Final Free Online NHC 17 Qualifier Oct. 10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, October 1, 2015) – The year’s final free online qualifier for the $2.5 million (estimated) Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas is set for next Saturday, Oct. 10, at The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), which owns and conducts the NHC, presents five free online qualifiers per year open to all NHC Tour members.

The top four finishers in the Oct. 10 contest will receive paid berths into the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest. The four qualifiers also will receive roundtrip air travel (up to $400) and four nights of hotel accommodations for their trip to NHC 17, Jan. 28-30, 2016, at Treasure Island.

The free contest requires players to place mythical $2 win and place wagers on 10 designated contest races. The mandatory races will be posted online by tournament officials on Oct. 8, two days in advance of the contest. Selections may be made beginning Oct. 9, after official program numbers have been assigned for all the races.

Free Ultimate Past Performances for the tournament races will be available at the contest site. The four players amassing the highest number of points based on the players’ earnings (i.e. the highest final bankroll) from all mythical $2 win and place wagers at the end of the competition will receive berths to NHC 17.

In all, a total of 20 seats to the NHC will be awarded to NHC Tour members qualifying in 2015 free tournaments. Membership ($50) in the 2015 NHC Tour is mandatory to participate in the online tournaments. To sign up for the NHC Tour, visit

For more information about the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, visit For further information or questions about the NHC, contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at (859) 422-2657 or via e-mail at

About NHC

In its 17th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship 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 Web sites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. 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.

About the NTRA

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance;; the NTRA Top Thoroughbred and NTRA Top 3-Year-Old weekly media polls; the Eclipse Awards; the National Handicapping Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and HORSE PAC, a federal political action committee. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (





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