09/03/2015 11:33AM

Fornatale: BCBC Round 1 qualifier Saturday

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The two-stage qualifying format for the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge returns to BCQualify.com on Saturday. The buy-in is $165, and assuming close to full participation, 12 full $10,000 seats, plus travel allowances, will be awarded out of the Round 2 event Sept. 26. Additional Round 1 events will take place on the next two Saturdays, Sept. 12 and 19.

Time is running out to qualify for the Sept. 19 Raise Your Game contest at Gulfstream. Players can buy in at any time for $3,000, but the best way to get in is to qualify on DRFQualify.com. Saturday's DRFQualify.com contest costs $90 to play, and up to two players will win Gulfstream seats, plus a $500 travel allowance. Players who competed in the original Raise Your Game contest in February – which was rained out – will be competing for an additional National Handicapping Championship spot at Gulfstream, so it makes sense for them to make qualifying a priority.

On Sunday, DRFQualify.com will be hosting another qualifier, this one for the Oct. 17-18 Santa Anita Autumn Championship. The buy-in is $90, and up to two $4,000 seats will comprise the prize pool.

Also on Sunday, the NHC Tour returns to NHCQualify.com. The entry fee is $165, and up to three seats at the NHC will be awarded. Qualifiers for the NHC also receive a $500 travel allowance and a four-night stay at the NHC host hotel, Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

Here are the races for Saturday's qualifying contests:
4:31 Kentucky Downs 5
4:46 Gulfstream 9
5:11 Saratoga 9
5:21 Gulfstream 10
5:30 Kentucky Downs 7
5:37 Del Mar 2
5:47 Saratoga 10
6:01 Gulfstream 11
6:09 Del Mar 3
6:24 Saratoga 11
6:35 Gulfstream 12
7:00 Saratoga 12

The sequence features lots of turf racing, so here's hoping things stay dry. There are eight stakes races and several chances for nice prices. The spacing of the races is a little tight, so players are encouraged to put in default picks before the contest starts to eliminate the chance of being shut out.

As always, DRF classic past performances are available on the contest sites. To start on the path to your Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge seat, go to https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To win your way to Gulfstream or Santa Anita, check out https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. If you're interested in winning your share of $2.5 million at the NHC, sign up now at https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

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