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US Trotting

US Trotting (12/21/12)

Contact: Dan Leary,

USTA Announces World Harness Handicapping Championship

Free Online Qualifying Series Starting Friday, January 18, 2013 to Host 10 Contests, TrackMaster to Provide Free PPs

COLUMBUS, OH (Dec. 21, 2012) – In conjunction with and the $100,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), which will be held at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 13, 2013, the United States Trotting Association (USTA) announced today that it has created a free, on-line, qualifying series of 10 tournaments to be conducted during January and February. The winner of each qualifier gains a berth ($1,000 value) into the WHHC final at the Meadowlands.

The USTA World Handicapping Championship Online Qualifying Series, which will commence on Friday, Jan. 18, will be conducted on Friday and Saturday nights for five consecutive weekends and will feature 10 different USTA member tracks.

Contestants can register free at starting today at 5 pm, but will be required to enter each week starting on Monday at 9 am (Eastern) to participate in the upcoming weekend’s contests. Entries will be limited to 1,000 for each contest on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Free past performances will be provided for each contest by TrackMaster.

The contest format will be selecting 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 with all selections needing to be submitted prior to post time of the first race. A complete listing of rules and regulations is available at

Following is a schedule with featured racetracks for the USTA 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 formed to create the industry’s ultimate tournament experience. Standardbred Canada will support the project by facilitating the participation of Canadian racing and wagering outlets.

Limited to just 100 spots, 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 ($1000) should enough spots remain as of April 1, 2013. is an online handicapping tournament website that is owned and operated by Ellis Park Race Course in Henderson, Kentucky. 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.

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