05/18/2017 11:00AM

Plenty of options on Preakness weekend


Preakness weekend is an important weekend at DRF Tournaments. Players have the chance to win into the new World Championship of Handicapping, as well as punch their tickets to the best tournaments taking place from coast to coast.

The action kicks off on Saturday with the second Grade 1 qualifier for the $1 million World Championship. DRFT has been running round-one contests for the Grade 1 every day it operates, where one in seven entries advance, but players also have the option of buying in to the live format contest directly for $580. One in 10 entries from the Grade 1 will win their full $5,000 buy-ins for the WCH, where 200 players will compete for $1 million in prize money with zero takeout.

Also on Saturday, there is a $108 buy-in contest for the Wynn Handicapping Challenge that will utilize an all-in format where all picks must be in before the scheduled post time of the first contest race. The Wynn contest takes place at Wynn Las Vegas on Aug. 4-5 and normally costs $2,000 to play. It’s a mythical-money event that features racing from Del Mar and Saratoga. Players who qualify from Saturday’s contest will also receive $500 in travel. One in 27 advance.

Saturday’s final featured contest is an all-in round-one event for Sunday’s Belmont Handicapping Challenge, a live-bankroll event to be held Belmont Day. Last year was the first year of the Belmont Challenge, and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better. For the round one, players put up $90 and one in five get free entries into the Sunday qualifier, a $410 value.

For Sunday’s live Belmont contest, players can simply buy in for that same $410. One in 25 will win their full $10,000 Belmont buy-ins plus $500 in travel.

Players will also be able to compete in a live-format contest for the upcoming Del Mar Handicapping Challenge on Sunday. Del Mar’s contest always attracts a strong field of players from around the country. Sunday’s live contest has a $400 buy-in and one in 19 players will receive their $7,500 entries plus $500 in travel.

There is a lot of other action on DRFT throughout the weekend as well, including a full slate of feeders, credit-builders, and match-up contests where players can build their bankrolls and win in directly to upcoming tournaments. For more information, including a list of all the races involved in each tournament, go to tournaments.drf.com.