06/27/2002 11:00PM

12 will qualify at Emerald tourney

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Emerald Downs has announced a new handicapping contest that will send a record 12 qualifiers to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The Ultimate Qualifying Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, July 28, will offer $11,600 in prize money.

Approximately 50 tracks, OTB's, and casinos around the country will host regional qualifying events for the national championship, to be held in January 2003 in Las Vegas. Venues normally send four qualifiers to the national finals; Emerald is the first track ever to send its top 12 finishers to the Las Vegas finals.

The Ultimate Qualifying Tournament is free and is limited to 400 contestants. The contest's format will be 15 mythical $2 win and $2 place wagers on the live card from Emerald Downs and selected simulcast tracks. Reservations can be made at 888-931-8400 beginning July 10.