07/30/2015 1:57PM

Fornatale: Mountaineer featured in stakes-heavy contests

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Go tell it on the Mountain: The Daily Racing Form family of tournaments makes its annual sojourn to West Virginia on Saturday for a series of stakes races at Mountaineer. Also included in the contest, of course, will be races at Saratoga and Del Mar. All in all, stakes races will make up half of the 12-race sequence, with one-third of them graded.

The first event Saturday at DRFQualify.com is a qualifier for the Sept. 19 Raise Your Game contest at Gulfstream Park, a $100,000 live-bankroll tournament that has a $3,000 buy-in. Players can win their entry fees and $500 in travel for a buy-in of $80 on Saturday. One or two seats will be awarded, depending on participation, and the contest is limited to 102 entries, two per customer.

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Also on Saturday, BCQualify.com is hosting a credit builder with a $50 buy-in. The prize pool is guaranteed to be $3,000 and could swell up to $5,000. Credit builders are a great way to fund your contest play for the rest of the summer. Credits are good for use at DRFQualify.com, NHCQualify.com, and BCQualify.com. This is your chance to turn $50 into a life-changing score at one of the contest world’s biggest events.

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

4:28 Saratoga 7 (turf allowance)

4:30 Mountaineer 7 (listed stakes)

5:03 Saratoga 8 (G1 Vanderbilt)

5:05 Del Mar 1

5:10 Mountaineer 8 (G2 West Virginia Derby)

5:35 Mountaineer 9 (listed turf stakes)

5:37 Del Mar 2

5:39 Saratoga 9 (G2 Bowling Green)

6:09 Del Mar 3 (turf claimer)

6:13 Saratoga 10 (G2 Jim Dandy)

6:40 Del Mar 4

6:46 Saratoga 11 (statebred turf sprint)

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The spacing for the contest is less than ideal. Clearly, whoever picks the post times for Saratoga and Del Mar is not a contest player, as they’ve been running on top of each other recently. The safest course of action is to put in all your picks beforehand and then adjust on the fly as needed. That way, you know you won’t be shut out.

Free DRF classic past performances will be available on the contest sites. To qualify for Gulfstream, go to www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To play in the credit builder, go to www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.