11/12/2015 12:00PM

Fornatale: New contest format Saturday


A new contest format debuts on BCQualify.com on Saturday: a low-entry-fee feeder. The buy-in is just $21, and for every 10 players who sign up, one $190 entry for the Nov. 21 BCQualify.com contest will be awarded. From that event, up to four players will win their full $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seats for 2016 at Santa Anita.

“It’s a great way for new and low-bankroll players to take a shot,” said contest director Ken Kirchner.

The contest rules are simple. Players make one mythical $2 win-place selection in each of 12 designated races. The highest scores win.

Also on Saturday, NHCQualify.com is hosting a contest where players can win into the National Handicapping Championship, the world’s most prestigious and richest handicapping contest. At least $2.5 million will be awarded at the main event, and the winner also receives an Eclipse Award for Handicapper of the Year.

The buy-in for Saturday’s NHC qualifier is $250, and the prize pool will be comprised of up to four NHC seats, with two guaranteed. Winners also will receive $500 travel vouchers and a four-night stay at the contest’s host hotel, Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

Here are the races for Saturday’s contests:
3:20 Aqueduct 7
3:30 Del Mar 1
3:40 Laurel 9
3:50 Aqueduct 8
4:10 Laurel 10
4:15 Churchill 8
4:30 Del Mar 3
4:45 Churchill 9
5:00 Del Mar 4
5:15 Churchill 10
5:30 Del Mar 5
5:45 Churchill 11

It’s a mix of all types of races, highlighted by two graded turf stakes (the Grade 3 Red Smith at Aqueduct and the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs) and a pair of listed stakes from Laurel. There are two additional turf races, both at Del Mar, and a couple of maiden events (a maiden claimer at Del Mar and a maiden special weight at Churchill). The spacing of the races looks good, but it’s always a good idea to put in default picks at the start of the contest and adjust as needed as you go along.

To start your journey to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, go to https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

To win your way into the NHC, check out https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

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