08/01/2014 11:24AM

Fornatale: Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge is chance for a big score


The Breeders’ Cup is synonymous with great racing, and for horseplayers, it’s also synonymous with great wagering opportunities: big fields, super-talented runners, and monstrous payouts.

For the last several years, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge has given horseplayers another opportunity to make a big score by potentially parlaying a qualifying fee of as little as $110 at BCQualify.com into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge is the country’s most prominent live-bankroll handicapping contest. Having a live bankroll means you can reinvest up to 100 percent of your bankroll at any time during the contest until you zero. It also means that you get to keep however much of your bankroll you happen to have left at the end of the contest.

In live-bank events, no longer are players tied to mythical win-place bets. At the BCBC, you have almost all of the vertical pools available to you: you can bet to win, place, show, exactas, and even trifectas. In this sense, live-bankroll contests allow players to play more like they do on a typical day at the track than the average handicapping contest does.

Unlike the National Handicapping Championship, you can buy in directly to the BCBC should you choose to. It costs $10,000 – $7,500 of which acts as a live bank, with the other $2,500 going into the prize pool. In addition to cash, the pool also consists of 15 seats to the NHC in January, the contest world’s other premier event. In 2013, winner Peter Behr took home $324,115 all told, with the second- and third-place finishers also collecting more than six figures when you include their bankrolls.

Players have raved over the years about the first-class accommodations at the tournament – a fun atmosphere, good food, and a ringside seat for two days of incredible racing. Perhaps the best thing about the BCBC is that it has more than 100 percent payback. This, of course, is a very rare thing in racing: More money comes back out of the pool than the players put into it. The BCBC isn’t just a great handicapping contest, it can be a great investment.

To many horseplayers, the BCBC is the single most important contest of the year because of its tie-in to racing’s richest days, great atmosphere, terrific prize money, and overall value. If you’re interested in learning more, definitely spend some time at BCQualify.com, where you’ll find many opportunities to win a ticket to the big dance.

For more, check out https://www.breederscup.com/bcbc.