DRF/NTRA Handicapping Challenge Rules

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Keeneland Handicapping Challenge, Saturday, December 7, 2013



  • Contestants must be at least 21 years old.
  • Entry fee will be $150 per person with a maximum of three (3) entries. 
  • There will be a limit of 350 total entries.
  • Registration is available online, by mail, or by walk-in (if the tournament is not sold out).
  • Online registration with payment by PayPal or credit card is available at the following website:  www.keeneland.com/simulcast/drf
  • All mail-in entries must be received by Wednesday, December 4, accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of the entry fee(s).  The mailing address is:  Keeneland Association, Inc., ATTN: Handicapping Challenge, P.O. Box 1690, Lexington, KY 40588.
  • Walk-in entries will be accepted through 3:00 p.m. (ET), Friday, December 6, at the Information Window or Keeneland’s General Offices located at 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY.
  • Entries will also be accepted at the Hospitality Party between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6.
  • On Saturday, December 7, if space is available, walk-in entries will be accepted beginning at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the Registration Desk for the tournament, located near the Equestrian Room on the first floor.
  • Entries for this contest will not be taken after 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, December 7.
  • Players must place all wagers personally.  No person shall directly or indirectly act as an intermediary, transmitter or agent in placing wagers for the player.
  • ATTENTION NHC TOUR MEMBERSIt is the NHC Tour Member’s responsibility to notify Keeneland that he or she is a member of the tour.  The official entry form provides space for your NHC Tour pin number.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  In order to compete for the three entries to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Challenge, the contestant must be a registered member of the NHC Tour prior to the beginning of the contest.  The annual fee for the NHC Tour is $50, and must be paid directly to the NHC Tour.  For more information, please visit www.nhctour.com or call the NTRA at 859-422-2657.  If the contestant is not a member of the tour, he or she may participate for prize money only, and must sign a waiver prior to the beginning of the contest.  The membership is valid for the calendar year 2013.



  • Guests who do not participate in the contest will be charged a $20.00 admission fee which includes the buffet lunch and simulcast program.
  • Keeneland is a non-smoking facility. 
  • Due to the size of the areas used for the handicapping tournament, it may be necessary for participants to share tables.
  • Owners and trainers with an interest in a horse entered in any of the races designated as part of the contest will be ineligible to wager on such races.  If an owner or trainer has an interest in an entry, you must identify yourself to the contest coordinator who will determine if the interest precludes you from wagering. 
  • Keeneland employees, mutuel clerks and employees of United Tote and Turf Catering are ineligible to participate.
  • Employees and officers of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association or Daily Racing Form are not eligible to qualify for the DRF/NTRA Handicapping Championship, but may participate in this contest for the cash prize only, with no additional compensation if unable to participate in the DRF/NTRA Handicapping Championship contest in 2014.
  • The official scheduled post time will be determined as published by the Daily Racing Form.
  • There is a 20-1 “cap” on the win wager ($42 maximum payoff) and a 10-1 “cap” on the place wager (maximum $22 payoff).



  • The contest will consist of fifteen (15) different races OF THE PLAYER’S CHOICE, with a scheduled post time up to and including 6:00 p.m. (ET), from five (5) designated racetracks simulcast at Keeneland Saturday, December 7, 2013. THERE WILL BE NO “MANDATORY” OR “DESIGNATED” RACES.
  • No race can be used twice with the same contestant identification number.



  • The list of five (5) racetracks will be posted on the website and available at the Information Window on the second floor of the grandstand by noon, Wednesday, December 4, 2013.



  • If a Late Scratch occurs or a horse is declared a “non-starter” or running for “purse only” in any contest race, the contestant must return to a Contest Only Wager window to cancel the ticket and select another horse for that race.  If a Late Scratch occurs or a horse is declared a “non-starter” or running for “purse only” and post time prevents the selection of an alternate horse, the actual post time favorite will be substituted for the scratched horse.
  • The post time favorite is determined by the Win Pool at the host track.



