01/02/2015 11:40AM

Fornatale: Weekend qualifiers for major contests

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There were several bits of important news about the Daily Racing Form family of tournament sites ahead of this weekend’s online tournament action. There’s a new website, DRFQualify.com, dedicated to the Gulfstream Park/DRF Raise Your Game Handicapping Challenge. Additionally, three new last-chance qualifiers for the 2015 National Handicapping Championship have been added on NHCQualify.com.

On Saturday, NHCQualify.com hosts the first of the last-chance events, with the others scheduled for Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. The entry fees and player-to-seat ratios are different for the three events. For Saturday, it’s a $250 buy-in, and up to eight seats will be awarded to the NHC, held Jan. 23-25 at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, where $2 million in prize money will be awarded.

On the same set of races, there’s a contest on DRFQualify.com where the buy-in is $80 and up to four spots to the $3,000 buy-in, live-bankroll Gulfstream tournament will be awarded. Entries are available for purchase at https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Here are the races for Saturday’s contests:
3:05 Gulfstream 6
3:30 Santa Anita 1
3:34 Gulfstream 7
4:03 Gulfstream 8
4:30 Santa Anita 3
4:32 Gulfstream 9
5:00 Santa Anita 4
5:01 Gulfstream 10
5:30 Gulfstream 11
5:30 Santa Anita 5
6:00 Santa Anita 6
6:30 Santa Anita 7

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On Sunday, there’s another contest to win a $3,000 entry into the Raise Your Game Handicapping Challenge at Gulfstream on DRFQualify.com. You can purchase entries at https://www.drfqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Sunday also marks the return of the two-stage qualifying format to BCQualify.com, where the top 10 percent of finishers will advance to Round 2 on Sunday, Jan. 18. The top finishers in Round 2 will win full seats, plus travel expenses, to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland. The buy-in is $110, and entries are limited to two per player. Sign up at https://www.bcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx.

Here are the races for Sunday’s tournaments:
3:05 Gulfstream 6
3:27 Tampa Bay 7
3:30 Santa Anita 1
3:56 Tampa Bay 8
4:03 Gulfstream 8
4:30 Santa Anita 3
4:32 Gulfstream 9
4:55 Tampa Bay 10
5:01 Gulfstream 10
5:30 Gulfstream 11
5:30 Santa Anita 5
6:00 Santa Anita 6