Handicapping Contests Saturday Offer Opportunity

The free-to-enter Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest is just one of three opportunities for players to use their handicapping acumen for additional gain on Saturday. R2K will use the Del Mar card that begins at 4pm and features the Shared Belief Stakes, a Derby prep add-on as we head toward the September 5th Run For The Roses. Players select one horse in each race and earn points based on mutuel payoffs. Best scores earn cash. This giveaway takes place weekly in the Racebook.

The ongoing Dog Days Super Satellites on Saturday offer a chance to advance to a Sept. 6 Satellite and then to the Dog Days event itself. Entry fee to the Super is $10 per track. Contest tracks are Saratoga, Gulfstream and Del Mar, using the first eight races at each.

An immediate entry to the 24th annual Dog Days of Summer Handicapping Tournament can be won in The Lost Spring Satellite. The entry fee to this is $100 with one player for each five entries winning a $550 entry to the Dog Days on Sept. 12-13 which feeds to the $3 million National Horseplayers Championship.  The Lost Spring format is selecting one horse in each of 10 mandatory races and making one of the selections worth double points. Points are earned based on across-the-board payouts. Again there will be one winner for each five entries.  Click above to see the rules and the races.

Test Your Handicapping Skills in Upcoming Contests

The final installment of the 2019 Countdown To The Cup Handicapping Contest is Saturday, Oct. 19. The free-to-enter contest awards Breeders’ Cup betting bankroll prizes to the players with the five top scores.  The contest track will be Keeneland with a noon entry deadline. There are very minimal betting requirements to obtain the full prize payout, but you have to be at the Canterbury Park Racebook to enter and when here you bet. Simple.

Select a horse in each Keeneland race and receive points based on pari-mutuel payouts. Best scores win.

There also is one final super satellite session, Oct. 17 – 19, to win an entry to the Hawthorne Handicapping Challenge Satellite Contest on Oct. 26. The super satellites cost $10 daily to enter and each day there are three contest tracks to choose from. Entrants can up to three times per week. Score based on pari-mutuel payouts in each of the eight contest races. The top individual-day scores, and one player for each five entries wins, advance to the Oct. 26 Satellite.

On Oct. 26 entrants can also buy-in for $50. The Oct. 26 first place winner receives $800 in entry fees (live banrolls) to the Hawthorne Fall NHC Qualifier on November 29-30 at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago, plus a $50 NHC Tour registration fee and $500 for travel.

Hawthorne will award a total of eight National Horseplayer Championship entries in two live-bankroll betting contests held Nov. 29 & 30. Plus the winner of each day receives the One Million Dollar NHC Bonus.

In the Oct. 26 contest at Canterbury, players will select one horse in eight contest races (choosing from races at Keeneland and the first six races at Hawthorne) and will earn points based on the mutuel payoff of each selection based on a mythical $20 across-the-board wager. Points are capped as follows: $600 win; $400; place; $200 show.

One player for each 27 entries in the satellite will win an entry to the Hawthorne Fall NHC Qualifier.

There is always a contest going on in the Racebook. On Oct. 24, super satellites awarding entry to the Horse Player Worlds Series Freeze Out Satellite on Dec. 28 begin.  Supers are offered each Thursday through Saturday. Entry fee is $10. Scoring is based on across-the-board payouts on selections in eight contest races.  One player for each 10 entrants receives a $100 entry to the Dec. 28 event that will send players to Las Vegas for the HPWS at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Holiday Racing Monday / Keeneland Continues Wednesday

The Monday, Oct. 9, simulcast schedule, bolstered for the holiday, includes racing from Belmont Park as well as Santa Anita.  The thoroughbred schedule is below.

Keeneland’s Fall Meet began Friday and continues Wednesday with an eight-race card beginning at 12:05. The feature of the day is the $150,000 G3 Jessamine Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16th miles on the turf. This ‘Win and You’re In’ stake race will certainly propel horses to the Breeders’ Cup.

