Daily Racing Form

December 8, 2010                               Contact: Eric Wing (914) 434-3529


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Daily Racing Form (DRF) has extended its title sponsorship of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) and the DRF National Handicapping Championship Tour through the 2012 National Championship. Daily Racing Form has served as title sponsor of the NHC since the event’s inception in 2000. Total purse of the upcoming January 2011 NHC is estimated at $1.1 million, with $500,000 to the winner.  In January 2012, the NHC’s aggregate purse is expected to increase to $2 million, including a grand prize of $1 million. The NHC winner also is recognized as the National Handicapper of the Year at the annual Eclipse Awards honoring Thoroughbred racing’s human and equine Champions.

“We are proud to have played a role in growing the NHC from the $200,000 tournament it started out as in 2000 to the $2 million competition it will be in 2012,” said Daily Racing Form CEO John Hartig. “Our industry must do all it can to recognize and engage the horseplayers, whose wagering dollars fuel virtually every segment of Thoroughbred racing.”

Starting in 2011, participation in the DRF NHC Tour will be mandatory for qualifying tournament contestants wishing to compete in the NHC Finals in Las Vegas.  Players may join the 2011 DRF NHC Tour, which begins January 2 with a free online tournament, for a one-time membership fee of $45. Players may register at NTRA.com. As part of its sponsorship extension, DRF will next year offer an expanded array of benefits to all DRF NHC Tour members.

“Horseplayers have spoken loud and clear about their love for tournament play and the NHC,” added Hartig. “Everyone at Daily Racing Form is excited about the NHC’s plans for purse and participation expansion in the years ahead.”

“We thank Daily Racing Form for its ongoing support of what has rapidly become the richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament in the world,” said NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop.

In just its 12th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship 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 qualifiers to the national finals.

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.

Daily Racing Form, "America's Turf Authority since 1894" for Thoroughbred racing horseplayers and professionals throughout North America, is the Thoroughbred industry's dominant multi-channel media company.  Daily Racing Form's mission is to serve the horseplayer and the industry with complete coverage of Thoroughbred racing, including news, analysis, handicapping and wagering tools, breeding statistics, opinions and industry reports. Launched in Chicago on November 17, 1894, Daily Racing Form is the only daily newspaper in the U.S. dedicated solely to the coverage of a single sport, publishing up to 2,000 unique pages of statistical and editorial copy every day, in as many as 30 daily editions, 364 days a year (with the exception of Christmas Day). Its companion website, www.drf.com, is the most heavily trafficked horseracing destination, providing players with interactive past performances and exclusive handicapping and wagering tools. Daily Racing Form is the nation's largest publisher of individual track's daily Thoroughbred Track Programs and it also serves the Harness racing industry publishing the Daily Harness Program and Harness Eye. Daily Racing Form is a premiere brand within the Sports Information Group LLC (SIG) portfolio, together with sports data and fantasy game companies StatFox and Head2Head.