06/26/2015 10:27AM

Fornatale: NHC qualifier, credit-builder Sunday


The National Handicapping Championship Tour returns to NHCQualify.com on Sunday. Up to three seats to the NHC, the world's richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament, will be awarded. Winners also will receive travel packages consisting of a $500 voucher and a four-night stay at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, where the NHC will be held in January.

The buy-in for Sunday's qualifier is $165. At the NHC, players will compete for the $2.5 million expected in purse money. The NHC is the one handicapping tournament where entries can't be purchased directly. Players must win in via another tournament like the one Sunday. Players must be members of the NHC Tour to participate.

Also on Sunday, players looking to fund their summer contest play can participate in a credit-builder on DRFQualify.com. Entries cost just $80 each. The prize pool is guaranteed at $4,000 and can grow to $8,000 if full participation is achieved. The contest will be limited to 110 entries. Money won can be used at NHCQualify.com, BCQualify.com, or DRFQualify.com.

Both of Sunday's contests follow the familiar "live" format – contestants must make a mythical $2 win-place bet on one horse in each of 12 selected races. Here are the races for both contests:
3:55 Belmont 6
4:11 Arlington 5
4:26 Belmont 7
4:30 Santa Anita 2
4:41 Arlington 6
4:57 Belmont 8
5:11 Arlington 7
5:28 Belmont 9
5:30 Santa Anita 4
5:41 Arlington 8
6:00 Santa Anita 5
6:30 Santa Anita 6

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Players should note that Belmont likely will be off the turf Sunday. There are enough also-eligibles entered that field size should stay okay, but players should be ready with a Plan A and a Plan B for those races, depending on the weather. It's typical Sunday racing for this time of year, with seven races scheduled for turf and two maidens.

To sign up for the NHC qualifier, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To play in the credit-builder, check out https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. As ever, free PPs are available on both contest sites.