Belmont Grass Helps Retired Groundskeeper Tony Martin Mow Down the Competition in The BIG One

Tony Martin connected on a 64-1 longshot in Belmont’s final race on Saturday, and hit a 29-1 winner in the Sunday Belmont finale to power past his 54 opponents and win the 2019 renewal of The BIG One, held at Laurel Park on Saturday and Sunday. For the victory, the 51-year-old retired groundskeeper from Lexington, Ky., earned $27,000, a seat to the 2020 National Horseplayers Championship and a $10,000 entry to November’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

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Sean Nolan Captures NHC Seat Plus $5,000 in Spending Money; Brian Chenvert Pieces Together Two BCBC Entries; Shad Walton Wins Big Bucks by Little Cents (Weekend Recap September 13-15)

There was no shortage of winning long shots on Saturday and Sunday, which meant many paths to victory and a pretty even distribution of grand prizes even though it was a predominantly Pick & Pray weekend. Prices were harder to come by on Friday, however, which depressed scoring but did not depress the spirits of those who came upon the right horses.

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Last Chance Qualifiers to The BIG One, First Chance Qualifier to the New Flo-Cal Face-off Among the Main Events During 21-Tourney Pick & Pray Weekend.

There’ll be a lot of picking and a lot of praying going on this weekend at HorseTourneys and HorsePlayers. All but four of our featured events are Pick & Prays, and the cash and prizes available are worth saying some prayers for as well.

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HorseTourneys Announces the $100,000 Gtd. Flo-Cal Faceoff on Feb. 29-March 1, 2020

Introducing the Flo-Cal Faceoff.

The newest big-money, online cash game at HorseTourneys will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 and March 1, 2020. The Flo-Cal Faceoff is a two-day, all-mandatory tourney with a guaranteed purse of $100,000 and no limit as to how high the purse can grow beyond that guaranteed minimum. The buy-in is $1,500, and low-cost feeders will be hosted at HorseTourneys regularly between now and next February.

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Ed Wright Takes Another Woodbine Mile Qualifier; Len Hudson Captures $3,500 Santa Anita Package by a Dime; Frank Fosbre Wins Two on “Miss Marissa” Day (Weekend Recap September 6-8)

Once again, the top prizes were well distributed during the featured-tourney weekend—which might have been a bit less surprising this time around since most of the games utilized the live format. Only Frank Fosbre rang the bell twice. Though Jon Madden and Steve Arrison rang their lone bells loudly on Friday.

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First Chance for Del Mar, Last Chance for Woodbine, Two Chances for The BIG One and Four Chances for BCBC Top Weekend Lineup

Chances to win seats to top contests abound at HorseTourneys and HorsePlayers this weekend. When Dan Fogelberg sang about the “chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance”, he was referring to the Kentucky Derby in “Run for the Roses”. We wouldn’t exactly call this weekend’s tourneys the chance of a lifetime, but if you’re looking for handicapping fun, chances are your chances are awfully good (Johnny Mathis) right here.

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Ken Zelin, Ed Wright and Sean Nolan Enjoy Multiple Victories During Labor Day Weekend with Winners Galore (Weekend Recap August 30-September 2)

Circumstances were ripe on Labor Day weekend from someone to go on a tear. Twenty-four featured tourneys were on the schedule and 18 of them were Pick & Prays. So one set of smart picks could theoretically do a lot of damage—especially since there were 41 first prizes to be had across those 24 featured events. And yet those 41 prizes wound up being shared as though they were handed out by Barney the dinosaur.

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Five-Seat NHC Super Qualifier, First Woodbine Mile Play-In and Return of Kentucky Downs Just Some of the Highlights Among 25 Featured Events Over Labor Day Weekend

We say goodbye to Saratoga and Del Mar after Monday—which is too bad. We say hello on Saturday to Kentucky Downs, though, and that’s good. The upshot of all of that is that we have a holiday weekend with great racing from several venues, so let’s enjoy it while we can. The featured-tourney fun—and there’s plenty of it—begins on Friday.

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