First-Chance Opportunities to Qualify for Santa Anita Preakness Challenge, Belmont Stakes Challenge and Del Mar Handicapping Challenge Plus Big Bucks, The BIG One, NHC, BCBC and More Top 19-Featured-Tourney Weekend

“Challenge” is a key word in the world of handicapping contests. “Challenge” is to contests as “Stakes” is to big races. On Easter Sunday, you can qualify for the first time to the 2019 renewals of three Challenges. It’s sure to be, ahem, challenging. As usual, though, the featured-tourney action at HorseTourneys gets started on Friday.

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Faron McCubbins Closes with a Rush to Capture Keeneland’s April 14, 2019 Grade One Gamble

(courtesy of Jim Goodman, Keeneland)

Overcoming inclement weather and late changes to the contest landscape, Faron McCubbins of Mount Washington, Ky., hammered the 9th race at Keeneland with an $800 exacta on 8-10 that paid $28,560, resulting in an incredible final bankroll of $31,560 that bested 180 other contestants in the Keeneland Grade One Gamble. For his efforts, Faron took home $35,000 in prize money, a fully paid Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) berth at Santa Anita worth $10,000, and an entry into the 2020 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) at Bally’s Las Vegas.

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First-Ever Ultra Low Ratio BCBC Qualifier, $75 NHC Qualifier and Initial Chance for Santa Anita NHC Super Qualifier Just Some of the Highlights of 16-Featured-Tourney Weekend

This weekend represents your last chance to spot your Derby horse in prep action—and your first chance to play a couple of exciting new events. It’s all part of a 16-featured-tourneys weekend that gets rolling on Friday.

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For Her Incredible Encore, Cheryl Knepper is Going to the NHC; David Brownfield Wins Three Big Prizes Over Two Days; Szalsa, Massis, Blair and Stange All Double Up; (Weekend Recap April 5-7)

There were lots of double winners on this predominantly Pick & Pray weekend, and we’ll get to them all. We’re going to start with Cheryl Knepper, though. She only won one prize per se, but in many respects, she was a double winner too—arguably one of the most impressive such double-uppers that we’ve seen lately.

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Thoughts on the Horse Player World Series

The three-day format of the Horse Player World Series—and Las Vegas, itself—makes for a grueling and intense few days. I happened to add a couple of extra days to my Orleans journey to bet on some baseball and basketball and, as a result, I STILL am catching up on my sleep from last weekend.

My post-mortem thoughts are still pretty scattered at this point. If I neglected to note something obvious or important, feel free to bring it to my attention in the comments section. Otherwise, here goes.

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Special $35,000 Guaranteed Tourney, Plus Free NHC Qualifier, $1,000 BCBC Qualifier and Last Chance for Keeneland Grade One Gamble Headline Wood/Blue Grass/Santa Anita Derby Weekend

Last Saturday, Paul Sadler selected Maximum Security and won $22,500 in our Florida Derby Day $50,000 Guaranteed event. This Saturday, it could be you and your Derby horse that get the spotlight…and the money…in our Wood/Blue Grass/Santa Anita Derby Day $35,000 Guaranteed Pick & Pray. It’s the highlight of an 18-featured-tourneys weekend that gets started on Friday.

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Last Year’s HPWS Champ Bob Montgomery Takes Day 2 Lead in Bid For Repeat Victory

A year ago, Bob Montgomery was sapped by a severe cold but still managed to prevail over 427 opponents and win $231,120 in the Horse Player World Series. This year, buoyed by good health and a monster Day 2, Montgomery has put himself in line for a repeat victory as the Day 2 leader in the 2019 renewal of the World Series.

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