We tried—but unfortunately we are not permitted to offer tourneys on any of the Churchill Downs races this weekend, so that knocks the Breeders’ Cup races out of the mix for our weekend featured schedule.
We’re disappointed, but we take some solace knowing that you will have plenty of parimutuel action to keep yourself busy on Friday and Saturday—and plenty of contest action too if you’re fortunate enough to be participating in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.
We’ll still be open on Friday and Saturday, of course, but our array of featured tourneys this weekend will be backloaded into Sunday.
The richest event of the day is our up-to-$20,000 live-format game with an entry fee of $195 and $10,000 Guaranteed. Total entries are limited to 118.
Sunday’s other featured cash event is our up-to-$5,000 Exacta box tourney (always live-format). In these tourneys, players pick a three-horse exacta box in each race, and the winner is whoever racks up the most returns, based on $1 exacta payoffs over the 12 contest races (with no payoff caps). The purse here is guaranteed to be at least $2,000.
As far as brick-and-mortar qualifiers are concerned, there are five of them, including a last-chance, live-format, $293 qualifier to the November 10-11 Del Mar Fall Classic. This tourney offers one $5,000 package ($4,500 entry plus $500 for travel) per each 20 entries.
The November 23-24 Hawthorne Fall NHC Super Qualifier takes place on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The event is run as two separate, single-day tourneys, each one with a $400 buy-in. Our Sunday Pick & Pray for this event awards $800 in entry fees (which covers you for both days) plus another $500 for your travel.
The weekend after Hawthorne brings the Lone Star Park NHC qualifier (December 1), and one in 10 in this Sunday live-format game will receive a $500 entry to it. The buy-in here is only $59.
One of the final brick-and-mortar NHC qualifiers of the calendar year is the December 29 Monmouth Last Chance NHC qualifier. Winners in our Sunday qualifier for it (one per each 15 entries at $71 per entry) earn a $400 entry and another $500 for travel.
There’s also the Sunday entry-only qualifier to the Horse Player World Series at The Orleans in Las Vegas next March. One per 20 entries in this qualifier, at $90 per entry, will have a spot in one of the biggest events on any year’s contest calendar.
Also on the Sunday schedule is a live-format qualifier to the Gulfstream Park Conquer the Crown tournament on December 1. The contest is centered around the Claiming Crown—an event that annually brings together a high number of challenging, large-field races. Winners of this entry-only game receive a $3,000 buy-in to the December 1 contest in South Florida.
Over at HorsePlayers, there’s a “regular” NHC qualifier.
This one is a Pick & Pray with two berths guaranteed and an entry fee of $165.
Enjoy the Breeders’ Cup wherever you’ll be watching it from, and we hope you can join us on Sunday for our robust, nine-featured-tourney schedule