04/16/2015 12:25PM

Fornatale: Two contests apiece Saturday, Sunday


There is plenty of activity in the DRF contest universe this weekend, with a pair of contests each Saturday and Sunday. The National Handicapping Championship Tour returns to NHCQualify.com on Saturday with a $165 buy-in contest that will send up to five players to the NHC finals, to be held in January at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

On both Saturday and Sunday, DRFQualify.com will hold contests for players interested in playing in live-bankroll contests. Both weekend events have buy-ins of $90. On Saturday, players will try to win their way into the Santa Anita Betting Challenge, to be held May 16-17 at the Great Race Place. The buy-in for the Preakness weekend contest is normally $4,000. Qualifiers also will win a $500 travel allowance.

On Sunday, DRFQualify.com will allow players a chance to secure their buy-ins for the Raise Your Game contest at Gulfstream on Sept. 18. The contest card Sept. 18 will feature racing from Gulfstream and a selection of the best racing from around the country. Races for the Sunday qualifier will be posted on DRF.com on Friday.

If you’re looking to fund your contest play over the next few months, BCQualify.com provides an opportunity Sunday as well. It will be running a $50 buy-in credit-builder contest with a 5 percent takeout. The contest is limited to 210 entries, with the prize pool to be distributed among the top 10. Prizes will be awarded as credits that can be used on BCQualify.com, NHCQualify.com, or DRFQualify.com. To sign up, go to https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Here are the races for the Saturday contest:
4:11 Keeneland 7
4:26 Pimlico 8
4:30 Santa Anita 3
4:55 Pimlico 9
5:13 Keeneland 9 (G2 Elkhorn)
5:24 Pimlico 10
5:44 Keeneland 10
6:00 Santa Anita 6
6:08 Hawthorne 8
6:30 Santa Anita 7 (G3 Santa Barbara)
6:40 Hawthorne 9 (G3 Illinois Derby)
7:00 Santa Anita 8

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It’s a different slate than usual, with Pimlico and Hawthorne included. The mix of races is solid if a little quiet for a Saturday. There are six turf races, six stakes (three graded), and two maiden special weights included in the sequence. As always, past performances are available at the contest sites.

To sign up for NHCQualify.com, go to https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. To play on DRFQualify.com, check out https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.