Kicks Off NHC ‘Season Opener’ Qualifier With Eight Graded Stakes, the new official online qualifying site of the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) and the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), is offering its first NHC qualifier Saturday. The 12-race contest, which begins at 4:12 p.m. ET, includes seven Grade 2 stakes races and concludes with the 66th running of the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Saturday's NHC qualifier will utilize the “Live” format, allowing players to submit picks for each race individually throughout the day. Registration is now open and the entry fee is $165 for the contest that will offer a guaranteed two berths in the NHC and up to five berths in the NHC based on 325 entries.

Equibase, the official data provider of the NHC, will provide complimentary premium past performances for Saturday's contest, which consists of the following races:

April 1, NHC ‘Season Opener' Qualifying Contest Races:

1. Fair Grounds, Race #7, 4:12PM ET
2. Gulfstream Park, #10 (Honey Fox G2), 4:25PM ET
3. Fair Grounds, #8 (New Orleans Hcp. G2), 4:39PM ET
4. Gulfstream Park, #11 (Gulfstream Park Oaks G2), 4:57PM ET
5. Santa Anita, #4, 5:00PM ET
6. Fair Grounds, #9 (Mervin Muniz Mem. G2), 5:06PM ET
7. Gulfstream Park, #12, 5:32PM ET
8. Fair Grounds, #10 (Fair Grounds Oaks G2), 5:41PM ET
9. Gulfstream Park, #13 (Pan American G2), 6:06PM ET
10. Fair Grounds, #11 (Louisiana Derby G2), 6:21PM ET
11. Santa Anita, #7, 6:30PM ET
12. Gulfstream Park, #14 (Florida Derby G1), 6:40PM ET

Several “feeder” contests offering berths to the Saturday contest as prizes are available Friday on for as low as $18 per entry.

NHC Tour membership ($50) is mandatory to be eligible to qualify for the NHC. Online registration for the 2017 NHC Tour is open at is a joint venture between the NTRA – founder, owner, and operator of the NHC and NHC Tour – and the Breeders' Cup, which owns the BCBC. The opening weekend BCBC qualifier on is set for Sunday, offering a minimum of two fully paid $10,000 berths to the BCBC.

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