By Dick Downey
Purses will be sky-high at the 2015 Kentucky Downs meet, and the eighth annual Kentucky Downs Turf Handicapping Challenge tournament on Sept. 12 offers enhanced rewards for handicappers too.
Among other prizes, this handicapping contest is a win-and-you're-in event for two spots representing Kentucky Downs in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship to be held in Las Vegas on January 28-30, 2016; one spot in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge on October 30 and 31, and one spot in the Race Track Warriors Jockey Draft Big Game.
Another plus is that the contest, formerly held on a weekday, has been moved to a Saturday date.
“Kentucky Downs is thrilled to be partnering with the NTRA, Breeders’ Cup, and Race Track Warriors/Jockey Draft to make this our biggest tournament to date,” said C.J. Johnsen, Live Racing Manager of Kentucky Downs. “With the added seating made available for this year, we are able to host the tournament on a Saturday and cater to our out of town contestants.”
A new feature is the option to qualify for the Turf Handicapping Challenge online via RaceTrackWarriors.com and JockeyDraft.com. Daily feeders start as low as $13, and qualifiers will be held on weekends with the final qualifier taking place on Monday, September 7. Qualifier winners will receive entry fees and a $500 travel voucher to Kentucky Downs.
Participants must make a win/place selection on each of the ten live races on the September 12 card at Kentucky Downs. The entry fee is $150.
1. Contestant finishing in first place receives his or her choice between: -- One seat to the 2015 BCBC to be held during the Breeders’ Cup on October 30 and 31 at Keeneland and one entry in the Race Track Warriors Jockey Draft Big Game OR --One of two seats in the NHC to be held in Las Vegas on January 28-30, 2016 and one entry in the Race Track Warriors Jockey Draft Big Game
2. Contestant finishing in second place receives his or her choice between the remaining grand prizes.
3. Contestant finishing in third place receives the remaining grand prize.
*The top three contestants will also receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations.
ADDITIONAL CASH PRIZES
4th Place $1,000
5th Place $750
6th Place $500
7th Place $450
8th Place $400
9th Place $350
10th Place $300
Kentucky Downs’ Turf Handicapping Challenge – Quick Rules
$150 entry fee
Two (2) Entries maximum per person
Limited to 300 entries
For entry information and official rules, go here
For more information, telephone is 270-586-7094 and email is [email protected]
For information about the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, go here
For information about the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, go here
For information about Race Track Warriors/Jockey Draft, go here