NHC Qualifier set for Saturday, Aug. 18

The National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Qualifier is set for Saturday, Aug. 18 and there are still spots available in the contest. The entry fee for the handicapping challenge is $175, which includes Daily Racing Forms, programs, buffet, t-shirt and soft drinks.

Entries are still available for the third annual NHC Qualifier at Indiana Grand Saturday, Aug. 18. The entry fee is $175.

The NHC Qualifier is now in its third season at Indiana Grand. The Qualifier is part of the NHC Tourney trail and is endorsed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) which hosts the final in Las Vegas. The top three players from the qualifier at Indiana Grand will advance to the final, slated for Friday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The final is held at Treasure Island on the Las Vegas strip and drew more than 600 entries in 2018. More than $2.9 million is awarded in prize money during the contest.

The NHC Qualifier winner from Indiana Grand in 2016 was Gary Russell of the Columbus, Ohio area. Russell advanced to the final day of competition. The 2017 winner was Scott Ksionzyk of Canada. Indiana Grand’s qualifier drew 66 entries during the inaugural year with 103 in the 2017 qualifier. So far, a total of 66 players have signed up to play in the 2018 qualifier.

Entries will be accepted up until the start of the contest Saturday, Aug. 18. Check-in and registration begins at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse Dining at Indiana Grand, which is on the second floor of the racing building. Individuals may elect to purchase a second entry for $150. Players are limited to two entries apiece and the contest is limited to 125 entries total.

Players begin with a mythical bankroll of $48. The NHC Qualifier at Indiana Grand will consist of at least 21 races from Saratoga, Del Mar and five mandatory races from Indiana Grand. Players must play in 12 races during the contest. Wagers are $2 to win and $2 place on one horse per race with a payoff cap of 20-1 ($42.00) for win and 10-1 payoff cap ($22.00) for place.

The player with the highest amassed bankroll at the end of the contest, which extends from 4p.m. until 9:30 p.m. will be declared the overall winner. The top three finishers will receive a trophy in addition to airfare, hotel accommodations and entry fees into the NHC final in Vegas.

All players participating in the Indiana Grand NHC qualifier must be a member of the NHC through the NTRA website. NHC tour points will be awarded to those who participate in Indiana Grand’s qualifier.

For more information on the NHC Qualifier at Indiana Grand or to sign up, contact Joe Melek at (317) 421-3075 or via email at joe.melek@indy-grand.com.