04/21/2016 10:46AM

Fornatale: Los Alamitos offers five NHC seats in contest

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Los Alamitos has stepped up its contest game. On Saturday, Los Al will host the biggest contest in its history.

“We’re offering five seats to the 2017 NHC in this event, up from the two seats per contest that we had offered in previous events," said contest director Orlando Gutierrez. "We are hoping for a nice turnout and a tremendous contest."

The format is live bankroll. Players pay $400 per entry. That fee covers $200 that will be placed in the prize pool and $200 for a player’s live bankroll. Tournament races will include only Saturday's live races from the Los Alamitos spring Thoroughbred meet.

As in previous Los Al events, permitted wagers are restricted to win, place, show, and exacta. Each entrant must play at least five races at a minimum of $40 apiece on the card. The rules are posted at www.losalamitos.com/Admin/TB/PDFS/PressBox/NHC.pdf#.

“With five seats up for grabs, we are hoping to see many NHC players that may have not visited Los Alamitos before to come out for this event," said Gutierrez. "The contest is also a good opportunity for our great racing fans at Los Alamitos to qualify to the NHC.”