TOURNEY TALK

New HorseTourneys Contest Format Is a Surprise

By Justin Dew | April 1, 2021

(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…

Highway Robbery

By Justin Dew | January 24, 2021

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,…

Well, this isn’t gonna work

By Justin Dew | May 19, 2020

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,…

Meet Dylan Donnelly

By Justin Dew | April 14, 2020

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…

Major LoneSpeed Announcement

By Justin Dew | April 9, 2020

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…

Revisiting the February 7th Issue

By Justin Dew | March 31, 2020

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…

The reasons I’ll be back

By Justin Dew | March 3, 2020

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…

The NHC #Fourgate Championship

By Justin Dew | February 2, 2020

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…

An NHC “Also Eligible” Draws In

By Justin Dew | February 1, 2020

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…

One more attempt, with new points, to convince the masses

By Justin Dew | January 29, 2020

One way I like to logically work through an issue is to try to respond to opposing arguments in my mind before I am presented with them in real life. This often leads to me changing my mind on a topic before I take a stance in the meeting room at work, or in the…