10/30/2014 11:36AM

Fornatale: Complete coverage of BC Betting Challenge on DRF.com

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Players looking for news and information on the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge need look no further than DRF.com. Coverage will start on Live.drf.com Thurdsay afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern with a 30-minute BCBC “pre-game” show at 2:30. Later on Thursday, the pre-game show, featuring me and Matt Bernier and hosted by Dan Illman, will be available at drf.com/videos#tournaments.

A wrap-up of each day's play will also be posted on DRF.com.

The BCBC field is now expected to reach 275 players, up around 100 participants from last year. The sharpest tournament players in America will be competing for over $700,000 in prize money – with no takeout – plus 15 seats to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

I’ll be providing a steady stream of updates throughout the tournament, also via Live.drf.com and also via my twitter account,  www.twitter.com/loomsboldly. I’ll be chatting with various players, including two-time champion Patrick McGoey and defending champ Peter Behr, about the Breeders’ Cup races and their thoughts on strategy.

Over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup, DRF.com will stream 14 additional hours of coverage of the Cup overall, including live updates from the BCBC. Here is the schedule:

On Friday, coverage will span from noon to 1 Eastern time, and from 5 p.m. through the last race including a daily wrap-up.

On Saturday, coverage begins at 1:30 Eastern and continues through the last race, including a wrap-up of the full weekend.

The coverage, hosted by Dan Illman, will feature a record number of DRF’s top handicappers and reporters including Mike Watchmaker, Jay Privman, Jay Hovdey, Brad Free, Mike Welsch, Marcus Hersh, Steve Andersen, and Marty McGee.

Daily Racing Form’s own Matt Bernier will be competing in the BC Betting Challenge and will also provide on-air tournament updates to NBC Sports Network and the DRF Live feed. Bernier’s $10,000 entry fee has been paid by Daily Racing Form and 100 percent of his profits will be donated to the Breeders’ Cup designated charity, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

“NBC Sports Network will showcase tournament players for the first time ever with DRF’s Matt Bernier providing coverage during the two days of Breeders’ Cup,” said Peter Rotondo, VP, Media & Entertainment, Breeders’ Cup.  “We are excited that NBC recognizes Tournament play as an important and growing part of our sport and we wish to thank Daily Racing Form for its significant year-round support.”