Now that the calendar has flipped to August, the action only intensifies at HorseTourneys.
While we wish good luck to everyone out at the Wynn this weekend (including the defending champ…our own McKay Smith!), there’s still a plethora of action to be found right here.
Our big game on Friday is a $5,000 Guaranteed Pick & Pray tourney (most of our big games this weekend are Pick & Prays) that has an entry fee of $185. Contest races are already up. They are Saratoga 6th through 10th, Monmouth 7th and 8th and Woodbine 5th through 7th.
Saturday should be a doozy. Our marquee event is an All-Optional NHC qualifier with 3 packages guaranteed and up to 5 available, depending on participation.
Please note that this is a LIVE format game. Twenty contest races have been selected and from there, you pick the 10 you like best. Eligible contest races for this game are Saratoga 4th through 11th; Monmouth 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th; Woodbine 8th through 10th; and Del Mar 3rd through 7th. Entry on Saturday is just $180 and we are running feeders ahead of then. This format is great for those who like to cast a little wider net than what is typically allowed in online tourneys.
We’ll also have a direct feeder for the following day’s (Sunday’s) The BIG One qualifier. The Pick & Pray feeder costs $106 and features the following 10 races: Saratoga 7th through 11th; Del Mar 3rd and 5th; Woodbine 8th through 10th; and Gulfstream 9th and 11th. Winners have a shot at the two Guaranteed The BIG One packages up for grab on Sunday. Keep in mind that only 14 spots are left in that Sept. 24-25 tourney at Laurel with cash and contest seats galore.
There is even less time to qualify for the Battle of Saratoga on August 10-11. In fact, Saturday is your LAST chance to qualify for it! We already have 22 players going to play in each of the two single-day contests there, and we want to add several more to that roster. Saturday’s game is another Pick & Pray for $128 with 1 full package per 25 players. Contest races are the same as those for The BIG One feeder above.
Though time is winding down until the Battle of Saratoga, we’re just getting started on Saturday with the Horse Player World Series. Our FIRST qualifier for the 2017 event is Saturday. Again it’s a Pick & Pray with the same races as in the above two paragraphs. It’s just $87 to play and we’ll be awarding one $1,500 seat per every 20 entries. We already have 35 entries so at least two seats are a safe bet.
Tournament seats not your thing? There are still good options for you on Saturday. There’s our $12,500 Guaranteed game with $6,250 to the winner and prizes down to 4th. That one (Pick & Pray, of course) is $195 to play and full prizes will be paid regardless of participation. Plus there is also our young-but-growing $2,000 exacta box game with $750 to the victor and payments down to 5th. This one is a LIVE format event. Here is a link to a blog earlier this week mentioning some of the charms of these three-horse exacta box games: ow.ly/ziNF302R3pq
Keep an eye out for our $25,000 Guaranteed game NEXT Saturday. In the meantime, here’s an at-a-glance look at our six pack of big games THIS Saturday:
On to Sunday…
Sunday is our aforementioned The BIG One qualifier. Win a seat, plus travel, plus hotel plus all the trappings of one of the year’s great brick-and-mortar events. Two packages are guaranteed in this Pick & Pray event, and this is one that value-conscious players will definitely want to keep an eye on.
There’s also a $7,500 Guaranteed cash game, Pick & Pray again, for $190. The winner gets $3,750 and money goes down to 5th place.
And there are a pair of Last Chance qualifiers to be sure to make on Sunday: a full-package qualifier for Monmouth and a full-package game for Hawthorne. Both are Pick & Prays offering one package per 15 players. You can enter the Monmouth game for $77 and the Hawthorne affair for $100. The Jersey Shore is nice at this time of the year. And so is Chicago. Decide where you want to spend next weekend and act (and pick and pray) accordingly.
There’s also a very reasonably-priced $41 qualifier for the first-ever NHC qualifier at Indiana Grand on Aug. 20. Each HorseTourneys qualifier (1 per every 10 participants) gets not one, but two entries into the Indy tournament that will offer 3 NHC seats.
We’ll close our weekend highlights out with a First Chance to qualify for the October 13-15 Orleans Fall Classic. This is the first of several opportunities to win a full package to the Fall Classic…but why not jump on it now before others have picked up the scent?
Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s big menu:
Whether you prefer guarantees, first chances, last chances or something in between, we wish you the best of luck in all of your contest endeavors this weekend at HorseTourneys.