05/22/2015 12:19PM

Fornatale: Last Round 1 qualifier on BCQualify.com


The two online Sunday contests in the Daily Racing Form universe have a lean, mean feel, with the whole 12-race sequence taking just over two hours. Both contests use the typical format in which picks can be put in until post time for each race and players must choose one horse on which to make a mythical $2 win-place bet. Entries are limited to two per player, and naturally, the highest scores win.

The first contest takes place on BCQualify.com and has a $165 buy-in. This is the third and final Round 1 qualifier on BCQualify.com this month, and the top 10 percent of finishers Sunday will join the 42 entries that already have advanced to Round 2. Round 2 takes place May 31, and from that contest, approximately the top 10 percent of finishers (up to 12) will receive their full $10,000 seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, plus a $500 travel allowance.

Contest players both new and old will want to use this last chance to play in the two-round format until August. For new players, the advantage is that these contests allow one to play at the lower end of the odds spectrum more easily. When you just have to get in the top 10 percent – as opposed to the top 2 percent – there are a variety of ways to get there other than stacking short- to mid-priced winners, hitting a couple of bombs, or some combination of the two. A few mid-priced winners often can get you to your goal. For experienced players, the advantage of these contests is that they reward consistency over simply having it be “your day.”

Also on Sunday, DRFQualify.com offers contestants a chance to win their $3,000 seats to the Sept. 19 Gulfstream Park live-bankroll contest as well as $500 travel vouchers. Buy-in is $100, and up to three Gulfstream seats will be awarded, with a maximum of 123 players, which means there will be one seat for every 41 entries.

The last two Santa Anita live-bankroll contests have been won by players who won in for less than $100 and walked away with more than $50,000 in prizes. Perhaps the next success story will be yours.

Here are the races for Sunday’s contests. All times Eastern.

3:47 Churchill 7th

3:55 Belmont 6th

4:10 Monmouth 8th

4:30 Gulfstream 8th

4:48 Churchill 9th

5:00 Gulfstream 9th

5:00 Santa Anita 4th

5:12 Monmouth 10th

5:18 Churchill 10th

5:28 Belmont 9th

5:43 Monmouth 11th

6:00 Santa Anita 6th

Five tracks, six turf races, three maidens – it’s a typical Sunday mix of midlevel races, most of which have full fields. Some racing days are days you’d play anyway, and the contest is a fun way of doing so. Sunday is a day when playing in the contest might be the reason you play at all.

As always, past performances are available on the contest sites. To win your way into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, go to https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To take your shot at qualifying for Gulfstream, check out https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.