Tourney Talk

New HorseTourneys Contest Format Is a Surprise

(This was an April Fools joke.) No one can fault the sport of horse racing or any other industry for trying new things from time to time. In life and in business, if you aren’t growing, you’re losing to the competition. Having said that, the new contest format announced this week on HorseTourneys may be…

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Highway Robbery

Dylan Donnelly just had the 2020 NHC Tour Championship stolen from him. Let me explain. Soon after the Breeders’ Cup Classic was declared official, I took the Gulfstream Park elevator down to the ground floor and headed through the mostly-deserted facility on my way to the parking lot. I had opted to play from Gulfstream,…

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Well, this isn’t gonna work

While it’s true that there are roughly eight months remaining in the race for NHC Tour Champion, the handwriting is on the wall for me, even at this early stage. It is undeniable that if I hope to make a serious, profitable run at the big money awards handed out to positions one through four,…

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Meet Dylan Donnelly

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to the online handicapping contest world has seen the name Dylan Donnelly at or near the top of seemingly every major leaderboard these last few months. He’s beaten me more than a few times, and my guess is he has beaten you too. Ranked #2 on the NHC…

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Major LoneSpeed Announcement

Did you attend the 2020 National Horseplayers Championship? Did you think it was an amazing event that required just one or two very minor tweaks? Was one of those tweaks free bottled water? Well, you are in luck. In 2021, LoneSpeed will be [checks approved legal wording] one of perhaps multiple unofficial bottled water sponsors…

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Revisiting the February 7th Issue

We’ve discussed this before here on LoneSpeed. But it’s worth another look based on recent events. While competing on Day 1 of this year’s NHC on February 7th, I noticed that a number of my contest selections at Gulfstream Park were getting beaten by horses that spent most or all of their time down on…

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The reasons I’ll be back

Everyone hates bad-beat stories because we all have our own and we’ve heard yours before. Whether you’re betting through the windows or playing in contests, every sob story is pretty much the same. “I needed the 6 for my Pick 4 and he got an awful ride.” Or, “I was gonna use the 7 in…

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The NHC #Fourgate Championship

It’s highly unlikely that anyone reading this isn’t already familiar with the Fourgate crew and how they came to be front and center in the NHC world back in March. But in case you have been living under a rock or just have a bad memory, I’ll recap. On March 2nd, Horseplayers.com hosted a free…

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An NHC “Also Eligible” Draws In

On July 7th, 2019, Melvin Simonovic finished in 4th place in an NHC qualifier on HorseTourneys.com. It was a solid effort, but unfortunately for Melvin, the contest only awarded NHC seats to the top there finishers. We’ve all been there, and it sucks. The July 7th contest was one of several impressive performances for the…

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