Per a joint decision between HorseTourneys and Laurel Park, The BIG One will be played online this year at HorseTourneys.com. The dates will remain the same—Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, 2020.
The NHC qualifier offered each Wednesday at HorseTourneys will now also include cash payouts starting next week (May 20). It is the first time in the history of online, mythical-money tournaments that cash prizes will be available in an NHC qualifying event.
Emily Kyrillou turned her starting live bankroll of $250 into a final total of $10,327.50 to finish best of 230 entries and win the Aqueduct Gotham Challenge on March 9.
It has been three days since “Fourgate” (full credit to Justin Dew, who I believe was the first to coin that term), but people are still buzzing about it. As we await word on how the NTRA will settle the issue, it is somewhat interesting to take a step back and gauge people’s reaction to last Saturday’s free NHC qualifier at HorsePlayers. Or…if nothing else…it’s a way to pass the time.
NHC fever abounds, and that’s understandable given that the 20th edition of the event is just a week away. But that shouldn’t serve to obscure the return to HorsePlayers of qualifiers to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC).
The final top 10 standings:
(Courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)
(Courtesy of Keeneland)
Tommy Massis of Toronto is truly the King of Keeneland Contests. On Sunday, he rode a $1,000 win bet on 19-1 shot Bella Noire in Keeneland’s 4th race to a win in the BCBC-NHC Challenge. Tommy’s winning total of $20,800 bested 2nd place finisher Blake Jessee of Carmel, IN by nearly $8,000.
Jeffrey Harryman turned a starting bankroll of $200 into $2,214.50 to win the Laurel Champions Tournament at Laurel Park on Saturday, August 18. Harryman won a $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entry, a cash bonus of $2,790, plus his final bankroll total was his to keep. His total return: cash and prizes worth $15,004.50.
(courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)
Dennis Montoro, 32, from New York City, went all-in in the last race with a $7,000 win bet on #2, 5-1 Raven Creek, to finish with $42,000 and win the July 28-29 Del Mar Handicapping Challenge. Montoro qualified to the Del Mar Challenge from a $400 feeder contest on HorseTourneys, essentially turning a $400 investment into more than $135,000 in cash and prizes.