07/31/2015 1:03PM

Fornatale: Contest players get free shot at NHC

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On Sunday at NHCQualify.com, contest players will have a chance to win their way into the National Handicapping Championship – which will offer at least $2.5 million in prizes – for free. Four spots to the NHC will be awarded out of the tournament. Qualifiers also receive a four-night stay at Treasure Island and up to $400 in airfare reimbursement.

The contest follows a typical online, live format. Players must make mythical $2 win-place bets on a series of races, which will be listed on NHCQualify.com once selected. The players with the highest scores win.

Field size in these events is enormous – as one would expect in a free contest with so much on the line – but if it’s your day, you can win into the most prestigious handicapping tournament of them all. In addition to the cash prizes, the overall NHC winner also receives an Eclipse Award for Handicapper of the Year.

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To be eligible for the contest, participants must pay $50 for an NHC Tour membership, but membership is good for all contests that award NHC seats. There are a few poor souls every year who finish in a qualifying spot in a tournament but can’t go to the NHC because they weren’t members. Don’t let this be you. To sign up for membership, click here.

Membership also entitles players to special discounts on Daily Racing Form unlimited classic and Formulator past-performance plans. The discount is 15 percent for first-time tour members and 10 percent for returning members. By using that discount, your tour membership can pay for itself.

To sign up for Sunday’s free contest now, click here.