"Each year the Claiming Crown presents one of the most challenging and competitive race cards anywhere, with horses shipping to Minnesota from coast to coast," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of marketing and industry relations for the NTRA. "This makes it an ideal stage for a handicapping contest, accessible to all, that will increase fan participation in the 2003 Claiming Crown and culminate in the nation's most prestigious handicapping competition next January in Las Vegas."
Registration is now open for the 2003 Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest at www.ntra.com. The contest, keyed to the July 19 Claiming Crown Day card at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., challenges handicappers to pick one horse in each of the 11 live races run that day. The four entrants with the highest total pari-mutuel return -- based on a mythical $2 win and place wager on each horse selected -- will receive berths in the $212,000 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at Bally's Las Vegas. The Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, now in its fifth year, is slated for January 23-24, 2004 and awards a grand prize of $100,000 -- plus the title of "Handicapper of the Year" -- to the winner. Round-trip airfare to Las Vegas and accommodations at Bally's are included with the Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest prize. The Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest will be open for selections shortly after entries are taken for the 2003 Claiming Crown on July 16, and remain open until 1:00 p.m. (ET) on July 19. Entries are limited to one per person. There is also a limit of one entry per valid e-mail address. For complete rules, visit ntra.com.