02/19/2016 1:17PM

Fornatale: Odds good for UBC seats


There are two contests in the Daily Racing Form world on Sunday. One offers good odds to win your way into the Ultimate Betting Challenge (UBC), the other a perfect way for newer players to dip a toe into contest play.

The headline event is happening on DRFQualify.com, where up to two UBC seats will be on offer. Buy-in is $250 and the contest is limited to 46 players, meaning one winning package will be included for every 23 entries, a favorable ratio for players. Winning packages include $4,500 UBC seats, plus $500 in travel. The UBC is a live-bankroll event held at Gulfstream and Santa Anita on March 19-20.

Over on BCQualify.com, we’re running another $21 feeder to the Feb. 28 one-day qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. The top 10 percent of entries will advance to the Feb. 28 event, where up to four full seats to the $10,000 BCBC will be awarded. There will be a limit of 300  allowed in Sunday’s feeder.

Contest players should note that the new @DRFTournaments Twitter feed is up and running, providing contest news and notes and even offering opportunities to win into DRF contests for free. Follow @DRFTournaments for all the latest information about the world of handicapping contests.

Here are the races that make up both the Sunday contests:

3:50    Aqueduct 7
3:58    Gulfstream 8
4:20    Aqueduct 8
4:28    Gulfstream 9
4:46    Oaklawn 6
4:58    Gulfstream 10
5:23    Fair Grounds 7
5:28    Gulfstream 11
5:30    Santa Anita 5
5:42    Oaklawn 8
6:00    Santa Anita 6
6:21    Fair Grounds 9

The races are really spread this time, around over five tracks, giving players from all around the country an equal shot. It’s typical Sunday fare with mostly mid-level claimers and allowance races with five turf events in the mix. The field sizes aren’t ideal, with six of the races having fewer than 10 horses, but the trade-off is that the spacing is excellent.

To win your way to the Ultimate Betting Challenge, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

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