Stephen Thompson Buries the Competition on Saturday and Sunday; Tyler Hoffman Earns NHC Seat, BCBC Entry on Same Day (Weekend Recap April 20-22)

Stephen Thompson is known in contest circles as “The Undertaker.” That’s primarily because he is the owner/operator of Thompson Funeral Home, Inc., in Lebanon, Penn. The moniker took on a double meaning this weekend at HorseTourneys, however, when he left a great many of his opponents for dead.

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The BIG One Qualifier, Up-to-$30,000 Pick & Pray, New Survivor Jackpot Game and Multiple Opportunities to Qualify for NHC, BCBC Top Weekend Featured Slate

With a couple of exceptions, this weekend will focus on Pick & Pray tourneys, and while you’ll recognize most of your old favorites on the Friday-Saturday-Sunday menu, there are also a couple of new offerings to tempt your handicapping palate.

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Keeneland Grade One Gamble Taken By John Kimove

(Courtesy of Keeneland)

John Kimove of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada, made a big move in the 9th and final race on Keeneland’s Sunday card, cashing $1,058 Win and $400 Win/Place wagers on Ironclad, and a $420 Exacta 4/8 and $5 trifecta 4/8/9 for total winnings of $17,963 on one race. His total of $19,963 nipped second place finisher Ross Szlasa of Mooresville, NC, who also hit big on the last race to post a total of $17,710.

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Two Shots Each at NHC and BCBC plus up-to-$30,000 Tourney and Saratoga, Monmouth and Santa Anita Qualifiers Highlight Weekend Featured Action

We know a lot of you will be in front of your computers this weekend. Though we also know that a lot of loyal HorseTourneys customers will be happily out at Keeneland for Sunday’s Grade I Gamble. To be precise, 48 players will be representing us in Lexington at the “Gamble,” having qualified for the event right here. They include the winners of the 2018 NHC, Chris Littlemore, and the 2018 Horseplayer World Series, Bob Montgomery. We wish all 48 the best of luck. For the rest of you—and for them as well—we have put together a very nice schedule that should ensure an exciting weekend wherever you may be spending it.

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Up-to-$75,000 Event Tops Another Big Money Saturday on Wood/Blue Grass/Santa Anita Derby Day; Qualifiers for The BIG One, Belmont Also on Tap

We normally like to spread out our big-money tourneys a bit, but with back-to-back weekend days like last Saturday at Gulfstream and this coming Saturday with the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby, we’re wheeling right back on short rest like a Rick Dutrow trainee (back when those existed) and offering an up-to-$75,000 all-stakes tourney with $50,000 Guaranteed.

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Anthony Laurino: Son, Father, and Now Avid—and Successful—Tournament Player

Anthony Laurino, winner of last Saturday’s $101,000 tourney, is no stranger to horse racing or handicapping. His family would make an annual trip each summer from their Hyde Park, N.Y. home to Saratoga, where Anthony quickly picked up on the joys of trying to solve the many handicapping puzzles each day. Before that, his father was such a regular at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. OTB, that he would comfortably leave young Anthony in his umbrella stroller outside the front door with other regulars while he ran in to get his bets down.

For the longest time, though, Laurino really was a stranger to tournament play.

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