About the NHC

Daily Racing Form/NTRA

National Handicapping Championship

The Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas, is the richest, most important and most prestigious tournament for horseplayers in the world and is the culmination of a yearlong series of sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals in Las Vegas. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. In addition to the founding title sponsor, Daily Racing Form, the NHC is presented by Racetrack Television Network, Treasure Island Las Vegas and Sovereign Stable.

Established in 1999, the first NHC offered total purse money of $200,000. The 2014 NHC offered total prizes and awards of more than $2 million. Jose Arias, an environmental safety engineer from Bell Gardens in Los Angeles, earned $750,000 and an Eclipse Award as the nation’s National Handicapping Champion.

The Daily Racing Form NHC Tour

The Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in January 2015 at Treasure Island Las Vegas.

Membership in the 2014 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is mandatory in order for top finishers of sanctioned NHC qualifying events to be eligible to compete in the January 2015 NHC Finals in Las Vegas. Membership in the NHC Tour is open to adults 21 years of age or older and requires a one-time, annual membership fee of $50. The NHC Tour membership must be in place prior to the start of any given qualifying tournament in order for one to qualify for the NHC Finals at that qualifying tournament.


2000 Steven Walker

2003 Steve Wolfson

2001 Judy Wagner

2004 Kent Meyer

2002 Herman Miller

2005 James Michelson, Jr.


2006 Ron Rippey

2010 Brian Troop

2007 Stanley Bavlish

2011 John Doyle

2008 Richard Goodall

2012 Michael Beychok

2009 John Conte

2013 Jim Benes

2014 Jose Arias

2015 John O’Neil