02/08/2018 2:16PM

Calendar turns for second WCH

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This Saturday, horseplayers will have their first chance to win into the second DRF World Championship of Handicapping. Best of all, it’s absolutely free. Players can go to tournaments.drf.com to sign up today for a chance to win into the big-money, no-takeout event. This contest will use the “live” format, meaning players have the opportunity to change their selections up to the scheduled post time for each race.

On Sunday, DRF Tournaments will host its first Grade 1 qualifier for the WCH with the terms being the same as they were for the inaugural event. Entries cost $580 and one in 10 will win their $5,000 buy-ins. The contest needs nine entries in total to go.

Look for the details of the 2019 WCH to be announced in the coming weeks, but if the first one is any indication, it will be popular among horseplayers. Last weekend’s no-rake contest awarded $555,000 to players and that was with only nine months of qualifying. With at least a full year to qualify, the second event should fill to its max capacity and have a purse of $1 million.

The DRFT inventory is expected to expand in the coming weeks, with opportunities for players to win into a host of live-bankroll games from coast to coast. First up is the Stronach Group Ultimate Betting Challenge, which will take place at both Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita on Sunday, March 11.

Players have three ways to win their $4,500 buy-ins for the UBC. There will be direct qualifiers – the first is on Monday, Feb. 19 – that cost $400 and will advance one in 15 entries. You can win into the direct qualifier through a Round 1 contest for $90 that will send one in five forward. Players looking to get involved for short money can put up $20 and one in five will win into the Round 1.

Finally, on Sunday there will be a qualifier for the Horse Player World Series. This game costs $94 to play and one in 19 entries will win a HPWS seat. The HPWS is a mythical-money contest that will take place March 8-10 at the Orleans in Las Vegas. One could play in Vegas for three days then head to Santa Anita for the Sunday contest.

For more information, including a list of all the games happening this weekend, go to tournaments.drf.com.