The USTA, in conjunction with www.HorseTourneys.com, will conduct a free, on-line, qualifying series of 10 tournaments over five consecutive weekends during January and February that will feature 10 different USTA member tracks.
The winner of each qualifier gains a berth ($800 value) into the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) final at the Meadowlands on April 19, 2014.
First prize in the WHHC final is $24,000 with payouts to the top 10 finishers. For more information, visit the Meadowlands website at www.meadowlandsracetrack.com.
Last year's WHHC winner Jeff Klahr was a qualifier from a USTA online contest.
Each qualifying contest will be limited to 12 races and the wagering format will be a $2 win and place bet on each selection.
Contestants can register for free at www.HorseTourneys.com and enter each contest individually starting on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m., a week before the first contest.
Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances for each contest will be available at www.HorseTourneys.com approximately 48 hours before each contest.
Check www.ustrotting.com for regular updates.
Following is the schedule of the 2014 USTA online qualifiers for the WHHC.
2014 WHHC Online Qualifiers
Date Track First Post (Eastern time)
Thursday, Jan. 30 Northfield Park 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 The Meadows 6:55 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7 Meadowlands 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8 Yonkers 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13 Dover Downs 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15 Cal Expo 8:45 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 Buffalo Raceway 6:40 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 Pompano Park 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28 Maywood Park 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 Balmoral Park 8:10 p.m.
by Dan Leary for the USTA Communications Department