DAILY RACING FORM / NTRA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Name: Julie Loboyko
Resides: Lexington, Ky.
Occupation: Freelance Graphic Designer
Favorite Track: Saratoga Race Course
Favorite Wager: Good ol' WP
Qualifying Site: Keeneland
How did you first get into horse racing? I was always a horse girl - collected Breyer figurines, took riding lessons, had unicorn posters on my wall - but I became more involved in racing when I moved to Lexington, KY twelve years ago. Playing the ponies became a father/daughter bonding experience. Now there's a Hallmark moment for you.
How many times (and in which years) have you previously qualified for the DRF/NTRA NHC? This is my first time (be gentle) ...
What is your best finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest tournament payout? That would be my first-place finish at Keeneland for $7,700.
What wager created the largest payout for you? I generally do not bet very heavy, but I did win over $500 on the 2011 Preakness with Shackleford (love that horse). I bet him across the board and hit the exacta.
What is your most memorable horse racing experience? It was the 2010 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. I was a blogger for Racing2Day at the time and had a press pass. I got to spend my days in the paddock. It was a real treat to be in such close proximity to the world's best horses and have the opportunity to chat with their connections. When Zenyatta lost the Classic, you could feel the dashed dreams of that moment all over Churchill. It was such an emotional, communal experience. I did win a $1 tri bet on that race, which helped soften the blow.
Do you have any hobbies, experiences or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting? Probably not terribly unique or interesting, but I enjoy books, photography, dogs (I have three corgis) and movies. My husband and I were extras in the movie Seabiscuit in the race scenes filmed at Keeneland.
Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer? As I mentioned earlier, my father is my racing buddy.
What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of? Probably going back to college in my 40s, where I earned my second B.A. in Graphic Design. I decided life was too short to dread Mondays, so a career change was in order.
What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won? Wow! I would pay off the house, feather that retirement nest egg and of course, save a little for the track!
NHC TOUR FREE ONLINE CONTEST - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
There are ten NHC 15 seats up for grabs in the last two 2013 DRF NHC Tour free online challenges. Registration for the September 7 contest is now open. Go to http://games.ntra.com to register. The date for the final free NHC Tour contest is Saturday, October 5. Each free online contest will award five 2014 NHC berths, including a four-night complimentary stay at Treasure Island Las Vegas and a flight reimbursement up to $400.
AUGUST NHC CONTESTS
TVG - Aug. 30
Twin Spires.com - Aug.31
Horsetourneys.com - Aug. 31
"The Big One" Ellis Park - Aug. 31-Sept. 1
SEPTEMBER NHC CONTESTS
TwinSpires.com - Sept. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Derby Wars - Sept. 2
Surfside Race Place - Sept. 6, 7 & 8
NHC Tour Free Online Challenge - Sept. 7
NHCQualify.com - Sept. 7 & 28
Barrett's Race Meet at Fairplex Park - Sept. 13, 14 & 15
Horsetourneys.com - Sept. 14, 21 & 29
Arlington Park - Sept. 14-15
Monmouth Park - Sept. 15
Mountaineer Park - Sept. 15
$100,000 First-Place Guaranteed Players Challenge - Sept. 20-21
Arlington OTB - Sept. 21-22
DRF Bets - Sept. 28 - Details coming soon.
RESULTS & RECAP
The Saturday, August 17 Sovereign Stable Online Challenge drew approximately 1,700 participants. NHC Tour members, Jonathan Jobe (Fenton, MO) and Allan Augustine (Lynchburg, VA) both earned a seat to NHC 15.
For results from the Sovereign Stable Online Challenge, NHCQualify.com, DRF Bets, and Canterbury Park. Click here.
STANDINGS & LINKS
Click here to enter the September 7 DRF NHC Tour Free Online Challenge.
Click here for the current 2013-2014 NHC Tour schedule.
Click here for an alphabetical list of current 2013 NHC qualifiers.
Click here for the overall 2013 DRF NHC Tour Leader Board.
Click here for the 2013 DRF NHC Tour First-Half Leader Board. The First-Half Leader Board standings will be official Monday, August 5. The top eight finishers will receive cash prizes.
Click here to join the 2013 DRF NHC Tour.