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Surfside Race Place will be conducting its next series of NHC qualifiers this weekend, September 7-9.  The Friday mini tournament will be followed by a two-day contest.  Click here for Surfside Race Place contest information.

Horsetourneys.com will be conducting NHC Qualifiers on September 8,16 and 22.  The entry fee has been lowered to $135 for the September 8 contest!  One NHC berth will be awarded per every 60 entries purchased.

NHCQualify.com is hosting online qualifiers September 9 and 29.   A maximum of five NHC berths will be awarded in these $160 one-day qualifiers.  Register now!

Horse Players Qualify is conducting the last two Players Challenge qualifiers on September 9 and 15.  The final event will be held on September 28-29.   For more details on the Players Challenge and a schedule of Players Challenge qualifiers click here.

The Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge is set for September 15.  Three NHC spots and $15,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs.  The entry fee is $150.  The handicapping challenge is going to be held on the marquee day of the Kentucky Downs meeting, which features the running of the Grade III, $200,000 Kentucky Turf Cup.  Contact Bill Flesher at billflesher@kentuckydowns.com or 270.586.6667.

Monmouth Park is hosting the $200 Monmouth/Woodbine Handicapping Challenge on September 16.  For more information contact Brian Skirka at bskirka@monmouthpark.com.

TwinSpires.com satellite qualifiers are running every Wednesday-Sunday.  Click here for the online schedule and contest details.

Fairplex Park NHC tourneys will be returning on the weekend of September 21-23.  Each of the three days will award two NHC spots and NHC Tour points. Click here to read more.

Emerald Downs is hosting an NHC qualifier on September 23.  One NHC berth will be awarded.  No NHC points will be allocated at this contest since sites must award a minimum of two NHC spots to award NHC Tour points.  Click here for contest details.

The Greenwood Teletheatre Handicapping Challenge will be taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 23.  Two NHC berths will be awarded.  Click here for more details.


Gulfstream Park will be hosting the very first “Last Chance/First Chance” NHC Qualifier on Eclipse Awards weekend, January 19-20.  The top two finishers will receive NHC berths.  If the player has already qualified to the 2013 NHC the berth will be awarded to the 2014 NHC.  If he or she has not qualified to the 2013 NHC the spot will be granted to the January 25-26, 2013 event.  Airfare and hotel accommodations to the Finals will also be awarded to the top two finishers.  Click here to book your room at the Hampton Inn-Hallandale at the preferred NHC player rate.  Contact Mike Nyman at michael.nyman@gulfstreampark.com for more details.


NHC sponsor Sovereign Stable won two races, finished second three times and showed twice to finish seven out of eight times in the money at the recently concluded Saratoga racing meeting.


Can you imagine qualifying for the NHC 10 or more times?  We have group of ladies and gentleman that have accomplished this feat.  You may recognize some of these names; Sally Goodall, Trey Stiles, Robert Bertolucci, Paul Shurman, Bill Shurman, Rich Nilsen, Richard Goodall, Judy Wagner and Louis Constan.  Mike Mayo has qualified nine times and is working to make NHC 14 his tenth appearance at the Championship.

If you or a player you know has been accidentally excluded from this list please let Michele Ravencraft know as soon as possible.


Judy Wagner (New Orleans, LA) is still leading the second-half of the DRF NHC Tour with 4,727 points.. Paul Parker (Norcross, GA) is in second place with 4,479 points. Mark McGuire (Newbury, Park, CA) amplified his first-place lead on the full Leader Board with a first-place finish in the September 2 NHCQualify.com contest.  He now has finished first in three NHC contests this year earning him $10,000 in bonus money.

Click here to view the overall full Leader Board standings.

Click here to view the second-half full Leader Board standings.

Click here to view the current list of NHC 14 qualifiers.

Name 2H LB Points Name Full LB Points
Judy Wagner 4,727 Mark McGuire 13,690
Paul Parker 4,479 Mark Streiff 10,816
Emad Himaya 3,954 Rhonda Sylvester 10,186
Nick Noce 3,918 Christopher Larmey 9,349
Dan Shugar 3,893 Edmund Teicht  8,984


NHC Player Profile Scott Carson

Scott Carson

Scott is from Yorktown, NY.  He will be making his 6th appearance at the NHC.  Scott started PublicHandicapper.com in 1999.  He has a 13-year-old son.

Click here to read Scott’s complete NHC player biography.

Feel free to contact me anytime throughout the year with questions or feedback on the NHC and NHC Tour.  I can be reached at  859.422.2657 or email me at mravencraft@ntra.com.

Michele Ravencraft