2015 NHC Tour Registration Now Open At NTRA.Com; Prize Money Increased 25 Percent

NTRA Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, December 11, 2014) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Tour will offer record prize money of $250,000, a 25 percent increase over the 2014 prize money of $200,000. Signups for the 2015 DRF NHC Tour are now being accepted at ntra.com/en/nhc/2015-become-a-member. The complete rules are posted at ntra.com/en/nhc/2015-nhc-tour-official-rules.

The DRF NHC Tour is a yearlong series that, in addition to offering record prize money, will offer 22 or more qualifying berths to the 2016 NHC in Las Vegas. The 2015 Tour officially kicks off Monday, January 26, and continues through December 31. A tentative schedule of 2015 NHC qualifying events will be released in coming weeks.

DRF NHC Tour participation requires an annual NTRA individual membership fee of $50. Membership is mandatory in order to compete for a berth in the 2016 NHC and must be in place prior to participation in any given qualifier tournament in order for top finishers of sanctioned NHC qualifying events to be eligible to compete in the January 2016 NHC – the lucrative culmination of the year’s qualifying schedule. The 16th renewal of the NHC will be held January 23-25 at Treasure Island Las Vegas, where Jose Arias of Bell Gardens, Calif., will defend his title. The 2016 NHC will offer a record purse of well over $2 million.

As was the case in 2014, the top 150 Tour points leaders at the end of the year will be guaranteed entry into the 2016 NHC, where the overall, season-ending NHC Tour points leader will be eligible for a $2 million bonus should he or she capture the 2016 NHC and become the first person to earn a seat to the 2017 NHC.

The NHC Tour prize pool of $250,000 includes a total of $50,000 in mid-year payouts to the top five individuals (who will receive $10,000 each) in the standings as of July 31. End-of-year payouts will total $175,000, with points based on a member’s top six scores (including at least one score from a brick and mortar tournament location). The overall Tour winner will receive $75,000 and a seat to the 2017 NHC, and the top two finishers will each receive a trophy.

The top 20 finishers at the end of the year will each receive prize money and be eligible to compete for a $25,000 bonus to be paid to the individual who achieves the highest overall finish at the 2016 NHC. This individual also will earn a berth in the 2017 NHC. The bonus money is in addition to any other prize money won at the NHC.

In addition to making one eligible to earn a coveted seat to the NHC, other NHC Tour benefits include:

  • Exclusive discount from Daily Racing Form on past performance subscription packages – 15% discount for first-time Tour Members and 10% discount for those renewing;
  • Individual membership in the NTRA, which include benefits and discounts from NTRA Advantage partners and membership in the Horseplayers Coalition that supports NTRA legislative initiatives in Washington, D.C.; and
  • Weekly e-newsletter featuring player profiles, timely tournament information and other event information.

Entering its 17th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers. There are no “buy-in” entries at the NHC. It 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. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. The 14 NHC Champions since the event’s inception, in chronological order, are Steven Walker, Judy Wagner, Herman Miller, Steve Wolfson Jr., Kent Meyer, Jamie Michelson, Ron Rippey, Stanley Bavlish, Richard Goodall, John Conte, Brian Troop, John Doyle, Michael Beychok, Jim Benes and Jose Arias.


Important Notice Regarding Remaining NHC Qualifiers at HorseTourneys – Packages Capped

Player response to this year’s NHC Qualifiers at HorseTourneys has been so good, we’re running out of NHC spots! Contractually, HorseTourneys is only permitted to award a pre-determined number of seats to the NHC per year.

Therefore, for the remaining eight (8) NHC Qualifiers at HorseTourneys through November of this year, packages awarded will be capped per event. Most qualifiers will be capped at a maximum of three (3) NHC packages per event, or 195 maximum entries under the current $155/entry, 1 per 65 entries package parameters. But be sure to check the contest descriptions for the maximum packages awarded. Maximum entries allowed per person will also be decreased to a maximum of two (2) entries per event unless otherwise specified.

Due to this cap, and based on this year’s activity to date, entries will likely fill up fast in pre-qualifying feeder events held daily for $17 (1 $155 entry awarded per 10) and $43 (1 $155 entry per 4), so be sure to secure your entries in advance for these remaining NHC qualifiers.

Thank you for your continued participation at HorseTourneys.

Ron Rippey Takes Wynn Handicapping Challenge and $132k+; HorseTourneys Qualifiers sweep top four positions

Ron Rippey, a past NHC Champ, took home the top prize and $132,765 total combined with day prizes in the Wynn $200,000 Guaranteed Handicapping Challenge, held August 1-2 at Wynn Las Vegas.

Rippey had a monster first day, amassing over $183 for a $60+ lead over second place going into day two.  However, he was only able to muster a little over $15 dollars on Saturday, as a parade of chalk came in at Saratoga and Del Mar, with Rippey playing higher prices as a defensive tactic.  Still, he hung on by less than $3.00 to get the win, sealing it with a place score in the final race at Del Mar.  Todd Stark (Mt. Sterling, KY) finished second, and collected $53,775 total.

