Last Season’s Tour Rookie Of The Year Joe Rosen Returns For NHC

Joe Rosen, who owns pieces of horses through the Little Red Feather and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners syndicates, came into last year’s NHC as the 2018 NHC Tour Rookie of the Year.

“It was nerve-wracking when I got to the NHC,” Rosen said. “It was a lot of fun competing all last year. The first tournament I did was a cash tournament on a day when they also had a free tournament for the NHC. I’d never played a tournament before in my life, and I actually won the cash tournament and finished 20th in the NHC. I said, ‘This is fun. I should do this more often’ and I started playing more tournaments to get here.

“I didn’t even know about the total points as to Rookie of the Year until one day I went on the site and said, “Wait, there’s a Rookie of the Year standings.’ One of my best friends (Eric Adler) was leading, and we didn’t even know we were competing. That led to a major competition between us, where I think I ended up with 26,000 points and he ended up with 22,000. I think his total would have won any other year, except we just went at it. Probably went overboard but we both had a great time and we both qualified to be here last year. He’s taking off this year because he has a newborn. He’ll be back next year hopefully. We decided we’d be back here as many times as we can.”

Rosen was motivated to get into tournament play because Little Red Feather offered a $1 million bonus to its partner who finished with the most points on the NHC Tour and then went on to win the championship competition.

“So I had incentive,” he said. “I fell in love with waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning, going at the racing forms, looking on Equibase and everything else and choosing 12 races. Especially for the Pick and Prays (where all selections are made in advance), I can put it in, walk away and come back four hours later and see how I did, because you don’t change your picks. The live competitions obviously take more time and effort.

“For the person on the street, it’s just a lot of fun. You’re going against people across the country who have the same interests as you who are yelling and screaming as the horses are coming to the finish line. It’s great to be around people who have the same passion as I do. I enjoyed it as an owner, and I make myself known at the track when my horses are running by the way I yell and scream. And I guess I made myself really well-known last year, based on the videos that got put on Twitter, as to yelling and screaming when my (contest) horses are on the TV.”

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