08/01/2016 11:10AM

$3 million bonus for BCBC/NHC winner

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The two most important and valuable handicapping contests of the year just got a more important and valuable. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup announced this weekend that a $3 million bonus – the largest bonus ever offered in the handicapping contest world -- will be awarded to any horseplayer who wins the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) Nov. 4-5 and the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) next Jan. 27-29.

The bonus was first revealed during Sunday’s NBC Sports broadcast of the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

“This bonus ties together and strengthens the two most prestigious handicapping contests in the world,” said NTRA Chief Operating Officer Keith Chamblin. “Winning the BCBC in November and the NHC in January would be unprecedented and a feat worthy of the richest payday in handicapping contest history.”

By design, the bonus will be incredibly difficult to hit, but there is a clear marketing benefit because no matter what, the existence of the bonus means that someone will have a chance to win at least $4.1 million at the NHC. That figure comes from adding the bonus to the more than $300,000 won by Tommy Massis at last year’s BCBC and the $800,000 Paul Matties won at last year’s NHC. It’s even possible that number will swell to over $5 million should the player in question have won one of the contests this year which already attached a $1 million bonus to the BCBC.

Should the BCBC winning player be fortunate enough to have two entries at the NHC, he or she will designate which one is competing for the bonus. In other words, the bonus will not cover both NHC entries.

Now entering its eighth year, the $1 million-estimated BCBC has become the premier live-bankroll contest on the tournament calendar. The BCBC, which offers 15 seats to the NHC in addition to cash prizes, is a highly lucrative and exclusive contest with a $10,000 buy-in required to participate. Players enjoy first-class access to the two best days of racing in the world with VIP seats that include buffet lunch each day and other amenities. DRF Tournaments is the exclusive place to win in online for the BCBC, and there are additional places to win in on site. For more on the BCBC, visit www.breederscup.com/bcbc.

Qualifying for NHC 18 continues through January in scores of contests held on-site and online. Next weekend’s contest menu includes a Free-to-Play NHCQualify event at DRF Tournaments, offering four spots to the NHC. For more information on the NHC Tour and a complete contest schedule, visit NTRA.com/nhc.

Feeders galore

This week on DRF Tournaments, players will have their final opportunities to win in to the Battle of Saratoga. There will be $12 all-in feeders Wednesday through Sunday. The top 10 percent of finishers will advance to Saturday’s one-day qualifier. Entries for the latter may be purchased directly for $109. The top finishers there will each receive two $1,000 entries and a $500 travel stipend.

DRF Tournaments will also be qualifying players for Gulfstream’s just-announced "Conquer the Crown" contest. There will be feeders, with a $10 buy-in, running Wednesday through Friday. The top 10 percent of finishers advance to Sunday’s $90 entry qualifier. The "Conquer the Crown" contests is a live-bank event that will be held Dec. 3, Gulfstream’s championship meet’s opening day, in conjunction with the Claiming Crown.

Tournament players throughout the country are talking about Santa Anita’s Autumn Championship – and the $1 million bonus that goes with it should the winner go on to take the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. You can win your way into Sunday’s $130 qualifier for $26 from Wednesday through Saturday.

Players looking to win in to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and National Handicapping Championship will also find feeders aimed at them throughout the week. Both feeders cost $21 per entry. The BCQualify contest is on Saturday and the NHCQ event is Sunday.

Players looking to build their contest war chests can play in credit-builder contests with various structures from Wednesday through Sunday.