returned to his roots to earn his first trip to the racing’s most lucrative and prestigious event for handicapping, the National Horseplayers Championship Friday through Sunday in Las Vegas, thanks to Ellis Park’s Bluegrass Tournament presented by AmWager. The NHC, in its 19th edition, is expected to have about 700 entries and […]

Ellis Park: Four Guaranteed NHC Berths On The Line In Live-Money Tourney Aug. 20

One of the fundamental principles for serious horseplayers is finding value. And you won’t find many tournaments that offer competitors the value of the Aug. 20 live-money Bluegrass Tournament at Ellis Park, whose top four finishers earn trips to handicapping’s most prestigious competition. “Yay! Ellis is back in the fold. With (track owner) Ron Geary, […]

NHC Rookie: ‘I’d Love To Be Back’

Barry Northern is a lifelong racing fan who has never lived more than a few miles from Churchill Downs and now works as the Kentucky Derby Museum’s assistant manager of visitor services after spending most of his adult life selling golf equipment. Northern is a first-time qualifier for the $2.9 million DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship […]

NHC Rookie: ‘You’re Never Out Of It’

Barry Northern is a lifelong racing fan who has never lived more than a few miles from Churchill Downs and now works as the Kentucky Derby Museum’s assistant manager of visitor services after spending most of his adult life selling golf equipment. Northern is a first-time qualifier for the $2.9 million DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship […]