Terry's Notes: A Handicapper's Championship Purse Paradise
Greetings. I am out in Las Vegas for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. There is a good vibe in the air. The energy levels are high and the competition is intense as players aim to become 2010 Handicapper of the Year. We have two clients from our partnerships that made it all the way to this championship round plus Brian Wayne, the winner of the first ever West Point Handicapping Challenge online NHC qualifier held last Thanksgiving weekend, to encourage during the competition.
Jeff Bloom and I enjoyed meeting several of the competitors Thursday night at the player's reception. I think there are over 300 handicappers playing at this elite level. This is the 12th NHC and it just keeps growing in both players and purse. For the second consecutive year, the purse is over $1,000,000 and it is expected to be $2,000,000 next year. If you like to handicap, consider getting in on the action in the 2011.
The stable is wrapping up the month with a big weekend and most of the focus is in south Florida. Our filly, Belle of the Hall, is all set for the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park. She'll definitely relish the short distance after clearly expressing her preference for one verus two turns last year. Before the Sunshine Millions, our talented four-year-old Middle of the Nite returns from a layoff in a first level allowance race. He ran against some of the best three-year-olds last spring, including Eskendereya and Rule. We have an army of enthusiastic Partners coming to Gulfstream for the races. Everyone is pumped and looking forward to mid-70s sunshine and socializing.
Also Saturday on the west coast, first timer Runflatout is ready to roll. As a two-year-old, he got sick right before a highly anticipated debut so we had to stop on him. John Sadler says he's doing great and his Partners are eager to see him at Santa Anita.
Until next time,