Archives for February 2023

NHC Tour Title for 2022 Goes to Jay Johns

LEXINGTON, Ky. (February 17, 2022) ― Jay Johns, of Meridian, Idaho, has officially won the 2022 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Tour. Johns, who has been playing in contests for almost two decades, earned $75,000 for winning the NHC Tour and is eligible for a $5 million bonus if he captures a win at the 2023 NHC March 10-12 at the newly rebranded Horseshoe Las Vegas.


“It’s such an honor coming out on top in this yearlong tour against arguably the absolute best handicappers out there. It’s quite a mind challenge on both picking horses and tournament strategy,“ Johns said after learning of his victory. “I finished third last year and was determined to improve on that. I’m just happy I won and a big congrats to all those folks competing with me. They made it difficult and exciting to the very last weekend.”


Johns, the President of IHOP Restaurants (formerly International House of Pancakes), finished the 2022 Tour season with 22,370 points from 34 contests. Trey Stiles finished in second place with 22,019, and Dylan Donnelly finished in third with 21,998 points. Tim Kindlon was the top rookie finisher of the year, coming in with 17,460 points. Kindlon will be honored at the NHC Champions Dinner on Sunday, March 12 with the Jim Nace Award, named in honor of the longtime contest player who passed away in 2019. The top 20 finishers of the 2022 Tour win cash prizes. The complete 2022 Tour results can be found at


Previous winners of the NHC Tour include: Kevin Costello (2021), Sally Goodall (2020), David Snyder (2019), David Gutfreund (2018), Mike Ferrozzo (2017), Cheryl McIntyre (2016), Jonathon Kinchen (2015), Eric Moomey (2014), Brent Sumja (2013), Mark Streiff (2012), Paul Shurman (2011), Tom Noone (2010), Bryan Wagner (2009) and Sam Brooks (2008).


More than 5500 NHC Tour members participated in 2022 handicapping qualifiers leading to the 2023 NHC, to be held March 10-12 at Horseshoe Las Vegas. The 2023 NHC Tour season begins March 4. To sign up for the 2023 NHC Tour, go to For more information on the NHC Tour benefits and to view the official rules go to


NTRA NHC logoThe NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC). Membership in the NHC Tour is mandatory in order for top finishers of sanctioned NHC qualifying events to be eligible to compete in the NHC Finals in Las Vegas. Membership in the NHC Tour is open to adults 21 years of age or older and requires a one-time, annual membership fee of $50. The NHC Tour membership must be in place prior to the start of any given qualifying tournament in order for one to qualify for the NHC Finals at that qualifying tournament.


Complimentary Full-card Pace Chart for Saturday at Gulfstream

Pace Makes The Race!

Here is your complimentary Pace Chart for Saturday’s card in sunny Florida from Gulfstream Park.  Best of luck.

Gulfstream Park – Feb. 18, 2023
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
7.50 Furlongs / Turf Slow 4-5 12-2-6 1-9-10-8 11-7-3 13
Race 2
8.32 Furlongs / Dirt Slow/Modest *5 6-3 2-7-1 4-8-9
Race 3
5.50 Furlongs / Dirt Very Fast 3-6-5 7 4 1-2
Race 4
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 8 3-6-2 1-7-9 4 5-10
Race 5
5.50 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 3-5 1-2 6-7 4-8
Race 6
5.00 Furlongs / Turf Unknown 4-7-5-6 10-1-8 11 2-3-9
Race 7
8.32 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 5 1 7-4-9-6-8-2 11-10-12-3
Race 8
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Slow/Modest 5-2 11-8-4 3-7-9-6 10-12 1
Race 9
8.32 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 5-6 4 2-1-7-9 3-8
Race 10
5.00 Furlongs / Turf Modest 4 8-1 3-7-6 9-2-5
Race 11
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 4 5-3 7-2-1 6
Race 12
5.00 Furlongs / Turf Unknown *9 4-8-12 2-3-10-11 1-5-6-7


How Do You Wager on Horse Racing?

Handicapping past performances PPsWagering on horse racing for newbies can be a fun and exciting way to get involved in the sport. Few sports match the thrill of cheering on your horse down the stretch!

If you are new to horse racing, here are the basic steps to follow:

Understand the types of bets: There are many types of bets you can place in horse racing, including win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, and more. Each bet has different odds and payouts, so be sure to understand the rules and risks of each bet.

Do your research for each horse race: Before placing a bet, research the horses, jockeys, trainers, and other factors that can influence the outcome of the race. Look at past performance, track conditions, and other key factors. has a plethora of great articles to help you learn the game of handicapping.

How To Wager on Horse Racing

Find a reputable horse racing track or online betting site: You can either visit a local horse racing track or use an online betting site to place your bets. Be sure to do your research and choose a reputable and licensed provider. Do not use an off-shore bookie.

Place your bet: Once you have chosen the horse you want to bet on and the type of bet you want to place, place your bet with the bookmaker or online betting site. Start with win wagers, the simpliest bet at the track.

Watch the race: Sit back and watch the race to see if your horse wins or places. If you win, collect your payout from the track or online betting site.

Remember to only bet what you can afford to lose, and to always gamble responsibly. Good luck, take your time learning the game of horse racing and have fun!

Minnesota Sports Betting Act Balances Interests Among Sports Teams, Horse Racing, Tribes

State Senator Jeremy Miller recently announced his intention to introduce the Minnesota Sports Betting Act to legalize retail and online sports betting in the state. Sen. Miller told Gaming Today that his proposed bill will attempt to “strike a balance between stakeholders” to allow Minnesotans to gamble legally.

No Tribal Exclusivity

Unlike HF 776, which passed the Minnesota House last year but failed in the Senate, the Minnesota Sports Betting Act does not provide local tribes with exclusive rights to sports gambling. While some believe that tribal exclusivity is a necessity for any successful Minnesota gambling bill, Sen. Miller feels otherwise.

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Sam Houston Wagering Returns Nationwide

Scarlet Fusion Caps Graded Stakes Double At Sam Houston For Breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbred HoldingsUPDATE: This is now on hold as of Friday, 2/3 per the SHRP.

A big announcement out of Texas. Wagering on Sam Houston Thoroughbred Meet Available to ALL United States Outlets Beginning FRIDAY, FEB. 3

The Texas Racing Commission has granted Sam Houston Race Park approval to begin simulcasting their live races to all United States outlets beginning this Friday, February 3rd.

At this time post times for this weekends races from Sam Houston will remain at 1pm Central (2pm ET). This weekends racing schedule is as follow.

*   Friday, February 3; 9-race card begins at 1pm Central
*   Saturday, February 4; 9-race card begins at 1pm Central
*   Sunday, February 5; 10-race card begins at 1pm Central

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