02/11/2016 1:50PM

Fornatale: Chances to qualify for CyberTour, Rookie contests


There are some important changes in this week’s contest on NHCQualify.com, where the buy-in is $162 and up to five NHC packages will be awarded. These packages include $1,000 in travel and a four-night stay at the NHC host hotel, Treasure Island. This contest will also mark the second opportunity players will have to participate in two other new year-long contests, the NHCQ CyberTour, where the player with the most Tour points gained at NHCQ throughout the year will win $10,000 and a shot at a $1 million bonus, and the NHC Rookie contest, where the first-year player accruing the most Tour points on NHCQ throughout the year will win $10,000.

Also on Saturday, DRFQualify.com is running a qualifier for the Ultimate Betting Challenge that costs just $90. Two $5,000 packages for the UBC – a live-bank contest held at Gulfstream and Santa Anita March 19-20 – will be on offer. As part of its prize pool, the UBC itself will offer cash and seats to both the NHC and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

Here are the races, with stakes races noted:

4:00    Santa Anita 2
4:15    Tampa Bay 9 (100k Suncoast)
4:28    Gulfstream 9
4:45    Tampa Bay 10 (G3 Tampa Bay)
4:58    Gulfstream 10
5:09    Oaklawn 7
5:15    Tampa Bay 11
5:28    Gulfstream 11
5:38    Oaklawn 8
5:45    Tampa Bay 12
6:00    Santa Anita 6
6:30    Santa Anita 7

It’s a quality 12-race sequence. While a little light on graded stakes action, 11 of the 12 contest events have 10 or more horses, suggesting the races should be competitive. On paper, the spacing of the races looks good, but as ever, it’s a good idea to get default picks in beforehand just to make sure you don’t get shut out.

To win your way to the NHC, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

To play in the UBC, check out: https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx