06/14/2005 11:00PM

Four of six takes Los Alamitos tourney


Despite missing the contest's first winner, Gary Stewart nailed four of the remaining five contest races and won the American Quarter Horse Association at Los Alamitos Regional Handicapping Tournament on June 10.

Stewart, a 56-year-old consultant from Los Alamitos, Calif., earned the top prize of $800 and qualified for the $500,000 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship at Bally's Las Vegas on Jan. 27-28, 2006.

The free contest, which paid out $2,000 in prize money, featured four races from Los Alamitos and two from Hollywood Park. After missing the first contest race, Stewart chose longshot Relative Strength, who paid $56.80 to win race 3 at Los Alamitos, a 4 1/2-furlong Thoroughbred race. The upset helped Stewart become the only handicapper in the field of 295 players to correctly select the winners of four of the six races for the victory.

Hollywood Park: $1 million bonus draw

Hollywood Park is expecting more than 1,000 horseplayers to enter this weekend's free King of Hollywood Handicapping Contest, which will offer three DRF/NTRA qualifying berths.

The contest is part of Churchill Downs Inc.'s Million Dollar Bonus Tour, in which the winner will be eligible for a $1 million bonus offered to anyone who can win a qualifying event at a Churchill Downs-owned track and go on to win the DRF/NTRA Championship.

Players will be given a $100 mythical bankroll to wager $20 on each of five designated Hollywood Park races each day of the two-day contest. Win, place, show, exacta, quinella, trifecta, and superfecta wagers will be accepted.

Daily cash prizes totaling $7,000 will be paid out to the top five finishers each day, and a $3,000 bonus will be awarded to the cumulative two-day winner.

Players need not play on both Saturday and Sunday to be eligible to win. Registrations are being accepted ontrack through Sunday's fifth race.

Cash on the barrelhead at Delaware

Registrations are still being accepted for Saturday's Delaware Park Handicapping Tournament, one of the most popular contests on the East Coast.

The entry fee is $100, plus each player is required to purchase a $200 betting card to play in the real-money tournament. Player must bet a minimum of $20 on at least 10 races from Delaware, Belmont, Monmouth, Churchill Downs, Philadelphia Park, and Colonial Downs. Players get to keep all parimutuel winnings.

The top two finishers will qualify for the DRF/NTRA Championship. The third- and fourth-place finishers will earn berths into the Horseplayer World Series at the Orleans in Las Vegas on Jan. 19-21, 2006.

As of Wednesday, more than 300 players had signed up for the tournament. Registrations will be accepted until noon Saturday at the track.

Midweek action at Hinsdale

For players looking for a rare weekday contest, Hinsdale Greyhound Park and OTB in Hinsdale, N.H., will host a Thoroughbred handicapping tournament on Thursday, June 23.

The tournament is not a DRF/NTRA qualifier, but may be worth the drive to the location, 90 minutes from Albany, Boston, or Hartford, as it will offer an estimated $10,000 in prize money.

The entry fee is $100, and players must make 10 mythical $200 win, place, or show wagers on their choice of races from Belmont, Monmouth, and Churchill. All entry fees will be returned as prizes, with 50 percent going to the winner.

To register, call T.D. Thornton at (877) 648-7225.