02/27/2015 9:26AM

Fornatale: Contest doubleheader Sunday


After a rare dark Saturday in the Daily Racing Form family of online contests, Sunday features a doubleheader. There is a $165 online contest at NHCQualify.com that will award up to five seats to the National Handicapping Championship. There also is a DRFQualify.com contest Sunday.

Recently on DRFQualify.com, 43 players won full entries and travel allowances to Saturday’s Raise Your Game contest at Gulfstream Park. Over the next few weeks, the focus of DRFQualify.com will shift entirely to the Santa Anita Betting Challenge, to be held at Santa Anita on March 14-15. Sunday’s event will offer up to four full $3,500 Santa Anita contest seats, plus travel allowances, for an $80 entry fee.

Here are the races for both contests:
3:30 Santa Anita 1
3:40 Tampa 7
4:00 Gulfstream 8
4:10 Tampa 8
4:30 Santa Anita 3
4:40 Tampa 9
4:46 Oaklawn 6
5:00 Santa Anita 4
5:14 Oaklawn 7
5:30 Gulfstream 11
5:42 Oaklawn 8
6:00 Santa Anita 6

With rain forecast most everywhere this weekend, we might be looking at sloppy main tracks and soft turf, so handicappers should prepare accordingly. It’s a nice mix of races for a Sunday. There are no stakes races, but the races feature midsized fields and some variety, with three maiden races, four turf races, and four tracks on offer. The contest will span 2 1/2 hours, and the spacing between races looks pretty good, though players are still advised to put in default picks at the start of the contest to avoid getting shut out in case post times drift throughout the day.

To sign up, go to the “purchase entry” tab on NHCQualify.com or DRFQualify.com.

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