11/05/2015 1:36PM

Fornatale: Del Mar contest seats on the line


Contest action returns to the DRF family of tournaments this weekend with an action-packed slate. On Saturday, NHCQualify.com takes center stage as up to four spots to the National Handicapping Championship will be awarded out of the contest, with two spots guaranteed. Buy-in is just $165 and winners will have a chance to compete for their shares of at least $2.5 million in January. They will also receive $500 travel vouchers and a four-night stay at Treasure Island, home of the 2016 NHC.

On Sunday, BCQualify.com is running a credit-builder contest. Credit builders are an excellent way to fund your contest play, whether you’re looking to qualify for the NHC in January and to get a jump on qualifying for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. The entry fee is just $50 and no NHC Tour membership is required to play. The prize pool is guaranteed to be $3,000 and could swell up to $5,000 based on 110 entries.

On both Saturday and Sunday, DRFQualify.com gives players the opportunity to win their win in to one of the best live-bankroll contests left on the 2015 contest calendar: next weekend’s Del Mar Handicapping Challenge to be held Nov. 14-15. Entries for both days are $100, with up to two NHC entries to be awarded. Winners will also receive $500 in travel. These will be the final opportunities to qualify for Del Mar online. For more information about the Del Mar contest, visit https://www.dmtc.com/calendar/detail/novchallenge.

Here are the races that will be part of both Saturday qualifying contests:

3:35    Gulfstream Park West    7
3:50    Aqueduct    8
4:15    Churchill    8
4:20    Aqueduct 9
4:35    Gulfstream Park West 9
4:45    Churchill 9
5:00    Del Mar 4
5:05    Gulfstream Park West 10
5:15    Churchill 10
5:30    Del Mar     5
5:45    Churchill 11
6:00    Del Mar 6

The card has a little bit of a Breeders’ Cup hangover feel to it in that field size is a little smaller than usual, but the overall slate is strong. It features three juvenile stakes from Gulfstream Park West, plus the Grade 3 Long Island from Aqueduct and the Grade 2 Chilukki at Churchill Downs.

If you want to test yourself against the best handicappers in the country at the NHC, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To win a trip to Del Mar, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To play in Sunday’s credit builder, check out https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx