04/28/2016 1:11PM

Fornatale: Let's play two!


There are a brace of doubleheaders in the DRF contest universe this weekend. One allows players to win into the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest, the National Handicapping Championship. The other is a perfect opportunity for new and low-bankroll players to start a journey that could end with a six-figure score at the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

Both Saturday and Sunday there will be $175 buy-in events on NHCQualify.com, where up to four seats to the big dance will be on the line. Winners will also receive $1,000 in travel expenses and a four-night stay at Treasure Island.

BCQualify.com will be hosting $12 feeders both Saturday and Sunday. The top 10 percent of finishers will win their way into the May 7 (Derby Day) Round One contest. The 10 percent there will advance to Round Two at the end of May, when up to eight players will win their full $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seats.

Also on Saturday, there is a qualifier for the Santa Anita Preakness Challenge. Entries cost $195 and up to two $5,000 packages will be awarded. Sign up now at DRFQualify.com.

Here are the races that will be part of the Saturday contests:

3:36     Belmont 5

3:54     Gulfstream 6

4:09     Belmont 6

4:26     Gulfstream 7

4:41     Belmont 7

4:58     Gulfstream 8

5:00     Los Alamitos 1

5:13     Belmont 8

5:28     Los Alamitos 2

5:30     Gulfstream 9

5:45     Belmont 9

5:58     Los Alamitos 3