Handicapping contests plentiful this summer

May 29, 2001 10:37 AM

Want to cool off this summer?

Then head indoors in an air-conditioned race book and participate in a horse racing handicapping contest.

While there are more than two contests this summer in town, here are two that are open to the public.

The Orleans: Last year, 936 entered The Championship at The Orleans. This year, it will be at the race book Aug. 15-18 and there is a $500 entry fee (same as last year).

A contestant will make 12 individual $100 contest win wagers per day at selected tracks, which include Santa Anita, Hialeah, Aqueduct, Pimlico, Fairgrounds and Sportsman.

More than one horse can be selected per race, but each wager must be $100. Only win wagers are accepted. Full track odds will be paid on the first $20 with the remainder paid at a limit of 20-1.

Points accumulate for three days. Entries are limited two per person. Tentative contest tracks include Del Mar, Saratoga, Calder, Arlington, Laurel and Louisiana Downs.

If exactly 800 sign up for the event, the prize money goes as follows: first place is 33 percent ($132,000), second is 16 ($64,000), third is eight ($32,000) and fourth is four ($16,000). Sixth through 10th finishers earn two percent ($8,000 each). Eleventh through 20th gets one percent ($4,000 each). The next 40 finishers each get $1,000, and 61st through 100th each earns $500.

There are daily prizes each day as well. First place gets $3,500, second gets $2,000, while third earns $1,000. Fourth through 10th each get $500 each.

There also is an early sign-up incentive. If a player signs up by July 25, they are eligible for a separate contest Aug. 15.

In the early sign-up contest, a contestant makes five $2 win wagers. Winners will be determined by the highest mutual total. All five selections must be made by the first contest race.

First place is worth $10,000; second place is $5,000; third $2,500; fourth $1,500; and fifth $1,000.

All contestants for The Championship at The Orleans are eligible for a special room rate $55 plus tax per night from Aug. 13-19. There are daily breakfast and buffet lunches. There is an opening cocktail party and dinner Aug. 14 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Final awards presentation is Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. Registration begins Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. and deadline is Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.

Terrible’s: This is an eight-week contest on Wednesdays and it starts June 13. There is a $10 entry fee each week, so you don’t have to play every week. Contestants then have a mythical $2 bet across the board on the last six races at Hollywood Park. Once Hollywood Park closes for the season, the contest race park will be Del Mar.

The winner each week will win 100 percent of the pot. Second place finishers and below will not be paid. Ties for first will be split.

On Aug. 8, all eight winners will have a final contest. The Aug. 8 winner gets a free trip for two to the Breeders’ Cup Oct. 27 at Belmont in New York. Free airfare and lodging is included in the winning package.