LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2019) – Each week, the NTRA will provide a rundown of those who have qualified for the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) the previous weekend.
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. The 2020 NHC will take place in the Bally’s Events Center from February 7-9.
Santa Anita Derby Challenge
*Ashley Taylor (Encinitas, CA)
Taylor, a first-time Tour member, is also in contention for 2019 Rookie Leaderboard prizes
*Charles Barringer (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Barringer, who is also in contention for 2019 Rookie Leaderboard prizes, earned his second NHC entry during the Santa Anita Derby Challenge. His first qualification came from playing Santa Anita’s February Challenge via Xpressbet on February 23, 2019.
Aqueduct Wood Memorial Challenge
Sam Richman (Danville, NH)
Richman is a six-time NHC Qualifier who won $1,350 in 2019 NHC Consolation tournament.
Ken Jordan (Farmingdale, NJ)
In addition to his job as a financial consultant, Jordan is a nine-time NHC Qualifier with his best finish coming in 2015 when he finished in the runner-up position. Jordan has won $267,100 through the NHC and this marks his second qualification for NHC 2020 after qualifying at Meadowlands on March 23.
Santa Anita April Challenge
John Gaspar (Wakefield, MA)
Gaspar is a three-time NHC qualifier who has earned double qualifier status the last two seasons. His Santa Anita April Challenge success gives his a dual shot at success once more as he had already locked down a spot for NHC 2020 at the Meadowlands on March 23.
Dr. Anthony Trezza (East Stroudsburg, PA)
Trezza, an optometric physician, is a four-time NHC participant who earned double qualifier status in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Christian Hellmers (Del Mar, CA)
The ebullient Hellmers has earned double qualifier status in three of his eight times as an NHC qualifier. A professional horseplayer, Hellmers finished 13th at the 2019 edition of the championships and has earned $26,300 through the NHC.
HorsePlayers Free Contest
David Brownfield (Toledo, OH)
A six-time NHC qualifier, Brownfield will be making his first trip back to the tournament since 2016. His best NHC finish came in 2002 when he placed seventh.
Dan Brockman (La Verne, CA)
Brockman, a UPS Feeder Driver, is a five-time NHC Qualifier who placed in the top 200 in 2009.
Andrew Norris (Indianapolis, IN)
NHC 2020 will mark Norris’ first time playing in the championship event.
Cheryl Knepper (Reading, PA)
Knepper will be making her sixth NHC appearance next February and earned double qualifier status in 2016.
Donald Wildermuth (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Wildermuth qualified for the NHC for the first time last year.
*Cody Clark (Lititz, PA)
Clark is playing the tour for the first time this year and will be making his NHC debut at the 2020 event at Bally’s. He is also in contention for 2019 Rookie Leaderboard prizes.
Travis Foelsch (Lake Arrowhead, CA) –
Foelsch finished with a bankroll of $100.20 at NHC 2019, his first-time qualifying for the championships.
*- Denotes first-time Tour member
This weekend’s NHC Qualifiers:
4/12 – $75 Horseplayers.com
4/13 – Keeneland $400 Spring Challenge
4/13 – $165 HorseTourneys.com
4/14 – Keeneland Grade One Gamble
4/14 – $165 Horseplayers.com