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  • Just The Judge edges Odeliz in the E.P. Taylor! Posted 1 day ago
  • Beholder is out of the Breeders' Cup after spiking a fever. Posted 1 day ago
  • Hillstar rolls to victory in the Canadian International!Posted 1 day ago
  • Taris smokes the Grade 2 Raven Run field! Posted 2 days ago
  • Discreet Marq much the best in the Ticonderoga! Posted 2 days ago
  • Effinex gets up over So Lonesome to win the Empire Classic! Posted 2 days ago
  • Noble Mission wins a thriller over Al Kazeem in the Champion Stakes! Posted 3 days ago
  • Charm Spirit defeats an unlucky Night of Thunder in the QE II! Posted 3 days ago
  • Madame Chiang pulls the upset in the British Champions Fillies and Mares!Posted 3 days ago
  • Gordon Lord Byron dashes away to victory in the Champions Sprint!Posted 3 days ago
HRN Original Blog:
Tournament Tracker
Posted Wednesday, October 05, 2011
My final Tournament Tracker blog post
Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2011
A recap of day 2 of the Saratoga handicapping contest held on August 10 and 11.
Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I am playing live at the two day Saratoga handicapping contest. $1000 entry fee.
Posted Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Schedule of major online and live horse racing tournaments through August 21
Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011
I pick apart the letter sent out to tournament players about potential changes to the National Handicapping Championship. I also offer an alternative plan.
Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011
An email sent out to various contest players about a potential change in the 2012 National Handicapping Championship.
Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A look at the major live and online handicapping tournaments through July 31.
Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I list my favorite live handicapping tournaments on the circuit.
Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011
My list of things contest supervisors need to adhere to put on a proper tournament.
Posted Wednesday, June 08, 2011
A look at how to get qualified for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.
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My name is Bill Downes.  I am a guy who was lucky enough to parlay his love of horse racing into a career.  My day job is announcing the races at Ellis Park in Kentucky and Beulah Park in Ohio.  My first race call was at Rillito Downs in Arizona, and I have also announced at least one race at Churchill Downs, Los Alamitos, Thistledown, Arapahoe Park, River Downs, Presque Isle Downs, Hoosier Park, Ferndale on the Cal Fair circuit, and Turf Paradise.

 

I grew up going to the races as my Dad used to take me to Arlington Park when I was a kid.  He taught me a ton about pedigree handicapping and about not betting every race!  I think I have been to most every major track (except Belmont Park) in the USA and a few in England (the picture of me is from Goodwood Racecourse).  My favorite race of all time is the 1981 Arlington Million when John Henry beat The Bart by a nose.  So its no surprise that John Henry is my all time favorite horse.

Handicapping tournaments are a passion of mine.  I have qualified for the National Handicapping Championships five times.  Brutal beats are a part of the tournament circuit and this blog will chronicle the bad beats as well as the occasional victory.  I promise not to harp on the bad beats!  Whether you have brutal beats or victories, we want to hear from you.  And I want this blog to be a starting point for every tournament player out there.

[Social networking disclaimer: As an employee of Penn National Gaming and Ellis Park, please note the views expressed by me are not necessarily those of my employers.]