Thoughts on the Upcoming HPWS and Saturday’s $50,000 Gtd. Tourney

A record 172 qualifiers from HorseTourneys will be among the field of 600 or so at The Orleans this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the 2019 Horse Player World Series. We’ll be onsite providing end-of-day recaps on our blog page and we will also post updates on Twitter if…and it’s a big “if”…we can get names to go along with the scores on the leaderboard. (Typically these aren’t posted at the HPWS.)

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Ryan Flanders Crushes it With Four Victories and Two Other Seat Wins; Craig Hom Has Big Friday/Saturday (Weekend Recap March 22-24)

Pick & Pray weekends often result in someone having “a really good day” (as Richard Dreyfus said in “Let it Ride”) and rolling to multiple victories. We certainly had a classic example of that this weekend—but we also had players who turned in very strong efforts on consecutive days, which is also highly impressive. Craig Hom was one such player on Friday.

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First Chances for Both Wood Memorial and Saratoga Challenges Plus Last Chances for HPWS and Hawthorne Top 19-Featured-Tourneys Weekend

If you’re looking to finally gain an entry to next Thursday’s Horse Player World Series—or to add an additional entry to your portfolio—this weekend is your last chance or else you’ll have to pony up $1,500 at The Orleans. The same applies to the $700 in entry fees for the Hawthorne March contests taking place next Friday and Saturday. On the other hand, you have plenty of time to qualify for Saratoga, with your first chance being this Sunday. It’s also your first chance on Saturday to qualify for the Wood Memorial Challenge at Aqueduct, but there’s definitely not plenty of time for that since the event takes place on April 6. It all makes for a frenzied weekend of featured-tourney action, which gets started on Friday.

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Horse Player World Series Blowout and First Chance at Lone Star Among Highlights of a 20-Featured-Tourneys Weekend

There’s a lot going on this weekend. For me, it’s usually all about the “featured tourneys” offering the biggest prizes—and there are certainly plenty of those this weekend (20 to be exact). We’ll cover all of those…but there are two interesting side attractions of note as well.

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Gary Blair the Only Player to Double Up During a “Spread the Wealth” Pick & Pray Weekend (Weekend Recap March 8-10)

Gary Blair is a five-pin bowling center manager from Toronto. Similar to many people who work in a leisure-based industry, the 60-year-old has a busy work schedule filled with a lot of nights and weekends. Horse racing is his number one pastime, however, and he devotes much of his free time to carefully mapping out the plays that will be the foundation of his near-daily contest entries.

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