For the handicapping contest player, with that comes a bevy of contest opportunities with National Handicapping Championship-based prizes on the line, albeit at long odds. I'll be involved in two this afternoon: the Del Mar Online Handicapping Contest and a HorseTourneys.com pre-qualifier.
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In short, players are given up to a $100 daily bankroll on which to place any combination (at any increment) of win, place and show wagers, in the hopes of accruing the biggest bankroll by contest's end.
Del Mar designates a race each day, and players simply go to the online (notional) wagering tool to enter picks. This afternoon, Race 9 -- the Oceanside Stakes -- is in play (at this point, NJ Horseplayer is leaning toward $50W/$50P on Stoney Fleece at 4-to-1 odds).
At last check, there were some 3,500 players entered in the contest...and so some long odds of victory.
Meanwhile, I will be playing in the NHC "preliminary feeder" contest on the Ellis Park-affiliated HorseTourneys.com. I opted for the running contest over the so-called "Pick and Pray" format where players are required to submit all 10 contest-race picks before first post (impossible for me to handicap, considering work obligations). Plus, the oppressive East Coast heat this afternoon is conducive to blasting the AC and some four hours of coach-potato tournament play. The top 10% of finishers win a $195 credit to use for one of HorseTourneys.com's NHC qualifying tournaments or to spend elsewhere on other HT games, which I am doing this afternoon after having banked a $195 credit a few weeks ago.
Anyway, best of luck with your plays on this afternoon's opening Del Mar card!