LEXINGTON, Ky. (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) – One of the biggest betting days of the year is about to get even more interesting Saturday with four entries to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) up for grabs in a FREE Kentucky Derby Day online qualifying contest at www.NHCQualify.com. The tournament format is similar to that of the NHC, requiring mythical $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) in each of 10 designated races.

Registration can be accessed directly at https://www.nhcqualify.com/buy_advanced.aspx. Players who aren’t regular NHCQualify.com users are encouraged to sign up at least 48 hours in advance, as technical support is expected to be busy on Saturday.

The contest is free but open only to NHC Tour members. To join the Tour and view Tour benefits, go to /en/nhc/2015-become-a-member.

The top four finishers in Saturday’s contest will earn automatic berths to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, to be held in early 2016 at Treasure Island Las Vegas. Each berth includes NHC entry, four nights at Treasure Island and travel reimbursement (up to $400). A player already qualified for the 2016 NHC may earn a second seat in this contest by finishing in the top four.

The top 10 percent of finishers will earn shares of a NHC Tour points pool, with the total points available to be determined on a sliding scale according to the number of entrants.

The Derby Day contest marks the second of five free online qualifiers to be hosted by the NTRA this year. Dates for the remaining three will be announced periodically throughout the season.

Full contest details, including rules and an explanation of the format, can be found on the NHC Qualify website at http://www.nhcqualify.com/howtoplay.aspx.

For more information on the NHC and NHC Tour, visit www.ntra.com/en/nhc.