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BALLY’S TO HOST $212,000 DRF/NTRA NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2003
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Bally’s Las Vegas will host the $212,000 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship for the first time. The Championship, now in its fourth year, is slated for January 17-18, 2003.
The DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship features a series of handicapping tournaments for horseracing fans in local markets. The participants from each local market who qualify for the National Handicapping Championship form the team representing their racetrack or OTB in Las Vegas.
Forty-four NTRA members (tracks, OTBs and related Web sites) will send 51 teams of four to the 2003 National Championship. A continuously updated list of host tracks and OTBs for the tournaments appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and on the Daily Racing Form site, drf.com. The list of participating sites is also published weekly in Daily Racing Form.
Also participating will be the defending champion, Herman Miller, a landscaper from Oakland, Calif. Miller, whose participation brings the total number of competitors to 205, won the top prize of $100,000 last year and special recognition at the Eclipse Awards ceremony held in Miami. In addition, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will again host a separate media tournament for charity. Last year’s media tournament was won by Team Penthouse, a handicapping quintet that included two Penthouse Pets. Team Penthouse will also be back at this year’s event to defend its title.
“Bally’s is delighted to host the National Handicapping Championship for the first time,” said John Avello, director of operations for race and sports at Bally’s Las Vegas. “In just three years, this event has become the unquestioned leader in its field. It’s the event that every serious tournament player sets his sights on, and we look forward to providing a memorable experience at Bally’s.” “Horseplayers fuel our industry, and that’s why we’re so pleased to work with the NTRA and Bally’s to recognize some of our game’s very best customers,” said Steven Crist, chairman and publisher of Daily Racing Form. “With so much prize money and the ‘Handicapper of the Year’ title at stake, the National Handicapping Championship features a uniquely intense and electric atmosphere.”
Bally’s is one of Las Vegas’ most elegant and exciting resorts, offering guests a “Real, Live, Las Vegas experience.” The resort features two 26-story hotel towers, offering 2,814 guest rooms, including 265 suites, 70,000 square feet of casino space, 11 distinctive restaurants, home to one of Las Vegas’ most exciting, longest running production shows, Donn Arden’s “Jubilee!”, 180,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, and 22 unique retail stores in a contemporary-style setting. Bally’s is connected via a walkway to Paris Las Vegas, the newly built 2,916-room hotel/casino that brings the passion, excitement and 'savoir-faire' of Paris to the entertainment capital of the world.
Daily Racing Form, "America's Turf Authority Since 1894," for Thoroughbred racing horseplayers and professionals throughout North America, is the only daily national newspaper in the U.S. dedicated solely to the coverage of a single sport. Purchased in August 1998 by a group of investors led by Alpine Capital Group of New York and Steven Crist, chairman and publisher of the Form, Daily Racing Form provides the most comprehensive news and information about horseracing in the world, printing up to 31 separate editions across the U.S. and Canada, as well its online version at www.drf.com. Daily Racing Form's Formulator software, the most sophisticated handicapping software ever developed, gives DRF online subscribers unprecedented levels of flexibility, versatility and convenience in customizing and manipulating the newspaper's famous past performances on racehorses.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com.
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