It was a banner tournament for HorseTourneys qualifiers, with Robert Crowe ($27,555 total with day prizes) and Colin Sumner ($14,195 total) rounding out the top four.  Mark Streiff finished 6th ($12,525 total) and Dan Shugar finished 7th ($5,845 total) meaning HorseTourneys qualifiers occupied six of the top 10 final positions.  Mike Sylvester, another HorseTourneys qualifier, collected $8,350 in day money on Day 2.

For Complete Final Standings, Click Here

For Day 1 Final Standings, Click Here

For Day 2 Final Standings, Click Here

Ron Rippey and McKay at Wynn


NHC Purse Now Estimated at $1.8 Million

From NTRA Press Release:

NEW YORK CITY (Friday, May 9, 2014) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the purse for the 16th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas, is estimated to be $1.8 million. The purse estimate represents a 13 percent increase over the 2014 NHC purse of $1,590,000.

An additional $200,000 in prize money will be distributed as part of the 2014 NHC Tour, bringing the estimated NHC and DRF NHC Tour purses to $2 million or more for the first time in the history of the event.

“Tournament play thus far in 2014 has exceeded expectations,” said Keith Chamblin, Senior Vice President of the NTRA. “Through April, there are more than 1,200 ‘rookie’ DRF NHC Tour members attempting to qualify to the NHC.”

The NTRA also announced that the 16th NHC will be held January 23-25, 2015 at the Treasure Island.

Official rules for the 2015 NHC have been posted online at NHCTour.com. For the second year in a row, the event will feature a three day format with a Final 50 and Final Table.

“This past January’s expansion to a three-day NHC format was well-received,” Chamblin said. “Based on research and other feedback from participants, we’ve made some adjustments to the format that we think will lead to an even better NHC in 2015.”

About the NHC

In its 16th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers. There are no “buy-in” entries at the NHC. It is the culmination of a yearlong series of NTRA- sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino racebooks, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. Every year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. The 15 NHC Champions since the event’s inception, in chronological order, are Steven Walker, Judy Wagner, Herman Miller, Steve Wolfson Jr., Kent Meyer, Jamie Michelson, Ron Rippey, Stanley Bavlish, Richard Goodall, John Conte, Brian Troop, John Doyle, Michael Beychok, Jim Benes and Jose Arias.

About the NTRA

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of more than 80 horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).

– See more at: http://www.ntra.com/en/nhc/nhc-news/2014/5/9/2015-nhc-purse-projected-to-increase-to-1-point-8-million/#sthash.8l8s0QxT.dpuf

ALL April NHC Qualifiers $155/entry; Feeders Reduced to $17 and $57

ALL NHC Qualifiers in the month of April at HorseTourneys will carry entry fees of $155/entry (max three entries per player).  Direct Feeder events into each of the three main NHC Qualifiers in April will carry entry fees of $17 (one $155 entry per 10 entries participating) and $57 (one $155 per three entries participating).

The April schedule is as follows:

Sunday, April 6: PICK & PRAY format
Saturday, April 19: LIVE format
Sunday, April 27: ALL-OPTIONAL format

First ALL-OPTIONAL format NHC Qualifier this Saturday, March 15

The first NHC Qualifier run under the ALL-OPTIONAL format for this qualifying year will take place this Saturday, March 15.  If you have not played previously in an ALL-OPTIONAL format contest and plan on participating in this event, we highly suggest viewing the Tutorial available.

 CLICK HERE to view the tutorial for ALL-OPTIONAL format contests.

Saturday’s event will feature 20 eligible races with a maximum of 10 plays available among those 20 races.

Direct any questions to support@horsetourneys.com.


Qualifiers and Feeders Now Available for Treasure Island’s Derby Weekend Wager To Win Contests

Qualifiers and feeders begin this week for Treasure Island’s “Wager to Win” contests on Kentucky Derby weekend.  This year’s Wager to Win weekend will consist of THREE individual contests held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 2-4, 2014, at Treasure Island in Las Vegas (the host of the NHC).

Simply put, this is one of the best value propositions ever offered in handicapping contests.  The gist:

-Three (3) individual contests held Friday through Sunday, May 2-4
-EACH contest pays back 100 PERCENT of entry fees in the form of prize money to top finishers
-In addition, EACH of the three contests will award FOUR (4) Full Packages to the 2015 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, including airfare and 4-night hotel stay at Treasure Island.
-Entry fees are $250/per event, with a maximum of 200 unique players.  Each contestant may purchase up to two (2) entries per contest, thus a maximum of 400 entries per event.

The above prize structure means that the NTRA packages are being fully subsidized by Treasure Island, resulting in terrific value for players looking to both qualify to the NHC and be eligible for healthy prize money.  For any serious contest player, this is pretty much a must-visit.

For full details on the contests, see the Official Rules here.

Qualifiers at HorseTourneys will carry entry fees of $60/each, and will award one entry to each of the three events ($750 total in entry fees) PLUS $500 travel reimbursement to pay for transportation to Las Vegas.  Packages will be awarded on a 1 per 25 entries basis.

