04/17/2015 9:24AM

Fornatale: Low-takeout credit-builder Sunday


On Sunday, there is a low-takeout credit-builder contest on BCQualify.com. It’s a good value opportunity, whether you are a new player looking to dip a toe into tournament waters or an experienced player looking to fund the next few months of contest play.

Buy-in for the credit builder is just $50 – with no NHC Tour membership required – and up to $10,000 in site credit will be awarded. Takeout is just 5 percent, and credits may be used for future events at BCQualify.com, NHCQualify.com, or DRFQualify.com. Sign up for the credit builder at https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Also on Sunday, players can pay $90 for a chance to win their $3,000 buy-ins to the rescheduled Raise Your Game contest at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 19. The live-bankroll contest will feature that day’s Gulfstream card plus a selection of the best racing from throughout the country. As an added incentive for players who competed in the initial Raise Your Game contest that was washed away in February, an additional National Handicapping Championship seat will be awarded to the returning competitor with the highest score.

The total prize pool for the contest is expected to be around $100,000 in terms of cash and seats to major tournaments, and it could climb higher depending on participation. To play in Sunday’s Gulfstream qualifier, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Here are the races for Sunday’s contests:
3:09 Keeneland 5
3:30 Pimlico 6
3:40 Keeneland 6
3:58 Pimlico 7
4:00 Gulfstream 7
4:11 Keeneland 7
4:26 Aqueduct 7
4:30 Gulfstream 8
4:42 Keeneland 8
4:57 Aqueduct 8
5:13 Keeneland 9
5:28 Aqueduct 9

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It’s a lean and mean sequence that will take place in less than 2 1/2 hours. The quality of racing is typical for a Sunday, a solid slate of midlevel claimers, allowance races, and a couple of maiden special weights. Santa Anita is notably absent, perhaps lending a little more appeal to East Coast players. The spacing of the races looks good, especially given the duration of the contest, but as always, it’s a good idea to have default picks in to avoid getting shut out.

As always, classic DRF past performances are available on the contest sites. For full results from these and other DRF contests, check back on drf.com Monday.