01/15/2015 12:30PM

Fornatale: Three online contests set for Saturday


On Saturday, NHCQualify.com will be running the final online last-chance contest for the National Handicapping Championship. The NHC is the nation’s most prestigious handicapping contest, with more than $2 million in prizes on the line Jan. 23-25 at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

Early registration for Saturday’s contest is strong, but entries are still available for $400 each. Up to eight NHC seats, plus travel allowances, will be awarded. Sign up now at https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

There are two additional contests Saturday. BCQualify.com offers its final Round 1 qualifier for January. The top 10 percent of finishers will advance to a Round 2 contest on Sunday. The top finishers in Round 2 will win their full $10,000 entries to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland, the world’s premier live-bankroll handicapping/betting contest.

Entries in Saturday’s contest cost $110 and are limited to two per customer. You can purchase entries at https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Also on Saturday, DRFQualify.com will host an $80 buy-in contest in which players can win their way into the $100,000 Raise Your Game Handicapping Challenge, presented by Gulfstream Park and Daily Racing Form, to be held Feb. 28 at Gulfstream. To enter, go to https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Here are the races for Saturday’s contests:
3:34 Gulfstream 7
3:56 Oaklawn 5
4:03 Gulfstream 8
4:26 Oaklawn 6
4:32 Gulfstream 9
4:54 Oaklawn 7
5:00 Santa Anita 4
5:24 Fair Grounds 9
5:30 Santa Anita 5
5:54 Fair Grounds 10
6:24 Fair Grounds 11
6:30 Santa Anita 7

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Note that at the moment, there is a discrepancy between the printed post times in the free DRF contest PPs and the ones printed above. As always, it’s a good idea to double-check post times and make sure you have default picks in for every race so you don’t get shut out.

It’s a great mix of races from the four most important winter tracks, meaning it will be a very fair contest for players in all parts of the country. The sequence consists of a solid mix of stakes, allowance, and claiming races, highlighted by the Grade 3 Lecomte from Fair Grounds, two Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park, and listed stakes from Oaklawn and Santa Anita. One interesting note: It was on this weekend last year that Bob Traynor qualified for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Traynor went on to win more than $300,000 at the BCBC.


NHCQualify, $400 buy-in, standard online format (12 races, $2 mythical win-place), up to eight NHC seats
BCQualify, $110 buy-in, standard online format, up to 35 spots in Sunday’s Round 2 BCBC qualifier
DRFQualify, $80 buy-in, standard online format, up to four $3,000 spots in the $100,000 Raise Your Game Handicapping Challenge (Feb. 28)

BCQualify, buy-in not applicable, standard online format, qualified players compete for up to eight BCBC seats
DRFQualify, $80 buy-in, standard online format, up to four $3,500 spots in the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicapping Challenge (March 14-15)
Gulfstream Park, $400 buy-in (half entry fee, half bankroll), $10 win-place wagers, two NHC seats for 2015 or 2016 (if already double-qualified)

Next Thursday
Treasure Island Last Chance, $500, 13 mythical $2 wagers, seven mandatory, six optional, prizes include cash and at least five NHC seats