Handicapping Tourney Returns to Red Rock

from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association

The $1-million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will return to the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas next year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said.

The 10th championship is scheduled for Jan. 23-24, 2009. The Red Rock is the official hotel of the NTRA.

“We are delighted to return the National Handicapping Championship to the beautiful Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa,” said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of communications and industry relations for the NTRA. “Last year’s event was the best NHC ever, and the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Red Rock staff was apparent throughout the competition.”

“We were proud to host the first-ever million-dollar NHC this past January,” said Art Manteris, vice president of race and sports operations for Station Casinos Inc. “I think the NTRA, DRF, and the 278 competitors came away with a favorable impression of our property and our highly trained staff at Red Rock, and we look forward to providing another outstanding experience next January.”

The Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities, and horse racing and handicapping Web sites, each of which sends its top three qualifiers to the national finals. This year, more than 100,000 people are expected to attempt to qualify for the 2009 contest.

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