Registration is now open for the spring session of the Maryland Jockey Club's Champions Handicapping Tournament scheduled to be held Saturday, March 16 in the second-floor clubhouse sports bar at Laurel Park.
Berths to the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championship (NHC), Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and BIG ONE tournaments are on the line, as well as more than $33,000 in guaranteed prize money among the top 10 finishers.
A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted at a cost of $300 each, covering the $100 entry fee and $200 bankroll. The Champions Tournament will be capped at 300 entries.
The tournament winner will have their choice of one of two berths to the NHC or a berth in the BCBC or BIG ONE. The second-place finisher has the choice of one of the remaining three berths, the third-place finisher has the choice of the final two berths, and the fourth-place finisher will receive the remaining berth.
Tracks available for the tournament are Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, Tampa Bay Downs and Santa Anita Park through Race 6, with no mandatory races. The minimum wager is $20.
Brian Conley of Columbia, Md. was a narrow winner of last year's spring Champions Tournament with a final bankroll of $2,192, edging Coleen Curley of Raleigh, N.C. ($2,188).
For a registration form or further information, email Diana Harbaugh at [email protected] before noon Friday, March 15 or visitwww.laurelpark.com/handicapping/champions-tournament. Registration by credit card can be done by calling 301-470-5432 before noon March 15.
The BIG ONE takes place Sept. 21-22 at Laurel Park, while the BCBC will be Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita and the next NHC is held February 2020 in Las Vegas.
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