08/14/2015 11:45AM

Fornatale: NHC Tour rookie contest Sunday

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Sunday marks the return of the all-rookie contest on NHCQualify.com. Players in their first year of NHC Tour membership are eligible for the free event, and two spots to the National Handicapping Championship will be awarded.

"Playing for free to win entries to the $2.5 million NHC is a winner to start with," said Ken Kirchner, NHCQualify.com contest director, "and you're playing against other first-year members, so it's really a win-win."

It truly is a tremendous opportunity for new players, who must only have a $50 tour membership to be eligible to compete. Tour membership can be obtained at http://www.ntra.com/en/nhc/2015-become-a-member/. Tour members are eligible to compete in all NHC Tour events for the year, including other free ones, and can subsidize their membership fees with discounts on DRF past-performance plans – it's a 15 percent discount for first-time tour members and a 10 percent discount for those renewing their tour membership. The event could sell out, so don't hesitate to sign up.

The rookie format debuted last year with a $25 buy-in, and three players – Fabian Sultan, Charles Bloom, and Christian Hendrickson – won their way to Las Vegas.

Also on Sunday, DRFQualify.com offers a one-day qualifier to the Santa Anita Autumn Championship on Oct. 17-18. The entry fee is $90, and up to two $4,000 spots will be awarded, with one guaranteed. Qualifiers also will receive a $500 travel voucher.

Check each contest site to see the races that will be used – there will be two different sequences. To sign up for the Santa Anita qualifier, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To play in the rookie contest, check out https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

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