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The Notebook July 18, 2013

NHC News

DAILY RACING FORM / NTRA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

NHC

Name:  Jim Goodman

Resides:  
Frankfort, KY

Occupation:  Director of Mutuels and Simulcasting, Keeneland Association

Favorite Track:  Keeneland.....tough choice!

Favorite Wager:  Pick Four

Qualifying Site:  Horsetourneys.com

How did you first get into horse racing?  In my early twenties, I had a friend who convinced me to go to Churchill Downs.   At that time I lived in southwestern Kentucky and had not been exposed to live racing.  In the fall of that year, we traveled to Keeneland and I was hooked for life.

How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the DRF/NTRA NHC?  This is my first time to qualify for the NHC.

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout?  Second place in a qualifying tournament; no prize money other than the $500 travel allowance.

What wager created the largest payout for you?  Please elaborate on the circumstances (date, track, etc.).  I hit a $7,200 Pick Four during the Keeneland Spring Meet in 2012.

What is your most memorable horse racing experience?  Seeing Alysheba win the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.  

Do you have any interesting hobbies, experiences or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting?  I retired as Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Parks at the age of 49, prior to beginning my second career at Keeneland.  I am also the Contest Coordinator for the DRF/NTRA qualifying tournaments at Keeneland, where I have met many of my fellow tournament players.  

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer?  My 19-year-old son; he seems to have been born with a Racing Form in his hands.  His first trip to Keeneland was the Thunder Gulch Blue Grass in 1995, when he was 11 months old.  

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?  My family; I have a beautiful, accomplished wife, Becky, and two great children, Tracy and David.

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won?  I know that my wife would be retiring; I would not since I have one of the greatest jobs in the world, but the money would certainly make paying for college much easier.  Might be a new car in there for me...but I am just honored to have made the field with all the great contest players I have met.

Meet Jim in person at the July 27 Keeneland 
Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Challenge.  Click here for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

NHCQualify.com -  20 & 27

Horsetourneys.com - 21 & 28

TwinSpires.com - 20, 21, 27 & 28

Del Mar Online Contest - September 4

Woodbine - July 21

Keeneland - July 27

Del Mar - July 27-28

RESULTS & RECAP

Monmouth Park - July 7- Click here to read the recap of Saturday's Monmouth Park contest.

 STANDINGS & LINKS

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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