Ellis Park

Ellis Park

Tom LaMarra

New Handicapping Contest at Ellis Park in '13

"The Big One" will have an estimated purse of $300,000.

Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., will host a new handicapping contest with an estimated purse of $300,000 over the Labor Day weekend in 2013.

Called "The Big One," the Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2013 contest will mirror the format of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and will award the top 10 finishers qualifying packages to the 2014 NHC, expected to be held in January, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.

According to a release, the $300,000 purse would make it the second-richest handicapping contest on the NHC Tour.

"The Big One" will be limited to 55 total entries, with 50 of those entries available exclusively at HorseTourneys.com, the online handicapping contest site owned and operated by Ellis Park. Up to five buy-in entries will also be made available on a lottery basis for an estimated $10,000 each. Qualifying contests to "The Big One" will begin in January. Players will be limited to one entry per player; however, qualifying packages earned at HorseTourneys.com may be transferred to any individual.

"We're delighted to be back in the on-track contest scene at Ellis Park," said Ron Geary, majority owner of Ellis Park. "We think this becomes a must-stop on the NHC Tour and one of the most sought-after seats of any handicapping contest. We look forward to putting on a first-class production for avid contest players around the country."

Based on the estimated purse of $300,000 (based on 50 entries; the purse would be higher should 55 entries be attained or adjusted down for fewer entries), prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers, or nearly 20 percent of the field. The grand prize is estimated at $120,000.

Players will wager on 30 total races15 per day-—to be designated among 16 mandatory races selected by tournament officials and 14 optional plays of players' choosing among designated simulcast tracks. Payout caps and other rules will be designed to mimic the expected conditions at the NHC.

Details of the qualifying contests at HorseTourneys will be announced soon. More information may be found at the HorseTourneys.com website at www.horsetourneys.com/thebigone.