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Free-TO-Play Online NHC Qualifier Saturday at DRF Tournaments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, May 12, 2016) – The year’s second Free-to-Play online National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifier is set for Saturday on the DRF Tournaments platform. The contest will offer four berths to the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament and is open exclusively to NHC Tour members. NHC 17 in January 2016 offered a total prize pool of more than $2.75 million including an $800,000 first-place prize won by Paul Matties, whose finish also earned him an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year.

To register for Saturday’s free contest, visit or to sign up for the NHC Tour, go to One must be a current NHC Tour member to play in free online qualifiers.

The top four finishers in Saturday’s contest will each earn an automatic berth to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas, to be held January 27-29, 2017, at Treasure Island. Each winning prize package includes NHC entry, four nights at Treasure Island and airfare reimbursement up to $400.

The free qualifier also offers NHC Tour points, with the top 10 percent of finishers earning shares of a points pool estimated at 250,000 points (with 3,750 to the winner), based on an estimated 1,500 players. The final number of points available will be determined on a sliding scale according to the number of participating NHC Tour players.

The contest will be comprised of mythical Win and Place wagers on 12 mandatory races from Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park with selections submitted in advance of the first designated contest race in an “all-in” format. The contest begins at approximately 3:39 p.m. ET with race 7 from Monmouth Park and concludes with two graded stakes races from Belmont Park, the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes and the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes. The following is Saturday’s complete contest menu:

Time               Track              Race #

3:39                 Monmouth       7

3:47                 Churchill          7

4:09                 Belmont           6

4:10                 Monmouth       8

4:26                 Gulfstream      7

4:41                 Belmont           7

5:12                 Monmouth       10

5:13                 Belmont           8

5:21                 Churchill          10

5:30                 Gulfstream      9

5:45                 Belmont           9

6:17                 Belmont           10


This marks the second of five free online qualifiers to be presented by the NTRA this year, with the later contests set for July 30, August 7 and September 3.

For more information on the NHC and NHC Tour, visit