Calder Race Course (July 10 and Nov. 25-27)
Churchill Downs (Aug. 20)
Ellis Park (Nov. 5)
Fair Grounds (Dec. 3-4)
Hollywood Park (Nov. 25-27)
Hoosier Park (July 2)"There is tremendous buzz surrounding the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship amongst serious horseplayers," CDI director of marketing Jeremy Clemons said in a release. "The 'Million Dollar Bonus Tour' will tie our contests together in a way that provides an extremely exciting and lucrative opportunity for our contest winners."
In all, 214 finalists competed in the 2005 NHC, having qualified in one of 92 tournaments held by 57 racetracks, off-track betting facilities, casinos, Web sites, and equine-related organizations in 2004. The 2005 winner, James Michelson Jr. of West Bloomfield, Mich., won $200,000. Twin Spires Club qualifier Michael Conway of Glencoe, Ill., finished second. The Twin Spires Club Team captured the team portion of the 2005 contest and netted $5,000 for each of its three members.