Scores of the top horseplayers in the world are set to compete at this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) for 15 berths and the chance to play for a $3 million bonus tied to this January’s Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC),  the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest.

The new $3 million NHC Tour bonus – the largest prize ever offered in the handicapping contest world – will be awarded to any horseplayer who wins the BCBC, this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita, and the NHC, next January 27-29, at Treasure Island Las Vegas. Last year’s BCBC winner earned more than $300,000 and first prize at the NHC is $800,000, meaning that successful completion of the NHC Tour Double would be worth more than $4.1 million.

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Qualifying for NHC 18 continues through January in scores of contests held on-site and online. For more information on the NHC Tour and a complete contest schedule, visit

In its 18th year, the NHC is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-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. There are no bye-ins to the NHC. 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, the NHC is presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas.