03/20/2015 9:49AM

Fornatale: Next NHC Tour online event is Sunday

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There are two more contests in the Daily Racing Form universe Sunday, including the next online stop on the NHC Tour on NHCQualify.com. Buy-in is $165, and up to five seats for the National Handicapping Championship will be awarded, with three guaranteed. Qualifiers also will receive a four-night stay at the host hotel, Treasure Island in Las Vegas, along with a $500 travel voucher.

Playing on the tour provides additional opportunities to qualify. A player’s best six scores count for his points total for the full year. One of those scores must be in an onsite event, or only five scores will be used. At the end of the year, the top 150 players who haven’t already qualified will receive automatic berths to the NHC. Last year, when more than $2.3 million was awarded at the NHC, five of the top 10 finishers qualified via the tour.

Also on Sunday, there is another credit-builder contest on DRFQualify.com. Buy-in is $50, and up to $10,000 in credits will be on offer, depending on participation. Those credits can be used on NHCQualify.com, BCQualify.com, or DRFQualify.com. New qualifying contests for live events at Santa Anita in May and Gulfstream Park in September will be starting soon on DRFQualify.com.

Here are the races for Sunday’s contests:
4:10 Tampa Bay 8
4:19 Oaklawn 5
4:40 Tampa Bay 9
4:48 Aqueduct 8
5:00 Gulfstream 9
5:00 Santa Anita 4
5:18 Aqueduct 9
5:30 Gulfstream 10
5:42 Oaklawn 8
6:00 Santa Anita 6
6:10 Oaklawn 9
6:30 Gulfstream 12

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With better weather expected in New York, Aqueduct is back on the menu – good news for East Coast players. What the sequence lacks in stakes races it makes up for with full fields and competitive races. The mix includes two maiden special weight races and four turf races.

To sign up for the NHCQualify.com contest, go here. For the DRFQualify.com contest, sign up here.

NHC Tour points leaderboard
1. ROGER CETTINA, 11,850
2. JONATHON KINCHEN, 9,419
3. JOE JARVIE, 9,068
4. ROBERT EARLE, 8,535
5. ROBERT CROWE, 8,382
6. ERIC MOOMEY, 8,067
7. JOHN NICHOLS, 7,460
8. BRETT WIENER, 6,954
9. STEPHEN THOMPSON, 6,887
10. KEVIN ENGELHARD, 6,240
11. RYAN FLANDERS, 6,087
12. WILLIAM SHURMAN, 5,819
13. BILL WILBUR, 5,790
14. WAYNE KWAN, 5,684
15. LOUIS LICATA, 5,464
16. MARK STANTON, 5,401
17. CHARLES RICKS, 5,376
18. WILLIAM HOLMES, 5,343
19. MATTHEW RENTZE, 5,180
20. GT NIXON, 5,046