05/22/2008 12:00AM

Handicapping finals to keep site

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The $1 million Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship is returning to the Red Rock Casino next year, the casino and the NTRA announced Thursday. The tournament will take place Jan. 23 and 24, 2009.

This past January, 278 handicappers played in the championship at Red Rock. This year, more than 100,000 people are expected to attempt to qualify.

The National Handicapping Championship is the culmination of a yearlong series of local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, offtrack betting facilities, and racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top finishers to the national finals.