|New tournament kicks off Sunday|
Earlier this week, Ellis Park Race Course, Inc. announced that, for the remainder of the season, the track will be offering a whopping 50 seats to the 2012 National Handicapping Championship. As this equates to 10% of the 500-seat NHC (at what a source earlier this year told me was at a cost of about $5k-$10k per seat), Ellis Park deserves much credit in putting its footprints all over the 2012 NHC.
When there is more time later this week I anticipate talking more in-depth on this topic, but for the time being the Ellis Park contest offers an attractive option, whereby contest players make an "alternate" pick for each of the 10-race card; this way, long-shot players are not necessarily defaulted to the post-time favorite - a nice feature and one that other online tournament organizers should embrace.
Here is a look at my early selections on the card (subject to change; i.e. whether my wife will let me stay home and watch...or make me go out and shop for more items for our home renovation), which I might add deviates from my typical penchant for long shots, though I've sprinkled a few in the mix:
|Event||Primary Pick||Alternate Pick|
|1 Saratoga Race 8||6 Por Que' Te Quiero||9 Crespano|
|2 Monmouth Race 9||7 Gaither Draw||3 Tempted to Tapit|
|3 Monmouth Race 10||7 Dream||9 Coco Ecolo - MTO|
|4 Saratoga Race 10||2 Bank Merger||8 Trappe Shot|
|5 Monmouth Race 11||4 Born Bullish||3 Fan Out|
|6 Del Mar Race 3||2 Full Deputy||4 My Boy Luke|
|7 Saratoga Race 11||6 Allen's Star||13 Hurling - AE|
|8 Monmouth Race 12||9 Chief Operator||4 Sadler Power|
|9 Del Mar Race 5||5 Free Range||6 Abovetheinfluence|
|10 Del Mar Race 6||5 Dreamcaster (GB)||3 Cha Cha Latte|