12/24/2015 12:56PM

Fornatale: Santa Anita is focus of weekend contests


Dec. 26 is known by many names. In England, it’s Boxing Day. Across the Irish Sea, it’s St. Stephen’s Day. Here in the United States, it’s Santa Anita opening day.

Because it falls on a Saturday this year, Santa Anita is the focus of the contests we’re running on all three of our contest sites. It’s a fantastic opportunity for multitabling – playing in more than one contest at once. If you’re doing the work anyway, why not try to maximize your return on investment?

On NHCQualify.com, the buy-in is $250, and up to six seats to the National Handicapping Championship will be on offer. The NHC, which takes place Jan. 28-30 at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, is the world’s richest handicapping contest. Qualifiers will also receive a four-night stay at Treasure Island and a $500 travel allowance.

BCQualify.com will be hosting a play-in feeder to the Jan. 3 qualifier to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. The buy-in for the feeder is just $21, and one $190 entry to the Jan. 3 qualifier will be awarded for every 10 players. BCQualify.com will be running the same format on Sunday as well.

Also this weekend, DRFQualify.com will offer two chances to qualify for the Gulfstream-Santa Anita Coast-to-Coast Betting Challenge on March 19-20. The buy-in is $110 for each of the events Saturday and Sunday. Up to two $4,500 seats will be won on each day, plus $500 in travel.

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Here are the races for Saturday’s contests (all times Eastern):
3:50 Aqueduct 8
4:05 Gulfstream 9
4:20 Aqueduct 9
4:35 Gulfstream 10
4:38 Santa Anita 4
4:54 Fair Grounds 6
5:05 Gulfstream 11
5:14 Santa Anita 5
5:23 Fair Grounds 7
5:47 Santa Anita 6
5:52 Fair Grounds 8
6:20 Santa Anita 7

And here is what Sunday’s slate looks like:
3:50 Aqueduct 8
4:00 Santa Anita 2
4:05 Gulfstream 8
4:20 Aqueduct 9
4:30 Santa Anita 3
4:35 Gulfstream 9
4:54 Fair Grounds 6
5:00 Santa Anita 4
5:05 Gulfstream 10
5:23 Fair Grounds 7
5:30 Santa Anita 5
6:00 Santa Anita 6

As always, free DRF classic past performances are available on the contest sites. To win your way to the NHC, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To start your journey to the BCBC, check out https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. And to book your trip to Gulfstream or Santa Anita, navigate over to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.