11/13/2014 1:13PM

Fornatale: Weekend action led by NHCQualify.com


There is contest action from coast to coast this weekend, but the main event in the Daily Racing Form contest universe is happening online Saturday at NHCQualify.com. As many as 325 players will compete for up to five seats in the National Handicapping Championship, which takes place Jan. 23-25 at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Here are the races that will be part of the contest:

2:57 Laurel 6th
3:14 Aqueduct 7th
3:37 Churchill 7th
3:55 Laurel 8th
4:20 Hawthorne 4th
4:36 Churchill 9th
5:00 Del Mar 4th
5:20 Hawthorne 6th
5:30 Del Mar 5th
6:00 Del Mar 6th
6:20 Hawthorne 8th
6:30 Del Mar 7th

Given the time of year, it’s a surprisingly good sequence featuring a plethora of stakes (three graded), eight turf races, and great spacing. Last week’s event sold out, so don’t delay in signing up for this week. Entries can be purchased here.

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Meanwhile, there also are major contests in New York and California. Aqueduct is hosting its annual two-day Aqueduct Handicapping Challenge.

Entries cost $400, and the event is a mythical-money contest in which players must make nine $20 win, place, or show bets each day and one $40 win, place, or show bet. At least five of the bets must be at Aqueduct. The prize pool will be fully paid back, and there are three NHC seats on the line.

DRF handicapper Matt Bernier – fresh off his sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge – will be playing in the contest and sending tweets from the event. You can follow him on twitter at @bernier_matt.

Out in California, at Del Mar’s new Bing Crosby meeting, players will be competing in a two-day live-bankroll event, the Del Mar November Handicapping Challenge. It’s a $4,000 buy-in, with $1,000 going to a prize pool that will be fully distributed back to players. Five NHC seats will be awarded. Limited seating may still be available. Contact Chris Bahr at chris@dmtc.com if you’re interested.