DerbyWars is pleased to announce that future NHC Qualifiers hosted on the industry’s premier digital handicapping contest platform will now award players NHC Tour points and two NHC seats per contest. The change will go into effect starting on Saturday, August 24, coinciding with Travers Day from Saratoga.
“Offering NHC Tour points is an important element for many players trying to qualify for the NHC on DerbyWars,” noted Mark Midland, CEO and Co-founder of DerbyWars. “After listening to feedback from our valued DerbyWars customers, we are excited to offer NHC Tour points starting immediately.”
The first DerbyWars NHC Qualifier eligible for NHC Tour points is scheduled for Saturday, August 24. That contest will also be the first such tournament on DerbyWars to award NHC seats and travel packages to the top two finishers. The current NTRA policy is the only award NHC Tour points to qualifying contests offering multiple seats to the NHC.
The DerbyWars NHC Qualifier format will be altered slightly to accommodate expected demand and support the altered prize structure. The August 24 DerbyWars NHC Qualifier will field 21 players for the contest, with each spot earned through successful completion of a DerbyWars NHC Prequalifier. Prequalifying events will be held daily on DerbyWars; contest formats will vary.
DerbyWars NHC Qualifiers will go on hiatus on Saturday, August 17, in advance of the revamped qualifying format, and will resume on a biweekly basis.
The NHC will be held at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 24-26, 2014. The tournament will feature a prize pool of over $1.5 million. All contest players must be members of the NHC Tour to win a spot in the NHC tournament. Players may sign up for the NHC Tour using the following URL: http://www.ntra.com/en/nhc/become-a-member/
DerbyWars is a revolutionary digital handicapping contest platform for horse racing. Handicappers have the opportunity to win real money participating in daily cash contests, all in a fun and easy online tournament setting. Players can sign up for free at www.DerbyWars.com and will receive 1,000 mythical points to start playing. Popular tournament formats include $2 win-place bankroll and show survivor; tournament environments range from head-to-head competitions to contests consisting of over 100 players. DerbyWars was designed and built by the team behind www.HorseRacingNation.com.
In its 15th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers. There are no “buy-in” entries at the NHC. It is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino racebooks, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. The 14 NHC Champions since the event’s inception, in chronological order, are Steven Walker, Judy Wagner, Herman Miller, Steve Wolfson Jr., Kent Meyer, Jamie Michelson, Ron Rippey, Stanley Bavlish, Richard Goodall, John Conte, Brian Troop, John Doyle, Michael Beychok and Jim Benes.