AGameofSkill to Sponsor Handicapping Contest

Derby Wars contest

This Sunday May 13th, and one of the leading tournament websites, have teamed up to offer a guaranteed $5,000 game. The handicapping contest is only $77 to enter and is limited to 75 players, with a max of two entries per player. There will be 11 mandatory races, chosen from Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and a track(s) to be determined.

Longtime horse racing executive Mark Midland created the tournament site last year. On DerbyWars contest players can chat with one another during the event. Members at DerbyWars can also “connect” with their friends via the contest interface, for example, knowing when one of their friends have registered for a contest on the site. It’s the first tournament platform to integrate social networking-type features.

“Since we started DerbyWars,” explained Midland. “One of the things that surprised us was how well newer racing fans took to the game.  Part of that speaks to the fun and interaction of DerbyWars, but part of that speaks to the fact that tournaments are fun and easy.  Since you’re not betting, you only have to pick a horse, and you can see many others picked the same horse you did.  So it’s a much easier learning curve than wagering.  That’s why we think it’s a perfect introductory game to create new horseplayers.”

“We are excited to partner with DerbyWars on this $5,000 game,” explained Rich Nilsen, founder of “DerbyWars offers numerous types of tournaments, many of which are cash games with a very reasonable takeout. Unlike at most other sites, there are many opportunities here to play in games with great cash prizes.”

If you haven’t tried Derby Wars, please support and get in this Sunday’s handicapping tournament. Sign up for Derby Wars and members can deposit funds via any major form of credit card or ACH bank transfers.

Lone Star longshot named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comOff the rail and very brave on the lead, Bonnie’s Prospect made every pole a winning one in the second race at Lone Star Park Friday Night. Finishing 36 lengths back in his last race at Sam Houston three months ago, Bonnie’s Prospect fought all the way as the pacesetter win the one mile event for a $4,000 tag. The Suave Prospect gelding paid a whopping $82.00 to win despite a good work tab and even a bullet work a couple of weeks prior to race day. The 7 year old stopped the timer at 1:40.25 and triggered an exacta of more than $1,000 for only a $2 wager! Bonnie’s Prospect was ridden by F.T. Rodriguez and now has a career bankroll of $89,000. Owned and trained by Gilbert Ciavaglia, Bonnie’s Prospect has started 52 times, has 11 wins and a total of 22 in the money finishes.

— Art Parker

Dutrow Runner named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comDigger Karakorum, claimed in his last race by trainer Richard Dutrow, captured Aqueduct’s final race Saturday afternoon (3/3/12) to notch his seventh career victory. Ridden by Mike Luzzi the New York bred increased his career earnings to more than $150,000 after securing the winner’s share in the $7,500 event. The six year old broke alertly and stalked early leaders while staying on the rail then blasted to the lead with about 100 yards remaining, drawing off in full command. Digger Karakorum covered the six furlongs in 111.35 and paid supporters $8.20 to win. Sired by Goldminers Gold the chestnut gelding is owned by DTH Stables and has an impressive 19 in the money (top 3) finishes from 32 lifetime starts.

— Art Parker

Fastus Cactus named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comSix-year-old Fastus Cactus took the honor of Claimer of the Week with an impressive victory in the sixth race at Aqueduct Saturday afternoon. The winner paid $3.40 in the $7,500 claiming event. Fastus Cactus left the gate and owned the lead at the blink of an eye. The Cactus Ridge gelding took the field coast to coast with very limited urging from rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. He completed the six furlongs in 111.64 and won by nearly three lengths. Trained by Bruce Levine and owned by Saul and Max Kupferberg, Fastus Cactus now has career earnings that exceed $240,000 from 29 starts. He has won 9 races and finished in the money 19 times. The speedy chestnut was claimed out of the race by Glenridge Stable and trainer Joseph L. Signore, Jr. It is the fourth time Fastus Cactus has been claimed in 7 months.

-Art Parker

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Sea of Dreams named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comSea of Dreams splashed joyfully to victory at Sam Houston Race Park Friday night in a $25,000 event taken off the turf. The six year old daughter of Smart Strike went to the front and maintained the lead under tight restraint until the top of the stretch in the five furlongs contest. Rider Glen Murphy asked her to pick it up on the sloppy track when she turned for home and the Karl Broberg trainee had no trouble finishing off her foes. Owned by Danny Caldwell, Sea of Dreams broke the $100,000 career earnings barrier with the win and recorded her sixth visit to the Winner’s Circle in 29 starts. Sea of Dreams has been in the money 15 times in her career. The mare paid $4.00 to win as the even money favorite.

— Art Parker

Clever Performance named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comClever Performance, a gelding claimed three times in the last six months, sailed to victory with an excellent performance Saturday afternoon (1/21/12) at Tampa Bay Downs. Starting from the far outside, Clever Performance was heavily restrained by rider Ademar Santos for the first half-mile of the Mile and 40 yard contest. The roan gelding pulled his way to the lead at the quarter pole and when asked for his best at the top of the stretch Clever Performance cruised to the wire, holding off a heavily bet favorite and another late runner in the process. The four year old is owned by Juan Arriagada and trained by Anthony Pecoraro.  Clever Performance stopped the timer at 1:42.01 and paid a whopping $31.00 to win. The son of sire Da Stoops has six wins from 21 races and 14 in-the-money finishes with career earnings nearing $40,000. Clever Performance was purchased at OBS (Ocala, Florida) in 2010.

— Art Parker




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