06/18/2015 11:14AM

Fornatale: Two shots at NHC and BCBC


It's a busy weekend in the DRF family of tournaments. On the heels of a pair of sell-outs last weekend, players will once again have a chance to compete for seats to both the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge in the same contests both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, on BCQualify.com, buy-in is $190 and players will compete for two BCBC seats. The winner will also receive a NHC seat. All seats come with $500 in travel and the NHC package also includes a four-night hotel stay at Treasure Island. Players must be NHC Tour members to compete for the NHC seat but no NHC tour points will be awarded out of this event.

On Sunday, the NHC tour returns to NHCQualify.com. In the contest, the ratio of seats is reversed. Two NHC seats -- incliuding travel packages -- are guaranteed. The winner will also receive a BCBC seat and a travel stipend. Naturally, players must be tour members to compete for the seats. Buy-in for Sunday is $165.

Final qualifier for Gold Cup Challenge

There are contests both days on DRFQualify.com as well. Both contests have a buy-in of $100. On Saturday, DRFQ is hosting the final online qualifier for the Gold Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita. Buy-in for the Santa Anita contest is $5,000, with $1,000 going to the prize pool and $4,000 acting as a live bankroll.

Sunday's DRFQ contest is a qualifier for Sept. 19 Gulfstream Park contest. Buy-in for the Gulfstream contest is $3,000, with $1,000 going to the prize pool and $2,000 for a live bankroll. At the end of both contests, players can keep any unused portion of their bankrolls.

For both live-bankroll contests, a prize pool worth over $100,000 in cash and seats is expected. The previous two Santa Anita contests were won by Steven Wells and Gary Johnson, both of whom won their entries on DRFQ and walked away with over $50,000 worth of prizes.

Here are the races that will be part of both Saturday contests:

3:55    Belmont 6

4:10    Monmouth 8

4:26    Belmont 7

4:41    Monmouth 9

4:57    Belmont 8 (G3 Bed o' Roses)

5:00    Santa Anita 4

5:12    Monmouth 10

5:43    Monmouth 11

5:59    Belmont 10

6:00    Santa Anita 6

6:30    Santa Anita 7

7:00    Santa Anita 8 (G2 Summertime Oaks)

There's an even split between turf and dirt, highlighted by four stakes races with two of them graded. As always, free DRF past performances are available on all contest sites. Check back on DRF.com later in the week for a closer look at one of the Saturday contest races from last week's BCQualify winner Joseph Johnson.