Close is Just Fine for Kevin Jones on Saturday; Michael Caposio Puts up a 170; Steve Arrison and Stephen Thompson Enjoy Sunday Double Ups (Weekend Recap November 16-18)

For the third consecutive weekend, we had someone pick seven winners in a single tourney. (Evan Trommer did it each of the previous two weeks.) Actually, this past weekend we had two different players do it…including one who did so on Friday when we only offer 10 races.

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“Winter Rules” Now In Effect


This blog is sent out annually as a reminder of some tweaks we here at HorseTourneys employ to try and mitigate the effects of winter weather on scheduling.  For beginners and veteran tourney players alike, it’s always a good idea for a quick refresher:

As we roll into the winter months of January-February, we wanted to explain our approach to scheduling.  We’ve employed this approach every year, and it just bears a quick reminder every November or so as chilly temperatures descend across the land.

As is stated in our Support FAQ section, the race schedule for multi-track tournaments–by which we mean our Featured schedules on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays–are traditionally posted 48-hours in advance of the date of the tournament.  So for instance, the race schedule for the Featured Saturday tournaments is typically posted on Thursday afternoon.

Snow, ice and high winds will no doubt descend on some of the racetracks we like to use, be it Aqueduct in New York, Turfway in Kentucky or even some of our friends as far south as Louisiana.  We hate cancellations as much as you do and always do our best to avoid them.

Therefore, essentially through March, we’ll post race schedules a day later – or approximately 24 hours prior to the contest.  So a race schedule for a Featured Saturday will now be posted on Friday afternoon.

We realize that players like to have access to races as far in advance as possible, but for us, these extra 24-hours are often critical.  During these months, weather can change dramatically in a 24-hour span.  Having the extra time to survey what we think might happen makes it more likely that we’ll avoid making scheduling mistakes that could result in cancellations.  This approach has proven prudent, as it’s helped save more than an handful of schedules that would otherwise have been scrapped.

Generally speaking, we will also avoid using cold-weather tracks in Quick Early Bird schedules whenever an alternative with more predictable weather is available, especially on the weekends.  It is essential that Quick Early Bird schedules run on Saturdays and Sundays, since those schedules include so many feeders to the days’ Featured events.  So for instance, you’ll be far more likely to see Tampa included in a QEB schedule than Aqueduct–even though we know Aqueduct is a more popular circuit.

Lastly, since many people ask us about replacing races with “alternate” races in the event of cancellations, we feel it’s helpful to explain how we approach scenarios where races are indeed cancelled:

  • If races that are included in a multi-track schedule are cancelled the evening prior to the date, we will make changes to the Featured schedule and announce to all players
  • If races that are included in a multi-track schedule are cancelled the same day of the Featured schedule, it is our policy to never make changes to those schedules.  This is mostly because there are simply too many players that make selections the day prior and will not have the ability to make changes, or may not even be aware of the changes.  This is an untenable situation and one that is unfair to those players
  • If races that are included in a QUICK EARLY BIRD schedule are cancelled on the same day, we will refund entries in that QEB schedule and post a new schedule that includes other races, assuming there is sufficient time to do so.  We will never replace races in a QEB schedule the same day.  What this means is that players will need to re-buy into the new schedule to play the revised Quick Early Bird schedule.

Here at HorseTourneys, Eric Wing and I take scheduling very, very seriously.  You spend a ton of time preparing, and we feel the above approach is the best to ensuring your play experiences as few inconveniences as possible.

We hope this provides some insight – email us at with any questions.  Stay warm!

Jon Van Niel Scores a Vegas Double; Ted Fabiniak Hits Eight Out of Twelve in Exacta Tourney; Muggsy Kreiser Loses One World Series Live but Gets Berth to Another Online (Weekend Recap November 9-11)

There were plenty of prices out there Friday and Saturday. On Sunday—not so much. That set the table for a variety of winners—and winning styles—across 17 featured events during the weekend. It all got started on Friday.

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Pick & Pray Weekend to Offer 19 Featured Tourneys Including Seven Guaranteed NHC Seats, Last Chance for Aqueduct and First Chance for Pegasus Betting Championship

We don’t believe in Breeders’ Cup hangovers here at HorseTourneys and HorsePlayers. Energized by an exciting Breeders’ Cup, we offer a strong menu of 19 featured events, including several lucrative cash games to go along with direct qualifiers to a slew of top-notch onsite tournaments. The weekend action kicks off on Friday.

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John O’Neil Headed Back to NHC Trying to Become First Two-Time Winner; Brett Wiener Takes a Pair; Kevin Willett “Loses” but Wins (Sunday Recap November 4)

Since we weren’t permitted to run tourneys on any of the Churchill Downs races, we decided to backload all of our weekend featured events into Sunday. That, along with Santa Anita’s mandatory Pick Six payout, made for a fun and action-packed afternoon.

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The Featured-Tourney Spotlight is Focused Squarely on Sunday This Weekend at HorseTourneys

We tried—but unfortunately we are not permitted to offer tourneys on any of the Churchill Downs races this weekend, so that knocks the Breeders’ Cup races out of the mix for our weekend featured schedule.

We’re disappointed, but we take some solace knowing that you will have plenty of parimutuel action to keep yourself busy on Friday and Saturday—and plenty of contest action too if you’re fortunate enough to be participating in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

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Gary Blair Wins BCBC Seat Saturday, Then Gets Really Serious on Sunday; John Nichols and Steve Arrison Double Up; Bob Montgomery and Joe Pettit Turn Saturday Into Champions Day (Weekend Recap October 26-28)

There are a lot of racing observers who sort of morph into workout analysts or students of horseflesh during major weeks like this one. A great many of them do not really “know what they’re looking at.” John Nichols is not one of those people.

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Last Weekend of BCBC Qualifying Offers Five Guaranteed Seats to November 2-3 Tournament Among Whopping 22 Featured Events

If you’re still hoping to win your way in to the November 2-3 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, you’ll have ample opportunity—at a variety of price points—this weekend at HorsePlayers. There will be five separate BCBC qualifiers, each guaranteeing at least one $10,000 entry—and those are just five of 22 featured tourneys during Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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