Christmas in July for Contest Players

Today is a special day for horse racing fans, as the boutique meets on the East and West coasts are running on the same day for the first time this year. There will be at least eight combined hours of...

Reflections From My Rookie Year on the NHC Tour

I’m a rookie. I’m a rookie on the NHC Tour. I’m a rookie when it comes to handicapping tournaments. On Sunday August 16, I finished 5th out of 271 in an NHC Tournament for rookies, $6.00 away from winning...

Kentucky Derby- “My 37 Year Love Affair” 1999

With the recent passing of rock legend Prince the year 1999 will always have special meaning to me and other fans of Prince. The Derby that year left little lasting impression but an event in the Belmont would leave...

Derby Week: What About the Morning Works?

Derby Week: What About the Morning Works? By Nicolle Neulist The Kentucky Derby is almost here. With the Derby preps over and more horses shipping to Churchill Downs by the day, attention has shifted to their final preparations. That includes morning...

Keep the Car Running

Or the plane in my case. Seven live tournaments in six months: BCBC, NHC, Players' Challenge, The Big One, Gulfstream, Monmouth, Aqueduct, countless online contests, a $50K win (on a boat no less -- boy did I go over...

My First Live Contest — Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis By Nicolle Neulist   “ANALYSIS PARALYSIS.” Wednesday evening, I scrawled those words on a Microsoft Paint file in which I had been taking notes to organize my handicapping for Friday’s NHC qualifier at Hawthorne. No, I didn’t have a hot tip...

Etiquette

Ok, let’s talk briefly about a touchy subject among horseplayers – etiquette. And, I’m not talking about whether the bread plate is on your left or your right because I still don’t know which is which. No, I’m talking about...

Finding Value in Extended Sprints

Finding Value in Extended Sprints By Nicolle Neulist With the Triple Bend Stakes (GI) and the Chicago Handicap (GIII) in the spotlight last weekend, it is an apt time to talk about extended sprint races.  For the sake of this article,...

Partnering in Contests: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful

TTE sat down for an interview recently with rising contest stars and fiancés Colleen Ryan and Josh Fredericks (derbyduet). Joining me for the interview was my live-contest partner and husband, Dennis Loo.   Let’s face it: contest playing is a very...

Kentucky Derby – “My 37 Year Old Love Affair” 1982

If you are following along the early days of the Beychok Kentucky Derby love affair timeline you know from previous blogs that 1981 was a year to remember for me. I had graduated high school and met my future...
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