02/12/2016 11:53AM

Fornatale: Free trips to big live-bank events on offer


Sunday is Valentine's Day, but that doesn’t mean you can squeeze in a little horseplaying action along with whatever else you’ve got going on. There are two contests in the Daily Racing Form universe where you win a trip to either the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge or the Ultimate Betting Challenge. Or you can play in both contests and try to hit the double.

BCQualify.com, the only place you can win your $10,000 entry to the BCBC, takes center stage on Sunday. Entries cost $190 and up to four BCBC spots will be awarded. With 86 players already having won their way in through BCQ feeder events for just $21, a big field is expected. Winners will also receive a $500 travel allowance.

On DRFQualify.com, entries cost $90 and up to two $4,500 seats for the UBC will be on offer, along with $500 travel bonuses. The UBC is a new live bankroll event held at Gulfstream and Santa Anita on March 19-20. For that contest, $1,500 of the buy-in will fuel the prize pool and the remaining $3,000 will act as a live bankroll.

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

3:52    Oaklawn 4
4:00    Santa Anita 2
4:19    Oaklawn 5
4:28    Gulfstream 9
4:45    Tampa Bay 9
5:00    Santa Anita 4
5:15    Tampa Bay 10
5:28    Gulfstream 11
5:30    Santa Anita 5
5:42    Oaklawn 8
5:58    Gulfstream 12
6:00    Santa Anita 6

It’s fairly standard winter Sunday fare, but that’s the great thing about contest play: it can take an average day of racing and turn it into one of the most exciting days of the year. The good news is that the field sizes look good and the races are competitive overall. As always, free DRF Classic PPs are available on the contest sites.

To win your way into the BCBC, go to https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

To play for a six-figure purse at Gulfstream or Santa Anita, check out: https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.