The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced the schedule for the 2021 Handicapping Challenge series, anchored by the two-day Belmont Stakes Challenge, scheduled for June 4-5.
Register for the online contest is available via NYRA Bets. The leaderboard for all of these contests will be posted throughout the day on America's Day at the Races, the national telecast produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports.
In order to enter and play online, contestants must be registered NYRA Bets account holders. To learn more, visit www.NYRA.com/challenge.
Entrants for the two-day Belmont Stakes Challenge will compete for one seat to the 2022 Belmont Stakes Challenge, four seats to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) and two seats to the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC).
The 2021 Belmont Stakes Challenge has an entry fee of $10,000, of which $2,500 will go directly to the prize pool, with the remaining $7,500 comprising each participants' bankroll. Eligible tournament races at Belmont Park will start Friday, June 4, and end with the 153rd running of the Belmont S. June 5. Contest players can make win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta wagers.
Online registration for the Belmont Stakes Challenge will open in May.
Over the course of the 2021 season, NYRA will offer six NYRA Bets live-money handicapping challenges featuring a $3,000 buy-in with each event offering cash prizes, a seat in another 2021 $3,000 NYRA Bets contest and two 2022 NHC seats.
The handicapping challenges will kick off Saturday, Mar. 6 with the Gotham Challenge. The GIII Gotham S. provides 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers.
The $3,000 NYRA Bets handicapping challenge series:
Saturday, Mar. 6 – Gotham Challenge
Saturday, Apr. 3 – Wood Memorial Challenge
Saturday, July 3 – Stars & Stripes Challenge
Saturday, Aug. 7 – Whitney Challenge
Saturday, Sept. 4 – Woodward Challenge
Saturday, Dec. 4 – Cigar Mile Challenge
Each Saturday throughout the racing season–with the exception of the NYRA Bets challenge series dates and also May 1, May 15, and Nov. 6 –NYRA Bets will offer a $300 live-money handicapping challenge. The NYRA Bets $300 live-money handicapping challenge ($200 live bankroll / $100 prize pool) offers cash prizes to the top seven finishers, while players that land eighth through 10th in the standings will receive an entry in next week's contest ($300 value).
For more information, visit www.nyrabets.com.