07/27/2017 11:36AM

A Grade 1 day for World Championship of Handicapping

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The summer is heating up on DRF Tournaments.

Saturday’s featured contest is the latest Grade 1 qualifier for the World Championship of Handicapping. The WCH is a championship-level, online event. Assuming full participation, the purse will be $1 million. The finals will have no takeout. The WCH is limited to 200 players who can buy in for $5,000 or win in through qualifiers like Saturday’s Grade 1.

The Grade 1 costs $580 to play, though many in the field will have won in for $95 through first-round events. One in 10 players will advance from the Grade 1 to the WCH. As of this writing, 16 players had already won into the Grade 1, and that number will continue to grow until the contest kicks off on Saturday.

Sunday’s featured event is a qualifier for the Saratoga Handicapping Challenge. Entries cost $108, and one in 27 will win a prize package worth $2,500 – two Saratoga entries plus $500 in travel. The Saratoga contests are separate events Aug. 9-10. Each day has a $1,000 buy-in. These contests will use a live-bankroll format that only allows wagering on races from Saratoga.

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This is also the final weekend to win into the Wynn Handicapping Challenge on Aug. 4-5 at the Wynn Las Vegas. This is a must-attend event for many tournament players. It is a mythical-bankroll contest with a unique set of rules, including a double bet each day and no continuously updated leaderboard. The Wynn contest costs $2,000 to play, and this weekend’s qualifiers will cost $290 and advance one in 10 entries.

Also, players should be on the lookout for feeders to the Monmouth Super Qualifier. Feeder entries cost $20, and one in seven entries will go on to the Monmouth Super Qualifier on Saturday, Aug. 5. From there, one in 10 will win prizes worth $1,000 (a $500 Monmouth entry plus $500 in travel).

It’s too late to qualify for it, but it’s also worth noting that the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge is this weekend out where the surf meets the turf. The two-day, live-bankroll contest costs $7,000 to play. Interested players can reach out to Chris Bahr at Del Mar.

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