Entries now open for NHC Qualifier

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is hosting a one-day qualifier to send three people to the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championships (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas at Treasure Island Jan. 27 – 29, 2017. The local qualifier is set for Saturday, Aug. 20 and entries into the contest began Tuesday, June 21.

The qualifier at Indiana Grand has an entry fee of $175 and is limited to 125 entries. Players may purchase up to two entries per person. The contest begins at approximately 4 p.m. the day of the event and will feature racing from the latter part of the card at Saratoga, Del Mar and five mandatory races from Indiana Grand, concluding at approximately 9:30 p.m. A win payoff cap has been put in place of 20-1 and a place payoff cap of 10-1 will also be utilized.

Players competing in the local qualifier will receive exclusive seating, buffet and soft drinks, a t-shirt, Daily Racing Forms, programs and will also be eligible for NHC Tour points provided by the NTRA/DRF contest organization rules. In addition, the top three players advancing to the finals will receive airfare and accommodations to Las Vegas. Food and other travel expenses are not included in the trip to Las Vegas.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville for a special rate for players in the NHC for the weekend of the contest. Players should request the special rate with the NHC code when booking a room.

Guests may also accompany players for an additional fee of $25 due at the time of registration. If more than 125 entries are received, a waiting list will be formed and entries not paid for by 3p.m. the day of the qualifier will be opened up to those on the waiting list in the order they were received.

Club Centaur Rewards membership is required to participate in the qualifier and individuals must be 21 or over. Membership into the club is free and may be obtained the day of the qualifier.

The contest will be held on the south end of the Clubhouse and will feature a $2 mock wager format. Each wager will offer a $2 win and $2 place wager on the same horse and players must compete in a total of 12 races during the contest.

The NHC has grown over the years to be the richest most prestigious handicapping tournament in horse racing. Now in its 16th year, the tournament began with prize money of $200,000 and has grown to a contest with prizes in the $2.5 million range scheduled for the 2017 NHC Final in Las Vegas.

To enter the local qualifying event for the NHC, contact Joe Melek by phone at (317) 421-3075.