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.