Rain likely to make Kentucky Derby wet and wild | Reuters

A win by the dark bay by Street Cry would give trainer Carl Nafzger his first Derby winner since Unbridled in 1990.. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

“He gets through it here really well,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told reporters after the workout.

Three-times Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will have a record-tying five horses in the race as he tries to win his first Triple Crown race in 21 attempts.

“Like with Unbridled, I like everything I have seen this week,” he said. “He’s been on (wet tracks) plenty of times training in Northern California.”

Street Sense (4-1) will try to become the first Breeders Cup Juvenile champion to win the Derby. “There will be no excuses.”

A 20-horse race for three-year-olds which would be wide open on a dry day could become chaotic if the steady rain that has fallen on Churchill Downs this week continues.

“The winner’s going to deserve to have won the Derby because he did it when it mattered.”

“Whatever the conditions of running the race are, all 20 will have to do it,” said Curlin trainer Steve Asmussen, seeking his first Derby triumph at his sixth attempt.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky Predictions of thunderstorms on Saturday could have Kentucky Derby handicappers scrambling to figure out who runs well in the mud.

The chestnut colt by the champion Holy Bull, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, had a frisky gallop on the wet Churchill Downs racing strip on Friday morning.

Bwana Bull, a 50-1 longshot in the morning line, could receive unexpected backing if the track is sloppy for the 133rd edition of the Run for the Roses.

His best chance to end his 0-for-14 streak at the Derby will probably come from Circular Quay (8-1 odds) or Scat Daddy (10-1).

Curlin is the early 7/2 favorite in the opening jewel of U.S

Horse Racing’s National Handicapping Championship Raises Payouts to Generate More Fan Interest

One idea being floated about is having the top performers from the first two days compete in handicapping “finals” on the third day that could provide television content for cable networks such as ESPN, much like has been done with tournament poker in the last decade..

An ardent fan of horse racing for years, I am extremely passionate about writing articles on adventurous topics on the lines of new developments in sports, online games as well as other fields. In response, organizers announced this week that purse money is being boosted for the event’s affiliated NHC Tour in 2012 and additional bonuses will also be paid out.

The 13th annual NHC was won by less than one dollar in a thrilling finish after two days of competition among a record field of 480 handicappers. You can find articles regarding Horse racing industries and interesting facts about the understanding of Handicapping.To know more about horse racing games online and related information log on to www.horseracegame.com.

Recent online reports have indicated organizers are considering expanding the NHC Finals next year to a three-day event. The tour consists of dozens of tournaments held throughout the year at a variety of racetracks, simulcast facilities and online. The reasoning behind the expansion is largely for television purposes. Some will have an entry fee, but NHC Tour members will also be eligible to compete in several free online tournaments with berths in the NHC Finals on the line.

Other benefits Tour members receive include bi-weekly e-newsletters with event recaps and tips on playing in Handicapping tournaments; and special discounts on Daily Racing Form products, including 10 percent off some of its Past Performance plans. Michael Beychok of Baton Rouge, La.

Author’s Bio: 

By most any measure, the recently concluded DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) at Treasure Island in Las Vegas was a smashing success. won the $1 million first prize and an Eclipse Award as the nation’s best handicapper when his horse came from off the pace to narrowly win the event’s final race.

For the 2012 NHC Tour, in which membership is mandatory in order for a handicapper to earn a berth in the NHC Finals, total prize money has been increased to $250,000, which includes new $50,000 bonuses for the top performers in the first- and second-half of the season.

Additionally, Tour members that win more than one sanctioned tournament will receive a $5,000 bonus for each additional win with a maximum of three.

The winner of the NHC Tour is also eligible for a $1 million bonus if he/she wins the NHC Finals in Las Vegas.

It will cost $50 to join the NHC Tour in 2012

How to Organise A Charity Golf Day

The way the yellow ball competition works is that each team starts with a yellow ball and each player in turn has to use this ball. All the scores with this ball are added up at the end of the round and we give a prize usually a green fee voucher to the winning team. You will need to buy trophies as you see fit for overall winner, Nearest Pin, longest Drive, Champion Putter etc.

We play full handicap scoring for both team competition and individual. We have been lucky that we have been able to enlist the services of a local farmer who has conducted many auctions and is also an entertainer in his own right. this makes it slightly easier for the person collating the scores. For the team score we count the best 2 scores for the first 6 holes,the best 3 scores on holes 7 to 12 and all scores on the last 6 holes. We have enlisted the help of a lovely lady who registers all the players, enters scores and sells the £10 envelopes, she is  probably the reason we get such a good uptake in selling these!



Finally remember what you are doing this for-

Who we are…….

To raise as much money for your Chosen Charity by any means you canthink of!

How we have done it …….

DORSET-Home of The Redpost Golf Society

The Redpost Golf Society  based in Dorset in the UK have now run 4 Charity events and raised in excess of £12000 and would like to pass on to anyone who has an interest in golf and is looking to run a Charity golf day how we have done it and hope it proves helpful.Organising a golf day is great fun and rewarding but it is hard work and you need to constantly badger people to help you out.. Anyone without the tickets cannot enter the competitions. We have also approached with great success,  local organisations providing such things as Shepherds Hut holidays, Gliding, Zorbing, Shooting and alpaca walking. This needs to include what food and refreshments they can offer, free use of buggies to place advertising banners on the course, Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive markers and anything else you can think of. Anyone who has reasonable Excel skills can easily develop a programme to add up these scores, if not we are happy to sell you a copy of ours at nominal cost. we have an arrangement with a manufacturer so we make a small profit on this.

Organise a draw to be drawn on the day. We have in our latest event charged £10 for an envelope which includes draw tickets and an entry into the putting competition ,Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive. If the ball gets lost the team does not qualify. But don’t turn down single players as you can usually make up more teams from these single players.

Find sponsors for each hole. We ask if they are to provide their own advertising banner to place around the hole or if they would like us to provide one. A dustbin is placed on the 18th fairway at an average driving length so the big hitters have to throttle down if they want to win and the highest handicappers still have a chance of winning. the prize is anything we need to get rid of and has included a beer cooler, a battery drill and a case of beer.

We have also held auctions after the golf and we have put up lots such as holidays,tickets to sports events, restaurant vouchers, football club shirts and anything else that you can cajole people and businesses into giving. First select your chosen cause and set a realistic target

Seek a local business as a major sponsor. you can contact us on www.redpost-golf-society.co.uk We also run a yellow ball competition and a nearest the mystery prize on the 18th fairway. We get them to pay a set amount for the hole ( charge more for 1 and 18 as most sponsors seem to like these holes). We were lucky enough to find the Hearn Group of Companies in Dorchester and they have made a regular contribution to all of our events

Book a golf course well in advance of the event and settle the amount they want to charge and agree what is to be provided. Make sure any one who is going to run the auction is “pushy” so you get as much from the auction as possible.

A general point is to make sure that you have enough people helping your golf dayand they all need to know what you want them to do. If you stress that it is for charity they are normally happy to help financially.

Start getting teams to enter we try to get teams of 4 which means that it is easier to organise when they are playing. A good source of prizes are from local golf clubs who are usually willing to donate green fee tickets especially if you have played on their course. We had about a 95% take up.

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