05/26/2016 11:36AM

Three contests on new DRF site


There are three contests on the new tournaments.drf.com platform Saturday, a qualifier for an important live-bankroll event and two feeder contests, including one where you can start your journey to the 2017 National Handicapping Championship and its expected $2.5 million purse.

Monmouth Park’s Pick Your Prize contest on June 4 is happening for the first time, but all the evidence suggests it’s going to become a perennial stop on the NHC Tour. The initial prize pool was based on 100 entrants, and the contest has already exceeded that number. Current estimates suggest that there will be at least two Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seats and nine or more NHC seats on the line. The best way to qualify is online through tournaments.drf.com. Saturday’s live-format qualifier – the typical format used online – costs $162, and prize packages include your $2,000 buy-in for Monmouth plus $500 for travel. One $2,500 package will be awarded for every 18 entrants.

There also will be two feeder contests Saturday. Both will be utilizing the all-in format, meaning all picks must be in before the first race. These contests lock at the scheduled post time of the first race, not when the gates pop. Don’t be caught unaware.

Santa Anita made waves in the contest world last week when it announced a $1 million bonus to any player who wins one of its events and goes on to win the BCBC. Players looking to compete in the track’s next contest, the Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge, can win their $225 entry into Sunday’s qualifier for only $25 in Saturday’s all-in contest. The top 10 percent of finishers will win entries and try to parlay those into $4,500 seats on Sunday.

Players looking to qualify for the NHC have a chance to step up to bat for that honor for only $18 on Saturday via the all-in format. Once again, the top 10 percent of finishers will win into Sunday’s $162 NHC qualifier.

Here are the races for all three contests (all times Eastern):

4:26 Gulfstream 7

4:41 Belmont 7

4:50 Arlington 6

4:58 Gulfstream 8

5:00 Santa Anita 1

5:21 Arlington 7

5:30 Gulfstream 9

5:30 Santa Anita 2

5:45 Belmont 9

5:50 Arlington 8

6:00 Santa Anita 3

6:17 Belmont 10