03/11/2015 4:12PM

Fornatale: Gulfstream contest rescheduled for Sept. 19


The Gulfstream Park Raise Your Game Handicapping Challenge has been rescheduled for Sept. 19. The original contest, held Feb. 28, was washed away along with most of the Gulfstream Park card that day. All players had their entry fees refunded and will have to buy in or win in separately for the rescheduled event.

In addition to the regular prizes that will be on offer Sept. 19, returning players will be competing for an additional National Handicapping Championship seat. The seat will be awarded to the highest-finishing returning player who does not receive an NHC berth in the Sept. 19 contest.

"As disappointed as we were with what happened with the weather in February, we're thrilled to be able to announce our new date," said contest director Nancy Berry. "We're hoping a lot of players will choose to come see us again in September."

The particulars of the format are still to be determined, but this will not be a single-track tournament, as the Feb. 28 contest was. There is interesting stakes action around the country expected for Sept. 19, and it's likely that races from Belmont, Parx, and/or Woodbine could be added to the contest menu. We'll learn more about the specifics as we get closer to the event, but players can count on having quality races to play.

The full prize structure will depend on the number of entries, but it seems likely that there will be $50,000 in cash, at least five NHC seats, two full Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge seats, and two partial BCBC seats up for grabs. Players can buy in for $3,000 once again or can attempt to win their way in through DRFQualify.com.

Qualifying for the rescheduled tournament will start in April. Of the original 106 entries, 43 qualified via DRFQualify.com.