Handicapping Contests

Handicapping Contests are not new to TwinSpires.com, but TwinSpires contests have been improved! Find our handicapping contests in the promotions library, as well as related information below. This is the next generation of Handicapping Contests with latest odds, live video and fast results. A brand-new interface allows racing fans a new experience to supplement traditional pari-mutuel wagering.

These handicapping contests allow users to combine their handicapping knowledge to an improved interactive and social game experience. Designed for all ranges of horse racing fans, users are able to play in a wide variety of common contests from head to head to large tournament style contests.

As with all products available on the TwinSpires website you can use your single account to play in weekly handicapping contests.


Handicapping Contests Breed Options

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Thoroughbred

Featuring the best thoroughbred racing in the U.S.A. and around the world. Featuring Santa Anita, Gulfstream and more!

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Harness

We'll offer handicapping contests on the best in harness racing including top tracks like Meadowlands.

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Quarter Horse

The fastest athletes in America, and we'll have contests on all the top tracks including Los Alamitos.


National Horseplayers Championship 

"Outside of working at a racetrack, to me, there’s no better experience as a handicapper than going to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)." - Kevin Kilroy

The National Horseplayers Championship is like the World Series of Poker — it’s the most prestigious handicapping event of the year and takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner clears close to $1 million!

A big difference compared to poker tournaments though, is an aspect every NHC participant takes great pride in — you can’t just show up with $10,000 to get a seat. You have to win a tournament to get in. When you do gain access, most hosts pay for your flight and four nights on the Strip. This year’s 2023-2024 NHC will be held March 15-17, 2024.

The NHC format is a mythical $2 win/place bet on your selection, and you score points equivalent to the payout, which rewards backing longshots. In TwinSpires' $2,500 NHC Qualifier Feeder tournaments, it doesn't matter the odds of the horse you like — it’s all about who you like to win.

If your strong suit as a handicapper is picking winners, then this is the tournament for you.


TwinSpires.com NHC Feeder/Qualifier Schedule

  1. Feeder 1: September 30th (Churchill Downs)
  2. Feeder 2: October 7th (Keeneland)
  3. Feeder 3: October 8th (Woodbine)
  4. Feeder 4: October 14th (Keeneland)
  5. Feeder 5: October 21st (Keeneland)
  6. Feeder 6: November 11th (Churchill Downs)
  7. Feeder 7: November 18th (Churchill Downs)
  8. November 25 Qualifier Prize Structure ($5,000 Total Prize Pool, plus NHC Tournament Seats and hotel accommodations)
    1. 1st - $1,500 + NHC Tournament Seat (includes hotel accomodations)  
    2. 2nd - $1,000 + NHC Tournament Seat (includes hotel accomodations) 
    3. 3rd - $700
    4. 4th - $500
    5. 5th - $300 
    6. 6th - 10th - $200

Trip Details:

TwinSpires or a third-party commercial vendor partner will provide the winner with standard hotel accommodations based on double occupancy for four (4) nights from March 14 to March 18, 2024, at the Horseshoe Las Vegas, or such other hotel as TwinSpires or the vendor select.  

Transportation to and from the NHC Championship in Las Vegas is responsibility of winner, and no airfare or ground transportation is included as part of the prize. 

Full details regarding the NTRA/NHC Contest can be found at NHC - NTRA and full terms and conditions for the NHC Tour can be found here.


