11/20/2014 1:40PM

Fornatale: BC Betting Challenge season starts anew


BCQualify.com will be hosting the first online qualifying event for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland on Saturday, Nov. 22. Between two and four full $10,000 BCBC seats will be awarded, depending on participation.

The 2014 BCBC was the most successful ever, with 287 players and $730,000 in prize money. That growth is expected to continue in 2015. Tickets for Saturday’s qualifying event cost $190 and are limited to two per player.

That’s not the only chance to qualify for a major tournament this Saturday. On NHCQualify.com, up to five NHC seats will be awarded, depending on participation. No matter how many sign up, at least three seats are guaranteed. Entries cost $165 and are limited to two per individual.

Qualifiers will also receive a $500 travel allowance and a four-night stay at Treasure Island. The top 10 percent of finishers will receive NHC Tour points – races at both the top and bottom of the standings are tightening. The top 150 finishers on the Tour who haven’t already qualified for the NHC will receive automatic berths.

Both contests will utilize the same set of races. They are:

(all Eastern time)

3:29     Gulfstream 7 (1 1/8 miles, turf, G3 Tropical Turf)

3:43     Aqueduct 8 (7 furlong, dirt, NY Stallion Series)

4:07     Churchill 8 (1 3/16 dirt, first-level allowance)

4:13     Delta 5 (1 mile, dirt, Treasure Chest)

4:27     Gulfstream 9 (1 1/8 miles, turf, G3 My Charmer)

4:36     Churchill 9 (1 1/8 miles, turf, G3 Cardinal)

4:43     Delta 6 (1 mile, dirt, G3 Delta Princess)

5:00     Del Mar 4 (5 furlongs, turf, OC40/N1X)

5:15     Delta 7 (1 1/16 miles, dirt, Delta Jackpot)

5:30     Del Mar 5 (6 1/2 furlongs, Poly, claiming)

5:45     Delta 8 (1 mile, G3 Delta Mile)

6:00     Del Mar 6 (1 mile, turf, starter allowance)

It’s a great sequence for this time of year, with five graded stakes, and eight stakes races overall, highlighted by the big races from Delta Downs. Multi-tabling – playing more than one contest at once – has become the norm on the NHC Tour.

Sign up for NHCQ at https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx

Sign up for BCQ at https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx