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The Notebook March 06, 2014

NHC News




Name: Amy Brantley

Hot Springs, Ark.

Chief Compliance Officer

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How did you first get into horse racing? My dad owned and bred Thoroughbreds from the 1960s into the 1970s. He loved going to the races and I inherited his spirit of the sport.

How many times have you previously qualified for the DRF/NTRA NHC? Four times (2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014).

What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout? If you count online qualifying tournaments, I finished first to qualify for the first BCBC tournament. Last year at the NHC, I finished 18th, which was very exciting. There have been other tournaments online and live that I have finished in the top five. The largest payout would have been the BCBC because of the $10,000 entry and related travel costs plus cashing at the tournament.

What is your most memorable horse racing experience? I am an avid supporter of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. It was over 10 years ago, myself and two of my best friends were at the races. It was the last race of the day and the three of us had played a superfecta together. As the horses came down the stretch we began to realize that we would hit the superfecta, and at that time it was a dollar wager. We started screaming as you can imagine and cashed over $2,000. It was a great day.

Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer? Yes, my father and my sister enjoy the sport.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of? My education and career because my parents sacrificed for all my brothers and sister to ensure we received a good education.

What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won?  The first thing would be to share it with my friends, who are also horseplayers, while we are in Las Vegas and then pay bills and invest.


Treasure Island Wager to Win VII, VIII & IX - May 1, 2 & 3 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday one-day contests)
Treasure Island will be hosting three NHC contests awarding four NHC 16 berths each day Kentucky Derby weekend.  The entry fee for each contest is $250.  You may have a maximum of two entries and the contest will be capped at 200 players each day.  Treasure Island will provide airfare reimbursement (maximum $400) and hotel accommodations to the top 4 finishers on each day for NHC 16.  All entry fees will be returned in cash prizes.  Tour points will be awarded each day. 

MARCH - March 15 & 23 - March 9, 16 & 29

Lone Star Park Qualifying Round - March 8 - March 8

Emerald Downs Qualifying Round- March 15

Monmouth Park SSC Qualifier #3 
- March 15

DRF Bets- March 30


Sovereign Stable's early success with its first claiming partnership has initiated the release of Claiming Partnership II.  Sovereign Stable is looking to raise $200,000 and the minimum investment per individual is $4000.  The partnership will be closed on April 15, 2014 or after the $200,000 has been raised.  Click here for more details.  


Click here for the current 2014-2015 NHC Tour schedule.

Click here to join the 2014 NHC Tour.

Click here for an alphabetical list of current 2014 NHC qualifiers.

Click here for the overall 2014 DRF NHC Tour Leader Board. 

Click here for the NHC Tour point calculator.  NHC Tour points are calculated by number of participants not entries.  Points are awarded to all individuals who participate in an online (50 points) and on-track (150 points) contest.  The maximum number of participation points you may receive in one Tour season is 1500 points.  For questions regarding NHC point totals contact Michele, at or 859-422-2657.

"Horseplayers" has moved to Wednesday nights at 9:00 P.M. ET on the Esquire Network.

Click here to read Peter Fornatale's latest blog, "Doping Out Your Tax Return".

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