02/05/2015 12:45PM

Santa Anita Betting Challenge qualifier Sunday


On Sunday, DRFQualify.com will be hosting an $80 qualifier for the $3,500 buy-in Santa Anita Betting Challenge, which will be held live on track March 14-15. Winners also will receive a $500 travel allowance. With no other contests in the Daily Racing Form family of contests Sunday, participation is expected to be high, and as many as four seats to the Santa Anita contest could be on offer. Up to 232 entries will be allowed.

Players who don’t win their way into the Santa Anita contest still will have the opportunity to buy in. Over the past few years, Santa Anita has emerged as the market leader when it comes to live-bankroll contests. Now that the track has partnered with DRF, that status should be further cemented.

“I’m very excited to partner with DRF for the Santa Anita March handicapping challenge,” said contest director Nate Newby. “We are paying out 100 percent of entry fees, so I expect a field of at least 100 entries with a prize pool over $100,000. The increased exposure to our tournament via DRF is a huge benefit, as it makes the prize pool even bigger and allows us to reach a new audience and introduce horseplayers to the fantastic value offered in our live-money tournaments.”

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Players in the contest community have taken notice of the excellent treatment they receive at the Great Race Place.

“I think the biggest benefit to Santa Anita is to introduce our new facility upgrades and renovations to horseplayers from all over the country,” Newby said. “With the Eddie Logan Suite, The Gallop Out, Turf Terrace Restaurant, and our 12 new Finish Line suites, Santa Anita can now offer an on-track experience that is as good or better than any other race track in the world.”

To sign up for Sunday’s qualifier, click here, and keep an eye on DRFQualify.com for more opportunities to qualify for the Santa Anita contest, as well as the Gulfstream Park Raise Your Game Handicapping Challenge on Feb. 28.

Here are the races for Sunday's contest:
3:52 Oaklawn 4
3:58 Gulfstream 9
4:00 Santa Anita 2
4:28 Gulfstream 10
4:46 Oaklawn 6
4:58 Gulfstream 11
5:00 Santa Anita 4
5:14 Oaklawn 7
5:28 Gulfstream 12
5:30 Santa Anita 5
5:42 Oaklawn 8
6:00 Santa Anita 6

Free past performances are available at DRFQualify.com.

Mike Eves More than 1 year ago
I find it somewhat disingenuous that Santa Anita advertises this tournament as a $100,000, yet only gives back $40,000 in cash prizes, the other $60,000 ! is returned to players in the form of full and partial entry fees to the NHC and BC Challenge. Further, they go on to claim that ALL money is returned back to customers, which is not technically correct, as some of this prize money is simply money that will be fed back into the prize pools for the NHC and the BC Challenge, so the winner of an entry fee prize may never hold or see a nickle of this actual money. Santa Anita needs to be a little more forthright about the actual cash it pays back to customers. What they are doing is like winning a $100 at the track, yet the track only gives you $40 cash and the $60 in food and beverage vouchers - not good. If the customer is putting up cash to get into the tournament they should get nothing less than cash back, not entry fees.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry you feel that way. I don't find it disingenuous. They are very upfront that the prize money includes cash and seats. Fair point about how the tote takeout effects the overall contest value but for someone who is betting that amount anyway or wins in for $80, I think the contest is a great value. Plenty of other options if this format is not for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment.