Last Chance Qualifier for Keeneland, First Chances for Santa Anita, Treasure Island and BCBC Eve Contests Highlight 21 Friday/Saturday/Sunday Featured Tourneys

In the next couple of weeks, the Santa Anita Closing Day Challenge (October 31), the first-ever BCBC Last Chance tournament (Thursday, November 4 at Del Mar/Xpressbet) and the popular Treasure Island Wager to Win event (November 5) will all take place. You can take your first crack at winning a seat to one or all of the above tests starting this weekend.

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First 2022 NHC “Maiden Special” Among 20 Featured Tourneys to Help Ring in Opening Weekend at Keeneland

Have you yet to qualify for next January’s NHC? If so, you may want to make plans to play in the special Sunday $165 guaranteed qualifier at HorsePlayers that is restricted to those who have not yet earned a 2022 seat to the big dance. We call them “NHC Maiden Specials”…but if you win one of these, we promise you’ll feel like a graded-stakes winner.

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Jose Giron Turns $118 into $33,000; Saturday Cash Game Returns $17,000 to Giuseppe Petrella; Peter Dresens Scores NHC/BCBC Double on Sunday (Weekly Recap, September 29-October 3)

Winning a qualifier is always a rush in itself. There’s nothing like the feeling of playing in a good tournament with “house money”. Jose Giron took that good feeling on Thursday—and kicked it up a notch on Saturday.

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Four Guaranteed NHC Seats, Three Guaranteed BCBC Spots, Three Flo-Cal Faceoff Qualifiers and $82,000 in Guaranteed Cash This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at HorseTourneys and HorsePlayers

It’s opening weekend at Santa Anita, and that doesn’t just mean a Last Chance qualifier for Saturday’s Santa Anita Opening Weekend at Xpressbet…it means an inordinate number of high-quality stakes races as Breeders’ Cup preps start to really kick in.

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HT Tour Titan Jorge Cruz-Aedo Captures Third Saturday Cash Feature to Earn $1,000 Bonus; Vic Stauffer Records Triumphs on Consecutive Days; Brett Wiener Bags Three Sunday Grand Prizes (Weekly Recap, September 22-26)

Jorge Cruz-Aedo was second in the HT Tour standings heading into this past weekend. Look for the Texan to improve his position.

Cruz-Aedo is a fine handicapper any day of the week, but he seems to be especially good on Saturdays! This past Saturday, he won $15,193 for taking the day’s $30,000 Guaranteed Pick & Pray (final pot came to $33,762).

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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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