02/25/2016 12:06PM

Fornatale: Full fields for Saturday contests


There are two opportunities on Saturday for players to win big in the DRF contest universe. Up to five packages for the National Handicapping Championship will be available on NHCQualify.com and over on DRFQualify.com players can win their way in to the $4,500 buy-in Ultimate Betting Challenge.

The NHCQ event costs $162 and one package will be awarded per 70 entries. Winners will get berths to the NHC, a four-night hotel stay at Treasure Island, and $1,000 in travel. Players participating can also earn points for the NHC Tour and Cyberstar contests, and rookies can earn points for the Rookie of the Year contest.

On DRFQ the buy-in is $110 and up to two spots for the UBC – a live-bank event to be held at Gulfstream and Santa Anita on March 19-20 – will be on offer. Winners will also receive a $500 travel voucher. One winning package will be available per 53 entries.

Here are the races that will make up both contests:

3:56    Gulfstream 9

4:08    Oaklawn 5

4:27    Gulfstream 10

4:39    Oaklawn 6

4:58    Gulfstream 11

5:04    Santa Anita 4

5:09    Oaklawn 7

5:35    Santa Anita 5

5:38    Oaklawn 8

6:02    Gulfstream 13

6:07    Santa Anita 6

6:37    Santa Anita 7

Good weather is predicted for the three contest tracks. It’s not one of the stronger Saturdays on the calendar in terms of stakes races but we still have a Grade 1 and three listed stakes in the mix. There are five turf races and very full fields: 10 of the 12 races have 10 or more horses. Two maiden races are mixed in for good measure.

There is some chance that post times will change/migrate so make sure to put in default picks at the start of the contest. As always, DRF Classic PPs will be available on the contest sites.

To win a chance to play for a top prize of $800,000 at the NHC, check out https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

To win your way to the Ultimate Betting Challenge with its expected purse of over $200,000, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.