Churchill Downs NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Sept. 30, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on September 30, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #1 Churchill Downs 9/30/2023

Place
FirstName
State
Points
1
Paul
OH
725
2
Michael
NY
725
3
Cody
KY
700
4
Dave
MN
675
5
Lisa
CA
675
6
David
IL
675
7
Noel
OH
675
8
Brian
CT
675
9
George
MD
650
10
Chris
NE
650

Keeneland NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Oct. 7, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on October 7, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #2 Keeneland 10/07/2023

Place
First Name
State
Points
1
James
IL
800
2
Douglas
WA
775
3
Michael
DE
725
4
Perry
MI
700
5
Mark
OK
700
6
Robert
AR
675
7
Roger
VA
675
8
William
VA
675
9
Thomas
KY
650
10
Chris
NE
650

Woodbine NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Oct. 8, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on October 8, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #3 Woodbine 10/08/2023

Place
First Name
State
Points
1
Timothy
LA
825
2
William
RI
800
3
Chris
NE
750
4
Todd
WV
725
5
Joseph
IN
725
6
Gregory
PA
700
7
Nicholas
FL
675
8
Steven
MN
675
9
Jeffrey
IL
675
10
Ernest
KY
650

Keeneland NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Oct. 14, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on October 14, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #4 Keeneland 10/14/2023

Place
First Name
State
Points
1
Christopher
CA
850
2
Robert
IL
775
3
Michael
IN
750
4
Casandra
KY
725
5
Mark
TN
700
6
Laurie
MN
700
7
Adam
CA
675
8
Lawrence
FL
675
9
Benjamin
LA
675
10
Ed
MI
675

 

Keeneland NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Oct. 21, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on October 21, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #5 Keeneland 10/21/2023

Place
FirstName
State
Points
1
Kimberly
LA
650
2
Michael
LA
625
3
Will
KY
600
4
Paul
OH
600
5
Stephen
NM
575
6
Al
CA
575
7
Robert
CA
550
8
Joe
OH
525
9
Pete
NY
525
10
Matthew
KY
525

 

Churchill Downs NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Nov. 11, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on November 11, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #6 Churchill Downs 11/11/2023

Place
FirstName
State
Points
1
Joe
WA
600
2
Stephen
FL
550
3
Bolos
LA
525
4
Michael
VA
500
5
Mike
WA
500
6
Casandra
KY
500
7
Matt
KY
500
8
Richard
OK
475
9
Ron
IN
475
10
Daniel
OR
475

 

Churchill Downs NHC Feeder Leaderboard - Nov. 18, 2023 Results List

Description: Opt in and play on November 18, 2023 for your chance to participate in the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier, and play for $2,500 in prizes.

  • NHC Qualifier: November 25th (Churchill Downs)
  • Feeder Prize Structure ($2,500 Total Prize Pools)
    • 1st - $750  
    • 2nd - $500 
    • 3rd - $350 
    • 4th - $250
    • 5th - $150 
    • 6th - 10th - $100

NHC Feeder #7 Churchill Downs 11/18/2023

Place
FirstName
State
Points
1
ronald
TN
675
2
Cody
KY
650
3
Lawrence
FL
625
4
Cheryl
PA
625
5
Evan
KY
600
6
Paul
CT
600
7
patrick
PA
600
8
Paul
WA
575
9
Richard
OK
575
10
Philip
MO
575

 

Churchill Downs NHC Qualifier Leaderboard - Nov. 25, 2023 Results List

 

  1. November 25 Qualifier Prize Structure ($5,000 Total Prize Pool, plus NHC Tournament Seats and hotel accommodations)
    1. 1st - $1,500 + NHC Tournament Seat (includes hotel accomodations)  
    2. 2nd - $1,000 + NHC Tournament Seat (includes hotel accomodations) 
    3. 3rd - $700
    4. 4th - $500
    5. 5th - $300 
    6. 6th - 10th - $200

Trip Details:

TwinSpires or a third-party commercial vendor partner will provide the winner with standard hotel accommodations based on double occupancy for four (4) nights from March 14 to March 18, 2024, at the Horseshoe Las Vegas, or such other hotel as TwinSpires or the vendor select.  

Transportation to and from the NHC Championship in Las Vegas is responsibility of winner, and no airfare or ground transportation is included as part of the prize. 

Full details regarding the NTRA/NHC Contest can be found at NHC - NTRA and full terms and conditions for the NHC Tour can be found here.

