Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas — host of the $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) on January 29-30, 2010 — will host the second annual “Red Rock Shootout” on Sunday, January 31. The handicapping tournament again serves as the new year’s first NHC Tour event.
The Red Rock Shootout is a one-day tournament that will carry an entry fee of $100 and have a limit of one entry per person. All contest entry fees will be returned to participants in the form of prize payouts to the top five finishers on a 50%-20%-15%-10%-5% basis. The top two finishers will also receive qualifying spots to the 2011 NHC. Top finishers will also be awarded points as part of the 2010 NHC Tour.
All players must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the Red Rock Shootout. Contestants must make eight mythical $2 win and place wagers from available contest tracks. Four plays can be made at the player’s choosing from available tracks, and four will be made on designated mandatory races. For official rules or additional information, please contact Jason McCormick of Red Rock at 702-797-7798.
“The ‘Red Rock Shootout’ gets the NHC contest year off to a running start, coming right on the heels of the million-dollar NHC finals,” said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of the NTRA. “The Red Rock Shootout affords NHC participants and spectators, alike, a fun and convenient opportunity to qualify for NHC XII in January 2011.”
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 racebooks, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping Web sites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. This year, more than 100,000 people are expected to attempt to qualify for the 2010 NHC at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.
The NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. Participants must pay an annual $125 registration fee. Tour members then receive NHC Tour points for top finishes in NHC qualifying events held during the year. Additional benefits for NHC Tour members include automatic enrollment in the Horseplayers’ Coalition. The Coalition seeks legislative and regulatory solutions to tax and business issues that impact pari-mutuel racetracks and their customers and provides grass roots support for the NTRA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Tour members also are automatically eligible to participate in NTRA Advantage, offering preferred pricing on products and services from leading suppliers, including John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, OfficeDepot, UPS and Toshiba.
The AAA four-diamond rated Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa is located 10 miles west of the Strip in Las Vegas and features more than 800 guest rooms, a spa, an array of gaming, 10 restaurants and entertainment offerings including Red Rock Lanes and a 16-screen movie theatre. To learn more about Red Rock visit www.redrocklasvegas.com.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests consisting of leading thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and Rye Brook, N.Y. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA web site, NTRA.com.