05/07/2015 1:45PM

Fornatale: Last chance to qualify for rich Santa Anita contest


The National Handicapping Championship Tour returns to NHCQualify.com on Saturday with a 12-race, all-mandatory contest covering three tracks: Belmont, Churchill, and Santa Anita. Buy-in for the qualifier is $165 per entry (with a limit of two entries per player), and up to four seats to the NHC will be awarded, including a $500 travel allowance.

Last January, more than $2.3 million was awarded at the NHC, held in Las Vegas at Treasure Island, and NHCQualify.com, the official qualifying site of the NHC, sent more players to the main event than any other site. While there is some exciting stakes action this weekend, the relative calm might make it a good time to check out what the contest world has to offer. And there’s no better destination in the contest world than the NHC.

Also on Saturday, DRFQualify.com will be running its final qualifier for the May 16-17 Santa Anita Handicapping Challenge, a live-bankroll betting contest. Players who compete are eligible to win their whole $4,000 buy-ins for Santa Anita. A $500 travel allowance is also included. Buy-in for the qualifier is just $90.

A prize pool worth more than $100,000 is expected for the Santa Anita contest. For the most recent Santa Anita contest, Steven Wells won his way in for less than $100 on DRFQualify.com and parlayed that entry into prizes worth around $60,000.

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Here are the races for both Saturday contests (all times Eastern):

3:16 Churchill 6

3:24 Belmont 5

3:47 Churchill 7

3:55 Belmont 6

4:18 Churchill 8

4:30 Santa Anita 3

4:57 Belmont 8

5:00 Santa Anita 4

5:20 Churchill 10

5:50 Churchill 11

6:00 Santa Anita 6

6:30 Santa Anita 7

As always, free Daily Racing Form past performances are available on both sites. To sign up for the NHC qualifier, go to www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. If you’d like to try to qualify for Santa Anita, visit www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.