NHC Final Qualifier Churchill Downs 11/25/2023

Place
FirstName
lastname
State
Points
1
Todd
Hartman
WV
750
2
Steven
Taracks
MN
725
3
William
Berkel
VA
725
4
Jeff
Falconio
WI
700
5
Noel
Pink
OH
675
6
Robert
Rusden
AZ
675
7
James
Artman
FL
675
8
Drew
Stark
NE
650
9
Michael
Bilbrey
MO
625
10
David
Alexander
IL
625

 

Details on How to Win:

This Promotion is offered by Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company (“TwinSpires”).  Players must have a verified TwinSpires advance deposit wagering account, be in good standing and reside in a state where wagering services are offered to participate. Employees of Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company, its parent, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and members of their immediate family or persons living in the same household are ineligible to participate in this promotion.

Opt in is required. Players can opt into the promotion(s) at any time during the promotional period.  This opt in is for NHC Qualifier Feeder #1 taking place on September 30, 2023.

Opt in allows for participation in the designated 'feeder' tournament listed for that date and applies to all races at the selected track per the schedule below.

Each feeder tournament will have its own promotion and will require a new opt in for each feeder tournament.

Qualifying wagers for this promotion will apply to players first straight single win wager of $10 or more placed on each eligible race. Offer will not apply to wagers made prior to opt in.  If a qualifying wager is placed on a horse that scratches, the player will receive zero points for that race if the player does not place another wager.

Players may wager more than $10, but no additional points will be awarded, and points will not be awarded on non-Win wagers or on any Win wagers other than the first Win wager placed on each eligible race. “Win/Place,” “Win/Place/Show,” and “Win/Show” wagers do not count as eligible wagers. BetShare wagers do not count as eligible wagers.

The Leaderboard points system will award points for wagers placed on horses that finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place.  Leaderboard points will be awarded to players for placing a winning bet on each eligible race.  Selections that place in 2nd or 3rd will also be awarded points.  There will be a maximum of 100 points available for every race: 100 points for 1st place, 50 points for 2nd place and 25 points for 3rd place.

For every 10 participating players, there will be one (1) entry awarded for the TwinSpires.com National Horseplayers Championship (“NHC”) Qualifier taking place on Saturday, November 25th, which will award two (2) seats (“NHC Seats”) to the 2024 NHC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada (March 15th through 17th, 2024) to the top two finishers in the NHC Qualifier. Each awarded seat will also include hotel accommodations.

For example, if a feeder contest has 1,015 participants, 101 entries into the Nov. 25 TwinSpires.com NHC Qualifier will be awarded (1010/10=101).

The NHC Qualifier will feature a $5,000 Prize Pool in addition to the two (2) seats awarded to the 2024 NHC Tournament.  The prize breakdown for the NHC Qualifier is noted below.

In addition to the entries awarded to the TwinSpires.com NHC Qualifier, the top 10 players in the Feeder Tournaments with the most points will win a share of a $2,500 prize pool. The prize breakdown for the feeder contests is noted below.

In order to be eligible to win an NHC Seat through the TwinSpires NHC Qualifier on November 25th, the player must have an active NTRA membership (join at Membership - NTRA ). If a player finishing in one of the top two places does not have an active NTRA membership, then the NHC Seat will be awarded to the next-best finishing eligible participant on the NHC Qualifier leaderboard (i.e. if second and third place finishers do not have an active NTRA membership and fourth place does, the NHC Seat will be awarded to the fourth place finisher).  If the winner of an NHC Seat does not wish to or cannot participate in the 2024 NHC Tournament, there will be no prize substituted, and the NHC Seat will be offered to the next-best finisher.

A player can only earn one (1) entry for the Qualifier through the Feeder Tournaments. Once a qualifier entry is earned, that player can still compete in the remaining feeder tournaments, however they will only be eligible for the cash prizes.