  • Each contestant will be limited to one mythical $2 win wager and one mythical $2 place wager in each contest race.  Both wagers must be on the same horse. 
  • Contestants will be assigned an encoded identification card.  
  •  Official standings are based on “Winnings” only.
  • Please keep your contest mutuel tickets until the final standings have been declared official. 
  • Once you leave the Contest Mutuel Window, no changes in your selection may be made, except in case of an identification number error, a late scratch, or a race being moved off the turf.  If a mistake is made on the contest ticket, you must return to the same Contest Only Window and exchange it before the race is closed.
  • Contestants are responsible for checking the accuracy of their tote ticket BEFORE leaving the window.  Discrepancies should be corrected immediately. Any further discrepancies should be brought to the attention of the tournament director immediately.



  • In the event of a tote failure, power outage or other disrupting event, the contest coordinator may utilize a contingency plan for placing contest wagers.
  • Contestants will be given duplicate betting slips whereupon they will write their contest card number, the track at which they are wagering, the race number, and the number of their selection. The player will deposit one copy of this slip into the box situated near the Lafayette Room, labeled with the racetrack where the wager has been placed, before the “off” time of the race on which they wagered and keep the other one as a record of the wager. At “off time,” the box will be collected by a member of the contest staff and no further wagers on that race will be taken.
  • If this procedure is utilized, United Tote personnel will enter the wagering information manually, and that process will be monitored by the contest coordinator and track management.



In the event of a tie, based on total winnings, the prize for that place and the following place shall be totaled and divided equally between the tied players.  In the event of a tie for one of the top three finalists, the following will be determined only to break a tie to make the team to go to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

A.The highest total pari-mutuel return in any one race.

B.The second highest pari-mutuel return in any one race.

C.The third highest pari-mutuel return in any one race.

D.Continue with the fourth highest, fifth, sixth, etc to the twelfth highest pari-mutuel return.

E.In the event a tie continues after all of the above options have been exhausted, the tied contestants will continue making their selections from races determined by the Tournament Director.



The top three (3) finishers who are members of the NHC Tour and have not already qualified the maximum number of times (2) for the DRF/NTRA National Championship shall win berths to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, in January 2014 (including airfare, hotel and expenses).  If a player qualifies a second time for the NHC, and should he or she have already received travel and hotel awards for the first qualification, the second qualification will earn a complimentary hotel upgrade and resort fee credit for a four-night stay in lieu of additional travel and hotel awards.  If any of the top three cannot accept the trip to Las Vegas, for any reason, the fourth-place finisher shall be the replacement and so forth, until all three berths are filled.  The top three finishers will not be entitled to any further compensation if unable to compete in the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and any expense money disbursed must be returned to Keeneland immediately.  Please see the information regarding joining the NHC Tour in the section above titled Entries. 



Prize funds as published are based on 300 entries but will be adjusted according to the actual number of entries.  Prize monies will be distributed after verification of the results by our United Tote representative and the tournament director.   The tournament director maintains final say over any and all discrepancies.  ALL money-winning contestants will be required to sign W-9 forms. Should technical difficulties occur and additional time is required, checks will be mailed within five business days.  

1st Place:                                  $11,000

2nd Place:                                 $5,500

3rd Place:                                  $3,000

4th Place:                                  $2,000

5th Place:                                  $1,500

6th through 10th Place:              $1,000

11th through 15th Place:            $350

16th through 20th Place:            $250

21st through 25th Place:            $200


To enter the Keeneland Handicapping Challenge by mail, you may print this entry form from your computer. Complete the information on the form (please print) and send it along with a check or money order for $150 per entry (limit three entries per person) to:

            Keeneland Handicapping Challenge

            4201 Versailles Road

            PO Box 1690

            Lexington, KY 40588-1690


Standard Entry Form



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