01/23/2015 11:52AM

DRF Live! provides real-time coverage of National Handicapping Championship


For up-to-the-minute coverage of the National Handicapping Championship from the Treasure Island in Las Vegas, go to live.drf.com. In addition to covering every aspect of the NHC, our DRF team will be analyzing races from coast to coast.

The coverage, anchored by Dan Illman and Matt Bernier, will include visits from Mike Watchmaker, DRF’s national handicapper, and myself. The stream will go live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday and at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Coverage will continue through the final table Sunday night, where one player will win at least $800,000.

The NHC format requires bettors to make seven optional wagers and eight mandatory bets on each of the first two days of play. The optional wagers can be made at any of the seven contest tracks. The mandatory races also will be used for Saturday’s Play Along With the NHC contest.

Here is a quick overview of the mandatory races for the first two contest days.

Friday (all times Eastern)

2:08 p.m. Tampa Race 4: A field of 10 older horses in a restricted $8,000 claimer going 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

2:28 Gulfstream Race 5: A fascinating maiden special weight on the turf – the field of 11 3-year-olds will cover 1 1/8 miles.

3:52 Oaklawn Race 4: Eleven older horses in for a $6,250 tag sprint 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt.

4:14 Aqueduct Race 7: A field of 11 fillies and mares goes six furlongs on dirt in a statebred optional claimer.

5:24 Fair Grounds Race 7: Nine older horses line up in this $12,500 maiden claiming race going a mile on the dirt.

6:00 Santa Anita Race 5: Nine fillies and mares travel 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill on the turf. Claiming prices range from $40,000 down to $35,000.

6:54 Golden Gate Race 7: A competitive field of nine fillies and mares runs six furlongs on the synthetic in this second-level allowance.

7:00 Santa Anita Race 7: Day 1’s final mandatory race is a $25,000 claimer for nine fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on turf.


12:59 Gulfstream Park Race 2: Eleven older horses are signed on to contest this $6,250 claimer going seven furlongs on dirt.

1:53 Tampa Bay Race 4: A field of 12 older male restricted $8,000 claimers contests this six-furlong dirt sprint.

3:38 Oaklawn Race 4: This $25,000 to $20,000 claimer for 11 older males will be run at 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

5:00 Santa Anita Race 5: The Cal Cup Oaks is a mile turf race featuring eight 3-year old fillies.

5:38 Oaklawn Race 8: The second of four stakes races among the mandatory races is the American Beauty, where 13 fillies and mares sprint six furlongs on dirt.

6:00 Santa Anita Race 7: This is the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint. Fourteen runners will make their way 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill in a race that figures to have serious NHC ramifications.

7:00 Santa Anita Race 9: The California Cup Turf Classic features 12 older horses going nine furlongs.

7:45 Golden Gate Race 9: A first-level allowance for nine older horses contested at 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic track.

For complete written coverage of what has happened so far during NHC week, make sure to check out this week’s issue of the DRF Tournaments’ newsletter, available online here.