First Qualifier to the 2022 Flo-Cal Faceoff Among 20 Featured Tourneys This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Though the ink is barely dry on Ken Seeman’s $74,000 winner’s check and on the $6,000 Pegasus entry he won for capturing last weekend’s The BIG One, it is time to look forward to HorseTourneys’ next “major” competition, the $250,000 Guaranteed Flo-Cal Faceoff (featuring two days of mandatory, full-card selections on Gulfstream and Santa Anita racing) here on January 8th and 9th.

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Biggest Contest Victory Ever for Ken Seeman Begins With an Unusual, Unsuccessful…but Highly Meaningful…First Selection

The BIG One has always been one of Ken Seeman’s very favorite tournaments. He has participated in all but two of them.

“It’s a small field in a big contest world,” he said. “You don’t have players throwing bombs left and right. And I really enjoyed playing it at Laurel with the camaraderie of that smaller group down there.”

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The Stage is Set for The BIG One—Two-Day Event to Offer 10 Top Tournament Seats and at Least $159,000 to Field of 57; Plus Twenty Other Features on Tap This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

With the top 15 players sharing in a cash prize pool currently at $159,000 (and growing) and the top 10 finishers also earning one of 10 seats to either the NHC, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge or the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship—and the field (with each contestant playing just one entry) numbering just 57—The BIG One probably represents your best mathematical chance to enter an important contest and leave with a nice prize.

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Dylan Donnelly Captures Exacta Extravaganza After Wild Finale at Woodbine; Sean Nolan Records Three Big Sunday Triumphs; Brian Chenvert Earns His Way to Santa Anita and The BIG One (Weekly Recap, September 8-12)

In terms of last-race drama, we couldn’t have scripted the Exacta Extravaganza much better.

In as contentious a race as you’re ever going to see, Dylan Donnelly, 30, of Alta Loma, Calif., saw two of his three exacta box horses—Hallie’s Hero (9-1) and Abbaa (also 9-1)—prevail in a five-horse blanket finish in the final race of the two-day, $50,000 Guaranteed Exacta Extravaganza, the 11th at Woodbine. The dueling 9-1 shots combined on a $1 exacta payoff worth $152.20, and that propelled Donnelly from 3rd-place to first—a distinction that came with a prize of $20,250.

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Two-Day, $50,000 Guaranteed Exacta Extravaganza, Eight Guaranteed Seats to The BIG One, Last Chance for Canterbury, Free NHC Qualifier and New “Random Picks” Feature Among the Highlights of 20 Marquee Events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Saturday marks the inaugural “running” of our newest guaranteed, multi-day cash tourney—the Exacta Extravaganza. 

It begins on Saturday, ends on Sunday, and the format is simple. For an entry fee of $500, you get to make a three-horse exacta box selection on every race of the Kentucky Downs and Woodbine cards on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a live-format game, so you can enter your picks right up until “off time” if you wish. Also, it happens to be an HT Tour event, so if you are participating in that, there are points to be won if you finish in the top 10.

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Chris Podratz Grabs Pair of NHC Seats; Brett Wiener Earns Two Grand Prizes…on Each of Two Straight Days; Howard Welsh Sweeps Top Sunday Cash Tourneys (Weekly Recap, September 1-6)

Despite a potential “NHC hangover,” players came out in full force during Labor Day weekend (and week). Some big prices along the way enabled several aggressive—and sharp—multi-tablers to visit the winner’s circle more than once on a given day. Meanwhile, a couple of players managed to have a couple of highly successful days.

As usual, the week’s featured-tourney action began on Wednesday.

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It’s Closing Weekend at both Saratoga and Del Mar, so Handicapping Figures to be a Labor of Love During Extended, Four-Day Holiday Stretch

Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially where Saratoga and Del Mar are concerned. We’ll try to keep the accent on the sweet—and not so much on the sorrowful—during a Labor Day Weekend that offers a rare HT Tour event on a Monday plus daily qualifiers to The BIG One and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

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Evan Trommer Captures Four Sunday Grand Prizes; Steve Nemetz Lands Spot in The BIG One Plus Two Other Seats; Players Come Out in Force for Final Bally’s Berths (Weekly Recap, August 18-22)

The eyes of the contest world will rightly be focused on this coming weekend’s NHC. But this Thursday’s Bally’s NHC First Chance/Last Chance tournament is a pretty big event in its own right. Thirty-five $500 entries to the traditional NHC Eve preamble flew out the door last week—including five on Wednesday.

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Guaranteed Qualifiers to September’s The BIG One Now to be Offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Starting with Upcoming Pacific Classic Weekend

With the record-breaking Spa & Surf Showdown now in the books and the ink barely dry on Randy Miller’s first-place check of $235,764, it’s time to redouble our focus on our next major event—the September 18-19 The BIG One, played once again in 2021 right here at HorseTourneys.

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