Should the leaderboard competition end in a tie, the winner will be decided based on the number of first placed wagers made on each race. If more than one player at the top has the same amount of first placed wagers, it will be decided on the number of 2nd place and 3rd place wagers made, in that order. If it is still a tie, ties will be broken based upon which player(s) opted into the promotion first.

The leaderboard will display the top fifty (50) players, displaying the players first and last name, the state they reside in and the number of points they earned.

The leaderboard results will be updated once each qualifying race is finalized. There will be an approximate wait time of 15 minutes for the process to finish.

The leaderboard results from September 30th, 2023 can be viewed at TwinSpires.com | Bet Online With The Leader In Online Horse Racing.

The Leaderboard Results page is only accessible via web at this time.

The leaderboard and final results will be determined by the number of points awarded for qualifying wagers based upon the points system as described above after all eligible races have been deemed official by the respective host racetracks.  The leaderboard and all results remain unofficial until the final results have been confirmed and are posted. Players are encouraged to maintain an accurate record of their wagers and accumulated points.  TwinSpires will credit the bonus funds for Feeder #1 on or about Monday, October 2nd.

Additional Terms:

This offer is valid with opt in only. By opting in to this offer, you provide your consent for your first name, last name, and state of residence to be displayed on the leaderboard on the TwinSpires Edge blog and in other TwinSpires online communications, such as via social media. The offer is valid only through the date of the feeder contest referenced above. Wagers placed prior to opt in will not count towards this offer. Residents of certain states may be unable to place qualifying wagers at certain tracks; these individuals are eligible for the promotion but will be unable to earn points on any unavailable races. Certain exclusions apply. All management decisions are final. This promotion is void where prohibited by law. By opting in to the promotion you fully and unconditionally agree to these terms and conditions and decisions of TwinSpires management, which are final and binding in all matters related to this promotion.

TwinSpires reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the promotion, to be acting in violation of these terms and conditions, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the promotion, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and TwinSpires reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  TwinSpires reserves the right to modify, extend, suspend, or terminate the promotion, if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the promotion is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions or other causes beyond TwinSpires’ control have destroyed or severely undermined or to any degree impaired the integrity, administration, security, proper play, safety, and/or feasibility of the promotion as contemplated herein. In the event TwinSpires is prevented from awarding prizes or continuing with the promotion as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, TwinSpires shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the promotion.  If the promotion is terminated before the designated end date, TwinSpires will (if possible) determine the final results from all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination.  

These terms and conditions cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued by a duly authorized representative of TwinSpires.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these terms and conditions shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these terms and conditions shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

TwinSpires general terms and conditions (accessible at Terms and Conditions | TwinSpires ), including, without limitation, all arbitration, dispute resolution and limitation of liability provisions, shall apply.

TwinSpires assumes no responsibility or liability for any: (i) act, failure to act, delay, or error relating to the transmitting or processing of entries or awarding of prizes; (ii) lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure, problems or technical malfunction of any website, person, telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by TwinSpires on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof; (iii) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, errors or by any of the personnel, equipment, hardware, software or programming associated or used with the promotion; (iv) any conditions caused by events beyond the control of TwinSpires that may cause the promotion to be disrupted or corrupted; (v) any losses, liabilities, or damages of any kind resulting directly or indirectly from awarding, receipt, acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize; (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials relating to the promotion; or (vii) any costs, injuries, losses, liabilities or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the promotion or any promotion-related activity.  TwinSpires assumes no responsibility or liability for any damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer system, wireless phone or other equipment or device which is occasioned by accessing any website or otherwise participating in the promotion, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, TwinSpires is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen, or postage-due submissions or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.

TwinSpires reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of comparable value if a prize listed is unavailable for any reason. Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the applicable prize.  A winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release. If any winner fails or refuses to sign and return all required documents, such Winner may be disqualified and forfeit all prizes. The approximate retail value of the four-night hotel stay is $911.56.