Raymond Riley Captures Tourneys on Consecutive Days; Seven Winners Add up to NHC seat for Evan Freedman; Chris Bertolucci Grabs Second HPWS Seat in as Many Weeks (Weekend Recap October 11-14)

It was an exciting Columbus Day weekend around here with several noteworthy performances and close finishes among the 22 featured events on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The action got off to a fast start on Friday with something of a The BIG One rematch.

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Two All-Optional Live Cash Tourneys, Five Guaranteed BCBC Entries, Six NHC Seats Plus Last Chance for Orleans Highlight Columbus Day Weekend

This coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Columbus Day) will primarily be a Pick & Pray weekend, but no matter which format you like best, there will be something for you. Not only are there seven live tourneys sprinkled in on Saturday and Sunday, our featured cash game on Saturday and Sunday will be 25-race All Optional Live events in which you make 10 plays from 25 available race choices.

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Justin Dew Crushes it in Low Ratio NHC qualifier; Brian Chenvert Cornering the BCBC Market; Scott Fiedler Wins $40,000 Tourney (Weekend Recap October 4-6)

We all know people who like to brag on social media—or in person—about how wonderfully they’re doing. Everything just seems to go their way all the time. Except that they somehow never get around to telling you about their setbacks…which just makes their uninterrupted tales of success ring extremely hollow.

Justin Dew is not one of those people.

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Special $40,000 Guaranteed Road to the Cup Tourney, Last Chances for Keeneland Plus Del Mar Play-In and Five BCBC Qualifiers Merit Top Billing Among 23 Featured Competitions

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There are Breeders’ Cup preps from coast to coast this weekend, including some many important ones in between the two coasts at Keeneland. So we’re ready to supercharge things with a 23-featured-tourney weekend led by a $40,000 Guaranteed, No Limit Road to the Cup cash game on Saturday that includes nine stakes (five of them Grade Is).

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All NHC Qualifiers to be Hosted at HorseTourneys During October

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The Breeders’ Cup — and, thus, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge — is just a month away. During this month of October, HorsePlayers will once again (as in years past) exclusively offer BCBC feeders and qualifiers. “What about the NHC?” you ask. Fear not. You can find all of your favorite National Horseplayers Championship feeders and direct qualifiers right here at HorseTourneys during the month of October.

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Despite Many Pick & Prays, 38 Featured Prizes Go to 38 Different Players Including Paul Matties Jr. Who’s Headed Back to the NHC (Weekend Recap September 27-29)

I’m not sure we’ve ever had so many top prizes so evenly distributed. Across 21 featured tourneys on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there were 38 first prizes, and no one won more than one. Typically, when prizes are so spread out, it’s a “live-format weekend”, but this was mainly a Pick & Pray weekend. So what gave?

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Free NHC Qualifier, Four BCBC Events and Two $10,000 Guaranteed Cash Games Help Close Out September During a 20-Tourney Pick & Pray Weekend.

I forgot to mention one anecdote in my “Thoughts from The BIG One” blog. Late on Sunday, Saratoga Colonel took the final race from Belmont at odds of 29-1. David Wolff excitedly raised his arms and said, “I’ve got it!” Except that he didn’t.

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Thoughts From The BIG One

Another The BIG One is in the books, and this year’s was as fun as any I’ve attended. The credit for that has to be split between the staff at Laurel Park (terrific as per usual), the staff at The Hotel at Arundel Reserve (great facility and location) and the players, themselves, who made everything as easy as possible for all of the above and for us as well.

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