Horseplayer wins $1 Million in Las Vegas Championship

A 48-year-old political consultant from Baton Rouge, La., Michael Beychok became the first ever millionaire winner of a horse racing handicapping tournament by winning the 13th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC). He did so in dramatic fashion in the final race of the contest Saturday to claim the $1 million first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year.

Beychok finished with a final score of $238.60 to rally past Dave Flanzbaum, 45, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., who finished with $237.60 after leading most of the final hours of the day.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.


  1. I just want to ask what happened to the Long Island Boy who had to sell is coffee route to recieve a knock on the door and take the route back or else. Where did he finish in the nhc? If I knew is name I would have posted it.

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