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The Notebook April 25, 2013

NHC News

NHC Player Spotlight

Name:  Gary Johnson

Resides: Cleveland, OH

Occupation: Beulah Park Handicapper 

Favorite Track: Dead heat between Del Mar and Keeneland

Favorite Wager: Pick Four

Qualifying Site: Two-time qualifier at Surfside Race Place

How did you first get into horse racing?  At the age of 15, I began as a hot walker at Thistledown and I have worked in racing ever since.  I have been a Beulah Park handicapper for the last seven years.

How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship presented by Sovereign Stable?  The past seven years.

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout?  I finished in first place in the Red Rock Shootout and won $15,000.

What is your most memorable horse racing experience?  Winning six races on the same day as a trainer.

Do you have any interesting hobbies, or experience or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting?  I won 1,295 races while training horses and 26 training titles, which included 205 wins in 2001.

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer?  My brother, Billy, is a jockey agent for Deshawn Parker.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?  Meeting great friends and being able to live the dream.

Which person in Thoroughbred racing would you most like to have dinner with? I would love to have dinner with Katie Mikolay Gensler...now that is dreaming.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

TREASURE ISLAND'S WAGER TO WIN X

Treasure Island will host its second 2013 Wager to Win NHC contest on Sunday, May 5.  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 Kentucky Derby Day. Reserved seating is limited.  For more details on the Wager to Win tournament, contact Treasure Island Casino Marketing at 1-800-944-3777.

APRIL 27 - 28 NHC CONTESTS
Hawthorne Race Course - April 27 & 28

NHCQualify.com - April 27

Emerald Downs - April 28: No buy-in

Horsetourneys.com - April 28

MAY 4 - 5 NHC CONTESTS
Public Handicapper Challenge - May 3 - November 2

Treasure Island - May 5

DRF / NTRA NHC TOUR FREE ONLINE CONTESTS
The first free DRF NHC Tour contest will be held in mid-May.  There will be four free NTRA.com contests in 2013.  Five NHC berths will be awarded in each contest, including a complimentary four-night stay at Treasure Island, Las Vegas and a flight reimbursement up to $400.

RESULTS & RECAP

NHCQualify.com - April 13

Horsetourneys.com - April 14

STANDINGS & LINKS

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 First-Half Leader Board.

Click here to join the 2013 DRF NHC Tour.

2013 DRF / NTRA NHC TOUR SCHEDULE UPDATED AS OF APRIL 18
Click here for a list of current 2013 NHC tournaments by contest date. 

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Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Mary M. Meek, winner of this week's Fan Photo Contest!

From Mary: "We've got our jockey goggles, where are our horses?' Two future jockeys in the paddock at Keeneland on 4/14/2013." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to photos@NTRA.com.

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