The 19th edition of the NTRA’s National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) starts this Friday & ends on Sunday. Although they have advertised that 700 players are entered the actual number is 570. 130 are dual qualifiers who will be playing the maximum amount of entries allowed.
The first place prize is $800,000 and defending champ Ray Arsenault will attempt to become the first two time NHC champion as will the 11 other past champions in this year’s field. Paul Matties, John O’Neil, Jose Arias, Michael Beychok, John Doyle, Brian Troop, John Conte, Richard Goodall, Stanley Bavlish, Steve Wolfson Jr., & Judy Wagner.
One positive change to this year’s NHC is the Daily Racing Form will no longer be a sponsor of the event. That means one participant won’t be in violation of the rules that had been overlooked for years.
The format for this event is a $2 WP mythical contest, which means everyone is looking for a longer shot than they’d be normally playing in a live bankroll contest. Treasure Island has purchased 570 dart boards to assist this year’s contestants (not factual). If you’d like to follow along you may go to this link http://www.ntra.com/nhc
The players are assigned 8 mandatory races per day on Day 1 and Day 2 & 7 at the Final Table. These races are picked by Ellis Star, Brian Skirka, Tony Nevill & Jim Mulvihill. The players will have 10 optional races on Day 1 & Day 2. All 10 plays in the Semifinal round will be optional wagers. Aqueduct, Fair Grounds, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita Park & Tampa Bay Downs are the contest eligible tracks.
The field will be reduced to the top 10% of players after the first two days. The top 10 highest scores after the Semifinal round will round out the Final Table. The 10 finalists will then be assigned 7 mandatory races to decide who will become this year’s champion. Players who didn’t make the cut will be playing in a consolation tournament.
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