10/03/2014 10:43AM

Fornatale: Five spots up for grabs on NHCQualify.com


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