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The races for Saturday’s contest on NHCQualify.com have been announced. To play, you must buy in for $165 and make a mythical $2 win-place bet in each of the 12 mandatory races. Spots in the National Handicapping Championship, held in in Las Vegas in January, are guaranteed for the top three finishers, and up to five spots may be awarded based on participation. To learn more about the NHC, check out: http://www.drf.com/blogs/tournaments-101-nhc

The races included for Saturday’s contest are:

3:59    Saratoga 9th (G2 Ballston Spa, 1 1/16 miles, turf)

4:33    Saratoga 10th (G1 King’s Bishop, 7 furlongs, dirt)

4:54    Monmouth 9th ($20K claimer, 1 1/8 miles, turf)

5:00    Del Mar 1st ($20K claimer, 5 ½ furlongs, Poly)

5:08    Saratoga 11th (G1 Ballerina, 7 furlongs, dirt)

5:26    Monmouth 10th (statebred allowance, 6 furlongs, dirt)

5:45    Saratoga 12th (G1 Travers, 1 ¼ miles, dirt)

5:59    Monmouth 11th (G3 Violet, 1 1/8 miles turf)

6:00    Del Mar 3rd ($20K claimer, 6 furlong, Poly)

6:20    Saratoga 13th (allowance, 1 1/16 miles, turf)

6:53    Saratoga 14th (statebred allowance, 1 1/16 miles, turf)

7:00    Del Mar 5th (statebred allowance, 1 1/16 miles, turf)

Free past performances are available for all players and the top 10 percent of finishers will receive NHC Tour points. You can sign up now at https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx

The same set of races will be used for the BCQualify.com Round 2 contest, where the top seven finishers will receive a full $10,000 buy-in to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. With many of the big names in the contest world participating, this will be a fun contest to follow along throughout the day. You can access the real-time leaderboard at http://www.bcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx

Players looking to qualify for the BCBC will have another opportunity in the month of September when the two-stage format returns to BCQualify.com. The Round 1 events will take place on September 6, 13, and 20.

Free contests

There are also two ongoing free contests offering players the chance to win money and prizes. One is the Public Handicapper Challenge, where players must attempt to pick the winner of four designated races, which will be announced on Friday at www.publichandicapper.com. In addition to the grand prize of two NHC seats, contestants can compete for weekly and monthly prizes.

On Twitter, all meet long Daily Racing Form has been hosting the Saratoga Twitter Challenge (STC). Players can still join in with a starting bankroll of $500 (half of the initial bank). Contest days are each Saturday, Sunday, and closing Monday at Saratoga. Players must bet between $50 and $250 on any accepted wager. Simply tweet your bets to @DRFFormulator starting with the letters STC. In addition to the big prize of $200 in site credit, there is a small prize – a DRF hat – to the person whose bet returns the largest amount each weekend. Here is the current top 10:

TonyAccetturo $5,826.00

tallodawa           5,665.00

jmanmetsfan1   4,482.00

DRFFormulator 2,390.00

truthmostly       1,798.00

tyhawk74           1,796.00

horsepressbox   1,105.00

Joeaveragefan   1,052.50

NicolettiTom     988.50

Note, the @DRFFormulator account is not eligible for prizes.