10/21/2016 11:27AM

Two qualifying chances left for BCBC


There are only two opportunities left to qualify for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge online. On Sunday, there is a BCQualify event hosted by DRF Tournaments, which can be found at tournaments.drf.com. Up to four BCBC seats will be awarded.

The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge is the world’s premier live-bankroll contest. Players buy-in for $10,000. Of that total, $2,500 funds the prize pool, and $7,500 acts as a live bankroll to be bet on the host track’s races over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup. If there are 400 entries this year, the overall cash purse will swell to $1 million.

It’s important to note that not only is 100 percent of the prize pool paid back to players, but seats to the National Handicapping Championship are included in the prizes. At last year’s BCBC, 15 NHC seats were awarded. The NHC is contest world’s other major event. Last year’s prize pool was $2.5 million with $800,000 and an Eclipse Award for Horseplayer of the Year going to the winner.

Permitted wagers at the BCBC are win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta. Players will have to bet certain minimums on each day. For the first time, this year a player will be allowed to have two entries in his or her name instead of being limited to one.

This year’s event contains another added wrinkle. Any player who wins the BCBC and goes on to win the NHC will be eligible for a $3 million bonus, the largest bonus ever offered in the handicapping contest world.

Of course, players can play the BCBC from the host track, Santa Anita, where they will receive VIP treatment. But those who cannot travel to California have other options. Simulcast venues for the BCBC are Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, and Gulfstream Park. Players can also play the BCBC online. Check out www.breederscup.com/bcbc for more details.

Paying $10,000 for a Breeders’ Cup seat is great value, but winning a seat online is even better. Past winners Patrick McGoey and Bob Traynor have parlayed online qualifications into hundreds of thousands at previous BCBCs.

Sunday’s qualifier has a buy-in of $400 and one out of every 31 entries will receive a seat. The 124 entries are expected to sell out, so don’t delay. in purchasing. Next week, starting Wednesday, DRFTournaments will be back with low buy-in feeders for the final BCBC online qualifier next weekend.