NHC Charity Challenge Has Field Of 60 For 2021 Edition

While the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Caesars Entertainment, and Bally’s Las Vegas will crown the best handicapper in the sport, industry accolades will be on the line as a cross-section of notable journalists, analysts, and personalities compete in today’s NTRA NHC Charity Challenge presented by Four Roses Bourbon.

A field of approximately 60 are slated to compete for the $5,000 charitable prize pool with $2,500 set to be donated in the winner’s name to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the other $2,500 going to the winner’s charity of choice.

Defending Charity Challenge winner Jude Feld will attempt a title defense and every past winner is expected to participate. The past Charity Challenge champions are Dawn Lupul (2019), Ed DeRosa (2018), Ellis Starr (2017), Matt Bernier (2016), and Bob Neumeier (2015).

This year’s complete field, in alphabetical order, with affiliation:

Pete Aiello, track announcer, Gulfstream Park

Frank Angst, features editor, BloodHorse

Jeremy Balan, content editor, TwinSpires.com

Matt Bernier, racing analyst, NBC Sports / In The Money Media

Christina Blacker, host and analyst, TVG

Brian Blessing, radio host, Sportsbook Radio / Vegas Hockey Hotline

Michael Blowen, Old Friends Farm

Mike Brunker, assistant city editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Steve Byk, radio host, At the Races with Steve Byk

Zoe Cadman, host and analyst, XBTV.com / Santa Anita Park

Michael Canale, DraftKings

Matt Carothers, host and analyst, TVG

Frank Carulli, professional gambler and former racing analyst

Joe Clancy, ST Publishing

Sean Clancy, ST Publishing

Ed DeRosa, director of marketing, TwinSpires.com / racing analyst, Churchill Downs

Matt Dinerman, track announcer, Golden Gate Fields

Ramon Dominguez, Hall of Fame jockey, broadcaster

Bob Ehalt, freelance writer

Chris “The Bear” Fallica, research producer, College GameDay

Ahmed Fareed, national studio and event host, NBC Sports

Jude Feld, broadcaster and writer, PopeJude.com / Horse Racing Radio Network

Gabby Gaudet, racing analyst and reporter, TVG

Robert Geller, track announcer, Woodbine Entertainment

Jamie Haydon, president, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

Scott Hazelton, host and reporter, TVG

G.D. Hieronymus, retired racetrack video production legend

John Hernandez, track handicapper, Prairie Meadows

Jonathon Kinchen, racing analyst, NYRA / FOX Sports / In the Money Media

Joe Kristufek, racing analyst, Churchill Downs / Fair Grounds

Tom Law, ST Publishing

David Levitch, basketball coach and handicapper, TheHorseCapper.com

Dawn Lupul, holistic health coach and handicapper

Pete Macheska, executive director, FOX Sports

Paul Matties, professional horseplayer, 2016 NHC champion

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner, Gallery Furniture

Jimmy McNerney, track announcer, Ellis Park

Seth Merrow, host, Capital OTB

Jim Miller, director of publicity and on-air analyst, Hawthorne Race Course

Frank Mirahmadi, track announcer, Santa Anita Park / Monmouth Park

Bob Neumeier, retired sports broadcaster

Joe Nevills, bloodstock editor, The Paulick Report

Ron Nicoletti, handicapper, Gulfstream Park

Eddie Olczyk, NHL Lead Analyst, Turner Sports / racing analyst, NBC Sports

Ray Paulick, founder and editor, The Paulick Report

Rich Perloff, host and analyst, TVG

Samantha Perry, handicapper, Monmouth Park

Jay Privman, national correspondent, Daily Racing Form

Sheri Riddoch, handicapper, Woodbine Entertainment

Peter Rotondo, father and bon vivant

Matt Rybaltowski, sports betting reporter, Sports Handle / US Bets / Forbes

Spa Infield Goose, waterfowl and Twitter influencer

Todd Schrupp, host and analyst, TVG

Brian Spencer, handicapper

Ellis Starr, handicapper, Equibase

Vic Stauffer, track announcer, Oaklawn Park

Dan Tordjman, correspondent, America’s Best Racing

Dave Weaver, racing analyst, TVG

Similar to the NHC format, players will select one horse to Win and Place in eight races using a “Pick and Pray” format. All selections are due Saturday morning and any scratches will result in the player being assigned the post-time favorite. The player with the highest hypothetical bankroll after the final contest race will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, there will be no playoff; the donations will be split among the winners.

In addition to the charitable prize, Breeders’ Cup is offering a $500 credit to the winner’s HorsePlayers.com account. The second-place finisher will get a $250 credit with third earning a $100 credit.

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