02/18/2016 12:10PM

Fornatale: Quality races for three contests


Three contests, 12 races, six stakes races: That’s what we have cooking in the Daily Racing Form universe of contests this Saturday.

Saturday’s headline event happens on NHCQualify.com, where up to five players will win packages for the National Handicapping Championship. Packages include a four-night stay at Treasure Island and $1,000 in travel. Buy-in for Saturday’s qualifier is $162. NHC CyberStar points will be awarded for this event, along with NHC Rookie of the Year points. Both of those yearlong contests have a $10,000 prize and the CyberStar contest also has a $1 million bonus attached should that winner go on to to win the NHC itself.

Over on DRFQualify.com, entry fee is $250 and up to two $4,500 packages for the Ultimate Betting Challenge will be awarded along with a $500 travel allowance. It’s a favorable ratio for players, with one package being awarded for every 23 entries. The Ultimate Betting Challenge is a live-bankroll contest held at both Gulfstream and Santa Anita on March 19-20.

BCQualify.com will be hosting a $21 feeder for the Saturday, Feb. 28 one-day Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge qualifier. The top 10 percent of entries advance to the Feb. 28 event where up to four players will win their full $10,000 BCBC entries. The contest will be limited to 300 entries. Check in with the @DRFTournaments twitter feed for the chance to win your $21 entry for free.

Here are the races for all three of Saturday’s contests:

4:08    Oaklawn 5
4:28    Gulfstream 9
4:54    Fair Grounds 8
4:58    Gulfstream 10
5:09    Oaklawn 7
5:23    Fair Grounds 9 (G2 Rachel Alexandra)
5:38    Oaklawn 8
5:52    Fair Grounds 10 (G3 Fair Grounds Handicap)
6:00    Santa Anita 6
6:21    Fair Grounds 11 (G2 Risen Star)
6:30    Santa Anita 7
7:00    Santa Anita 8 (G2 Buena Vista)

Four of the six stakes are graded and there are five turf races. Pedigree-oriented players will be pleased to see a grass maiden special weight in the mix. Field sizes look robust and the weather is supposed to be great at each location, so we should be fast and firm.

To win your way in to the NHC, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

To play at Gulfstream or Santa Anita in March, check out https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

To start your journey to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge for just $21, visit https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx