08/07/2015 12:20PM

Fornatale: Qualifiers begin for Santa Anita fall contest


Sunday marks the first-qualifier for October’s Santa Anita live-bankroll contest, the Autumn Betting Championship. Buy-in on DRFQualify.com is $90 and up to four players will their full $4,000 entry fees along with a $500 travel voucher.

The Santa Anita contest, which takes place Oct. 17-18, will following the typical format used at Santa Anita. Of the $4,000, $1,000 will fund the prize pool and the remaining $3,000 will act as a live bankroll on races at Santa Anita over the two days. Win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta wagers will be permitted. At the end of the contest, players may keep any unused portion of their bankrolls. The prize pool is expected to be $100,000 in cash and seats to the National Handicapping Championship and Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

Also on Sunday, NHCQualify.com hosts its first online contest for the second half of the NHC Tour. Up to four players will win seats to the NHC, where the expected purse for the January 2016 event is at least $2.5 million. Winners will also receive $500 in travel as well as a four-night stay at the host casino, Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Buy-in for Sunday’s qualifier is $330 and one NHC package will be awarded for every 33 entries.
It’s a 2 1/2-hour sequence featuring the three most popular summer tracks. Here are the races that comprise both of Sunday’s contests:

4:37    Saratoga 7

4:44    Monmouth 9

5:05    Del Mar 1

5:14    Saratoga    8

5:37    Del Mar 2

5:43    Monmouth 11

5:50    Saratoga 9

6:09    Del Mar 3

6:12    Monmouth 12

6:24    Saratoga 10

6:40    Del Mar 4

6:58    Saratoga 11

DRF Classic past-performances are available on the contest sites. To win your way to Santa Anita, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. If you want to play in the National Handicapping Championship, check out http://www.nhcqualify.com/.