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The Notebook October 24, 2013

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Name: Diane Carco

Elkhorn, Wis. - moving to Henderson, Nev.

Business consultant

Qualifying site: 

Favorite track: 
To visit - Saratoga

Favorite wager: 
Exacta box

How did you first get into horse racing? My older brother used to take me to the track when I was a little girl. He also taught me how to handicap.

How many times have you previously qualified for the DRF/NTRA NHC?  This is my first time.

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout? My best finish was in the NTRA free qualifier that got me here, first out of 1300+. I have been in the top five in satellite tournaments a couple of times with small payouts, but I am hopeful that NHC 15 will be my largest.

What wager created the largest payout for you? I wheeled Giacomo in the exacta for a dollar in the 2005 Kentucky Derby.  The Giacomo-Closing Argument exacta paid $9,800 for $2 and was the biggest payoff in North America racing history. I've made more than that $4,900 in other races, but that's the one I remember the most.

What is your most memorable horse racing experience? One of my early, fond memories was my first longshot. I was 13 years old and picked a horse at Sportsmans Park called Locked Up at 22-to-1. I was with my brother who made the bet for me. It was so exciting when he won and seemed like all the money in the world!

Do you have any hobbies, experiences or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting? I am one of the many, lucky shareholders of the Green Bay Packers. They are my passion. I am also a published author of a book on technology negotiations and an avid golfer.

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer? My older brother is the biggest horseracing enthusiast I know. I started following the horses to spend time with him and grew to love the sport. He qualified for the second NHC and did pretty well ... I hope I do better!

What accomplishment in life are you most proud of? I designed and built my dream home in rural Wisconsin, which included a wing for my aging mother. She felt like a princess in the last few years of her life. I couldn't ask for anything more. 

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won? Host a private concert with Rob Thomas and buy the round of golf with Aaron Rodgers at the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund auction.


October NHC Contests

Horsetourneys.com - Oct. 26 & 27

TwinSpires.com - Oct. 26 & 27

TVG/4NJBets - Oct. 26

November On-Track NHC Contests

Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge - Nov. 1-2 Contact Tim Schram, tschram@breederscup.com

Aqueduct - Nov. 16-17

Hawthorne - Nov. 29-31


"Arkansas Handicapper Captures  Keeneland BCBC/NHC Challenge"  Click here to read more.

Click here to view Hawthorne's October contest results.


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 to join the 2013 DRF NHC Tour.

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