Local owners Barry and Joni Butzow of Eden Prairie entered a filly to the Jessamine but will need a defection to get in the starting gate as the field is limited to 14 and She’s All Skeet is the 15th filly and first on the Also-Eligible list. The daughter of Trappe Shot won a $126,000 maiden race at Kentucky Downs Sept. 14 in her second career start at odds of 19 to 1.





11:55 AM Belmont Park

11:55 AM Parx

12:00 PM Woodbine

12:10 PM Finger Lakes

12:10 PM Laurel Park

12:15 PM Delaware Park

12:15 PM Gulfstream West

12:40 PM Thistledown

1:10 PM Zia Park

2:00 PM Portland Meadows

2:30 PM Santa Anita

6:00 PM Mountaineer

7:00 PM Australian Racing B

8:00 PM Australian Racing A

8:01 PM Australian Racing C

Horse Player World Series Satellite

HPWS_NoCClogo_2013Canterbury Park may not have live racing for another six months, but the money making opportunities still abound in the clubhouse during the off-season. Many reading this blog have probably at least SEEN an advertisement for a handicapping contest of some sort. They come in several shapes, sizes, and formats but to the victor or victress the spoils are usually nothing to scoff at. This Saturday’s Horse Player World Series Satellite is no exception as the lucky handicapper on top of the final standings has three months to prepare for a trip to The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Orleans will host the Horse Player World Series in March and already has three Satellite winners headed its way from Canterbury. How to add your name to the list? Here’s how the contest works: Saturday morning until 3:00 PM, any player may register at the Clubhouse Information Booth. The contest’s entry fee is $140 total, with $100 being the actual entry and $40 used for a 10-race bankroll. Fire away, as up to four entries can be played in this contest and up to two HPWS entries may be won. Even those ending up out of the top few still keep monies won throughout the contest. The number of winners in the Satellite is determined by number of entries – One winner per 20 entries.

A contestant may play any race at any track, but each wager must be a $2 Win/Place bet on ONE horse. Any winnings from each wager is shown on the player’s balance but may not be used to make additional wagers — $40/$4 per race is everyone’s bankroll. Bets may only be placed at self-service machines and not with tellers using tournament cards. These cards are used in very similar fashion to MVP cards and come with instructions for use. The cards (as opposed to paper entries in Super Satellites) allow entrants to bet race-by-race as opposed to making all selections before a first-post time. The balances/standings are also shown on TV channel 22 for those interested in tracking their competition… and why wouldn’t you?

There are endless approaches to these contests, but nothing gives a player a leg up quite like experience. Several regular players of the Super Satellites and other contests offered will surely be in the mix on Saturday, but do not hesitate to test beginner’s luck in this sort of setting. A few had opinions to offer up when questioned what they factor in above all else when playing Satellites:

Bruce “The Oracle” Meyer (2011 and 2012 Handicapper of the Year) – “Make wagers in proper order – No playing a horse below 20-1 until you hit one. You can play defense later and stave off anyone trying to catch you, but if you never even hit that top spot once you have no chance. I usually don’t have a favorite in my plans until the last or second-to-last play.”

Tom Anderson (3rd, 2010 National Handicapping Championship) – “Don’t stick to one track. You have to find at least two winners over 10-1, and some days the track you play is going to be chalky. Find the prices wherever you can. The advantage you have at looking at a track you may not always play is that you may not throw out the longshot that the regular players of that track do. I usually play fields of 10 or larger, just because of the options. You can’t play horses that you would spend your money on every day. The winners are going to have the impossible bombs.”

Jason Ige (Weekend Warrior) – “Well first, I check to see if Bruce Meyer is in the contest. I then find out his & Jeff Maday’s contender groups in any given race and throw those ten names into a hat.”

Whatever strategy suits you, don’t forget to register to play this Saturday’s satellite and good luck!