04/10/2015 9:57AM

Fornatale: Gulfstream, Breeders' Cup qualifiers Sunday

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Spring is barely here, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your fall contest plans. One new item on the calendar for 2015 is the rescheduled Gulfstream Park Raise Your Game contest, set for Sept. 19. A washout caused the cancellation of the original event back in February. The September contest will feature a live-bankroll format with racing from Gulfstream and a selection of the best racing from around the country that Saturday.

Players can buy into the Raise Your Game for $3,000, $2,000 of which acts as a live bankroll, meaning you can keep whatever remains from it at the end of the contest. But you also can win your way in via DRFQualify.com on Sunday for only $90. Winners receive a travel allowance as well. Steven Wells turned his DRFQualify.com buy-in into a prize package worth more than $60,000 at the March Santa Anita contest, and every weekend day, DRFQaulify.com offers players the chance to match his feat.

Also on Sunday, the one-day qualifying format returns to BCQualify.com. Buy-in costs $190, and up to four full $10,000 spots for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge will be awarded, plus a travel allowance. The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, the world’s premier live-bankroll contest, is a one-of-a-kind experience that attracts the best players in the world.

Here are the races for Sunday’s contests:
4:00 Gulfstream 7
4:11 Keeneland 7
4:18 Tampa Bay 8
4:30 Gulfstream 8
4:42 Keeneland 8
4:51 Tampa Bay 9
5:00 Gulfstream 9
5:13 Keeneland 9
5:23 Tampa Bay 10
5:30 Santa Anita 5

With one of Sunday’s events being a Gulfstream qualifier, it’s logical that three of the races are from Gulfstream, supplemented by action from Keeneland, Santa Anita, and Tampa Bay Downs. There are two stakes in the sequence, the listed Sunset, a five-furlong turf race for fillies and mares that goes as Gulfstream’s eighth, and the Grade 2 Beaumont, Keeneland’s eighth, which features a field of seven 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs on the main track. On the whole, it’s a good mix of lower- to midlevel races that should produce a few prices along the way.

As always , past performances are available at the contest sites. To sign up for DRFQualify.com, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To play on BCQualify.com, sign up at https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

NHC Tour standings
Rank Name Points
1 JONATHON KINCHEN 14,542
2 ROGER CETTINA 11,850
3 ROBERT EARLE 10,689
4 RYAN FLANDERS 10,267
5 ERIC MOOMEY 9,684
6 JOE JARVIE 9,068
7 ROBERT CROWE 8,813
8 JOHN NICHOLS 8,758
9 GARETT SKIBA 8,643
10 GT NIXON 8,523
11 STEPHEN THOMPSON 8,281
12 JAMES HENRY 8,118
13 BRETT WIENER 7,898
14 BOB ENGELHARD 7,652
15 JOHN GIOLITO 7,267
16 WILLIAM HOLMES 7,160
17 MATTHEW RENTZE 7,132
18 ANTHONY KITE 7,099
19 CRAIG HOM 7,004
20 GEORGE HENNING 6,717

NYRA contest results from last Saturday

Rank Name Score Prize
1 Sarah Crouse $1,752.80  $8,600
2 Stephen Franklin $1,550.50  $3,440
3 Daniel Edwards $1,040  $2,580
4 Ken King $903.70  $1,720
5 Joseph Fahey $362.40  $860

Second and third finishers win seats to the National Handicapping Championship because Crouse was not an NHC Tour member at the time of the contest.
 

Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
The live bankroll event sounds fun. I may have to take the plunge and enjoy the party.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, the live-bankroll tourneys are a lot of fun.