10/03/2014 10:43AM

Fornatale: Five spots up for grabs on NHCQualify.com

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Sunday, Oct. 5, marks the return to qualifying action on NHCQualify.com. Players can buy-in for $165 and assuming full participation of 325 players, five spots to the National Handicapping Challenge in Las Vegas will be awarded.

A fun subplot to follow for the tournament is the NHC Tour leaderboard. With the top six finishers all bunched pretty closely, a big finish from Brett Wiener, Bill Shurman, Eric Moomey, Jacqueline Sukanick, Bill Wilbur, or Ken Seeman could really shake things up. So keep an eye on them.

The tournament follows the typical $2 win-place format, with twelve mandatory races. Here are the races that will be part of the contest:

3:59    Keeneland 6 (1 mile, turf, allowance)

4:01    Santa Anita 1 (1 1/16 miles, dirt, claiming)

4:29    Belmont 8 (6.5 furlongs, dirt, allowance)

4:31    Santa Anita 2 (1 1/16 miles, dirt, maiden claiming)

5:02    Belmont 9 (6 furlongs, turf, statebred optional claimer)

5:08    Keeneland 8 (1 1/16 miles, turf, G3 Bourbon)

5:35    Belmont 10 (6 furlongs, dirt, G2 Matron)

6:00    Santa Anita 5 (6 furlongs, dirt, claiming)

6:07    Belmont 11 (1 mile, turf, claiming)

6:18    Keeneland 10 (1 1/8 miles, turf, allowance)

6:30    Santa Anita 6 (1 mile, turf, listed stakeS)

7:00    Santa Anita 7 (6 furlongs, dirt, optional claimer)

To sign up to play, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx

derby1592 More than 1 year ago
Pete, there is another just as interesting race to keep an eye on with regards to the NHC tour - the race to break into the top 150. Anyone in the top 150 on the tour leaderboard at year-end earns a first spot into the NHC if they have not already qualified in a prior contest. That means that hundreds of people are just one or two good finishes away from cracking the top 150 and earning an NHC spot. For example, just a top 20 finish in this week's NHCQualify contest would probably earn more than 1000 points. The current 150th ranked player has 5158 points and there are about 100 people who could vault past that person with a top-20 finish in the NHCQualify contest and many of those people are not yet qualified for the NHC. This "race within a race" is wide open and affects a lot more people than the race for the tour title and should be fun and exciting for those involved all the way to the final contest at year end. This is just one of the many advantages of being an NHC Tour member. Cheers Chris