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Free TrackMaster link - handicapping champs

09:58 PM 16 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances are available for the first in a series of 10 free, online qualifying harness racing contests for the $100,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

For complete information, to enter the first weekend’s contests, and to get a link to free past performances on the TrackMaster website for the complete 12-race card at the Meadowlands on Friday, please visit www.HorseTourneys.com .

The link to free TrackMaster past performances will be posted at HorseTourneys.com two days before each contest. Check each contest page on that site for the time that selections can be made.

Entries for each contest are limited to 1,000. Both contests for opening weekend, which also includes Balmoral Park on Saturday night, are nearly full. Free TrackMaster past performances for Saturday’s contest will be available on Thursday.

The USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Free, Online Qualifying Series consists of 10 tournaments that will be conducted during January and February over five consecutive weekends and will involve handicapping races at 10 different USTA member racetracks. The winner of each qualifier gains a berth ($1,000 value) into the WHHC final at the Meadowlands.

Contestants will be required to enter each week, starting at 9 a.m. on Monday morning for the upcoming weekend’s contests and can participate in any or all contests. Entries for contest numbers three and four, for Maywood Park on Friday, Jan. 25 and Cal Expo on Saturday, Jan. 26, will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Individual qualifier winners are only eligible for one entry into the finals at the Meadowlands in April.

In each contest, contestants must select one horse and an alternate, in case of a late scratch, for a $2 Win-Place wager on each race at the featured track that evening. In the case of both selections being scratched, the contestant will receive the post-time favorite. All selections must to be submitted prior to post time of the first race. A complete listing of rules and regulations is available at www.HorseTourneys.com.

Following is a schedule with featured racetracks for the USTA Free, Online WHHC Qualifying Series:

Date              Track

Fri. Jan. 18     Meadowlands

Sat. Jan. 19    Balmoral Park

Fri. Jan. 25     Maywood Park

Sat. Jan. 26    Cal Expo

Fri. Feb. 1       The Meadows

Sat. Feb. 2      Yonkers Raceway

Fri. Feb. 8       Northfield Park

Sat. Feb. 9      Pompano Park

Fri. Feb. 15     Northville Downs

Sat. Feb 16     Buffalo Raceway

The 2013 World Harness Handicapping Championship, which will bring together horseplayers from across North America to compete for $100,000 in prize money, marks a new partnership between the Meadowlands and the USTA. It was formed to create the industry’s ultimate handicapping tournament experience. Standardbred Canada will support the project by facilitating the participation of Canadian racing and wagering outlets.

Limited to just 100 entrants, the WHHC will be held as a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception and warm-up event the evening prior. Players may earn a seat in the WHHC through a qualifying event or through direct buy-in ($1,000) should enough spots remain as of April 1, 2013.

HorseTourneys.com is an online handicapping tournament website that is owned and operated by Ellis Park Race Course in Henderson, Ky. HorseTourneys.com offers handicappers the opportunity to qualify to horse racing's major handicapping contest programs, including the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, Horse Player World Series, World Harness Handicapping Championship, The BIG One at Ellis Park and several other major handicapping tournaments at racetracks and casinos around the country.

by Dan LEARY

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