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NHC berths up for grabs in two upcoming contests

August 5, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Registration open for free “Sovereign Stable Handicapping Challenge” online on August 13; contestants need not be NHC Tour members to enter or win

Signups are now being accepted for the “Sovereign Stable Handicapping Challenge,” a free, online handicapping tournament that will take place on Saturday, August 13. The top finisher will receive a guaranteed berth in the $2 million (estimated) Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Sovereign Stable next January in Las Vegas. The winner will also receive a $250 air travel voucher and hotel accommodations at Treasure Island Las Vegas, site of the NHC. Additional prizes will be awarded to the second- and third-place finishers. Prospective competitors need not be NHC Tour members in order to register, though they must be signed up as an NTRA Inside Track member. Membership in NTRA Inside Track is free and available at

The Sovereign Stable Handicapping Challenge requires contestants to place hypothetical $2 win and place wagers on 10 designated contest races on August 13. The 10 contest races will be chosen by tournament officials on Thursday, August 11, and are scheduled to be selected from the August 13 cards at Saratoga Race Course, Monmouth Park and Del Mar (contest tracks subject to change). Free DRF past performances for the Challenge races will be available at the contest site. The player amassing the highest number of points based on the players' earnings (i.e. the highest final bankroll) from all $2 win and place wagers at the end of the Challenge will be declared the "Grand Prize Winner" and receive a berth in the NHC in January in Las Vegas.

“We are very pleased to offer racing fans all around the world a free opportunity to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship,” said Sovereign Stable President Matt Gatsas. “Our Sovereign Stable partnerships have enabled many people to experience the unique thrills of racing. Competing in the National Handicapping Championship has become another coveted opportunity within the sport, and we hope everyone will register for our tournament and take their shot at the $1 million prize up for grabs at Treasure Island Las Vegas next January.”

To register for the Sovereign Stable Handicapping Challenge, or to learn more about it, visit

For more information about the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, visit For questions about the August 13 competition, contact Michele Ravencraft at (859) 422-2657.

Treasure Island Las Vegas to host NHC qualifier August 19-20; three NHC spots offered; all entry fees returned as prize money

Treasure Island Las Vegas, first-time host of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) next January, will host an NHC qualifying tournament on Friday and Saturday, August 19-20. The Treasure Island competition has a $1,000 entry fee and offers three NHC spots, with 100% of all entry fees returned as prize money. Players make 12 mythical win and place wagers each day—six on mandatory races and six on other races of the players’ choosing. Entries are limited to one per person, and the field will be capped at 100 players. For more information, contact Casino Marketing at Treasure Island Las Vegas at (800) 944-3777.

“We’re very excited about this first qualifying tournament at the new host site of the NHC,” said Keith Chamblin, Senior Vice President of the NTRA. “I know that players traveling in to Las Vegas for the competition next month will be impressed by the Treasure Island property and staff.”

Before the start of contest play, all participants in NHC qualifying tournaments must have paid a one-time, annual NHC Tour membership fee of $45 in order to be eligible to compete at the NHC Finals. Individuals may sign up for the NHC Tour at

For more information, contact Casino Marketing at Treasure Island Las Vegas at (800) 944-3777.