Daily Feeders will cost $17 and will award one $60 direct entry into main qualifiers per every four (4) entries participating.  The first feeder will be run on Wednesday, March 5, with the first main qualifier held Sunday, March 16.  Qualifiers will be held weekly from then through the end of April.

Contact us if you have any questions.


2015 NHC Qualifiers Kick Off on Sunday, Feb. 16 – Important Info on 2015 Qualifiers

Qualifiers to the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will return here at HorseTourneys on Sunday, Feb. 16, with the first main NHC Qualifier run that day.

Leading up to the first main qualifier, NEW this year, we will be adding two daily DIRECT feeders into each of our main NHC Qualifiers, whereby players have the chance to earn the full entry fee into the main NHC Qualifiers for a fraction of the full cost.

Entry fees for MAIN NHC qualifiers are set at $225 for 2014, with one full NHC package awarded per 45 entries. While alternative prices and ratios may be used periodically at times throughout the year, this is the main fee and ratio that will be utilized in most NHC Qualifiers.

Daily DIRECT Feeders will be held into main NHC Qualifiers. These Feeders will automatically award the entry into the designated NHC Qualifier, as opposed to awarding site credit for use in future contests. Note that site credit is still available in “Bankroll Builder” events daily as well.


1. $25 to win $225 entry directly into main NHC Qualifier, 1 entry per 10 entries participating

2. $84 to win $225 entry directly into main NHC Qualifier, 1 entry per 3 entries participating

Packages won through main NHC Qualifier events at HorseTourneys will include:
1. Seat to NHC ($7,250 seat cost)
2. 4-nights hotel at NHC venue
3. $500 Travel Reimbursement

NHC Tour / Tour Points:

Remember, one of the advantages of focusing at HorseTourneys for your NHC Qualifying pursuits is the lower ratio of players per NHC package awarded. This means that you will be playing against fewer players than through other venues, which results in increased chances to earn NHC Tour points throughout the year. Finishing in the top 150 in Tour points will earn you entry into the NHC should you not advance through a qualifier online or on-track.


HorseTourneys posts its NHC Schedule on a quarterly basis. The events through April include:

– Sunday, February 16 – LIVE Format
– Sunday, March 2 – PICK & PRAY Format
– Saturday, March 15 – ALL-OPTIONAL Format
– Sunday, April 6 – LIVE Format
– Saturday, April 19 – PICK & PRAY Format

More time between NHC Qualifiers = more chances to earn entries through lower-cost feeder events. For the most up-to-date schedule, always visit the Schedule Page.


We will rotate through the LIVE, PICK & PRAY and ALL-OPTIONAL formats throughout the year in main NHC Qualifiers, with the ALL-OPTIONAL format used approximately one per every four NHC Qualifiers. At this time, it is planned that ALL direct feeders into main NHC Qualifiers will run under the PICK & PRAY format. The rotation of formats in main NHC Qualifiers and direct feeders is subject to change.

Please let us know if you have any questions on the above information. Also, a reminder that NHC Tour membership fees must be renewed for 2014 BEFORE play in any main NHC Qualifiers. To sign up for the NHC Tour,click here.

We look forward to serving you throughout the upcoming qualifying year.

Best of Luck to the 78 HorseTourneys Qualifiers at the NHC

Everyone at HorseTourneys wishes the very best of luck to the 70+ players competing at this coming weekend’s Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship that qualified here at HorseTourneys.

Players earning two entries from HorseTourneys are listed twice


Samuel Alipio
Ray Arsenault
Gary Bain
Jerry Barash
Benjamin Beychok
Francis Boustany
Charles Browning
David Conover
Kevin Cox
Nicole Cox
Stephen Curtin
Larry David
Dennis Dougherty
John Doyle
John Doyle
Kevin Engelhard
Robert Engelhard
Rich Feldman
Ryan Flanders
Ryan Flanders
Dan Flanigan
Frank Foss
Nathaniel Gines
Richard Goodall
Chris Goodall
Jim Goodman
Jim Goodman
Samuel Guillory
Les Harris
Jason Ige
Les Instone
Jeannie King
Jeannie King
Thomas Kirchhoff
Dennis Klein
Kenneth Klein
Greg Knepper
Cheryl Knepper
Daniel Kovalesky
Ed Lawless
Rick Leoni
Chris Littlemore
Marsha Mayo
Jerry McClenin
Noel Michaels
James Michelson, Jr.
James Michelson, Sr.
H. Mitchell Schuman
Dane Moore
John Nichols
Dave Nichols
Alan Noring
John Oneil
Edward Ramsey
Robert Reidy
Matthew Rentze
Matthew Rentze
Mark Richards
Sam Rivera
William Roth
Paul Scott
Paul Scott
Dan Shugar
Christopher Skotz
David Snyder
David Snyder
Trey Stiles
Brent Sumja
Mike Sylvester
Edmund Teicht
John Ukleja
Michael Weiss
Howard Welsh
Bill Wilbur
Bill Wilbur
Joel Winicki
Albert Wong
Kenneth Zelin