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Keeneland Handicappers Take On Ultimate Challenge This Weekend

February 9, 2018

Good Luck to the 27 horseplayers from Keeneland who are among the 570 handicappers in Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the 19th NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens™ and Treasure Island Las Vegas. The winner of the three-day tournament, Friday to Sunday at Treasure Island, will receive $800,000 and an Eclipse Award as “Horseplayer of the Year.” 

The NHC is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned contests at race tracks – including qualifying events held during the Spring and Fall Meets at Keeneland – along with casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifier to the national finals.

“We are very grateful to so many horseplayers and participating organizations throughout the industry for their help making the NHC a singular event that represents the ultimate prize for horseplayers,” NTRA Chief Operating Officer and NHC Tournament Director Keith Chamblin said.

The tournament format is designed to test overall handicapping ability. Players attempt to earn the highest possible bankroll based on mythical $2 win and place wagers. Assigned mandatory races also are included.

The NHC field will be reduced to the top 10 percent of players after the first two days. The highest 10 cumulative scores after the semifinal round will fill out the Final Table. Bankrolls amassed during Day 1, Day 2 and the semifinal round will roll over to the Final Table, with the 10 finalists settling the NHC score in seven mandatory assigned races. 

Players who do not make the semifinal cut will still compete on Day 3 in a separate consolation tournament. 

A full scoreboard will be updated regularly here, where fans and players also will find each day’s contest race menu and news updates.