Bally's To Host '04 Handicapping Championship

Bally's Las Vegas will host the $212,000 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship for the second consecutive year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday. The Championship, now in its fifth year overall, is slated for January 23-24, 2004.

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.

More than forty NTRA members (tracks, OTBs and related Web sites) will send at least 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,

Also participating will be the defending champion, Steve Wolfson Jr., a 35-year-old high school teacher from Holly Hill, Fla. Wolfson won the top prize of $100,000 last year and special recognition as "Handicapper of the Year" at the Eclipse Awards ceremony held in Beverly Hills, Calif..

"Bally's is proud to host the National Handicapping Championship once again," said John Avello, Director of Operations for Race and Sports at Bally's Las Vegas. "This event is where every serious tournament player wants to be come January, and we look forward to yet another memorable competition."