01/07/2015 2:21PM

Fornatale: New contest at Santa Anita on March 14-15


Daily Racing Form and Santa Anita Park have announced partnership in a new handicapping contest, the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicapping Challenge. This will be a two-day, live-bankroll event, held live at Santa Anita on March 14 and 15.

Players can either qualify for the contest online, exclusively through DRFQualify.com, or buy in directly. The buy-in is $3,500, with $1,000 going to the prize pool – which will be 100 percent returned to the players in the form of cash and seats to major tournaments – and $2,500 as a live bankroll. Players keep all funds remaining in their bankroll at the contest’s end.
As with the recently announced Gulfstream Park Handicapping Challenge based upon 100 entries, there will be $53,500 in cash prizes, five spots to the National Handicapping Championship, two full $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entries, and three partial $2,500 entries to the BCBC awarded. Up to 200 entries will be allowed, so those prizes could double if there is full participation.

Online qualifying starts this weekend at DRFQualify.com, with a contest on Sunday. Players can buy in for only $80. A minimum of two and up to four full $3,500 Raise Your Game entries are guaranteed, along with travel expenses. Entries are limited to two per player, and you can sign up now here.

"We're excited about adding Santa Anita's $100,000 tourney to our exclusive lineup on DRFQualify," said Ken Kirchner, administrator of DRF contest sites. "It's important to us to fully support the growth and expansion of live racing events like the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, Gulfstream’s Raise Your Game contest, and this Santa Anita event."