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About the NHC

Daily Racing Form/NTRA

National Handicapping Championship

The Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC), presented by Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas, is the richest, most important and most prestigious tournament for horseplayers in the world and is the culmination of a yearlong series of sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals in Las Vegas. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. In addition to the founding title sponsor, the NHC is presented by Treasure Island Las Vegas and Sovereign Stable.

Established in 1999, the first NHC offered total purse money of $200,000. The 2012 NHC offered total prizes and awards of more than $1.5 million. Michael Beychok, a political consultant from Baton Rouge, La., earned $1 million and an Eclipse Award as the nation’s National Handicapping Champion.


The Daily Racing Form NHC Tour

The Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is a yearlong bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in January 2013 at Treasure Island Las Vegas.

Membership in the 2012 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is mandatory in order for top finishers of sanctioned NHC qualifying events to be eligible to compete in the January 2013 NHC Finals in Las Vegas. Membership in the NHC Tour is open to adults 21 years of age or older and requires a one-time, annual membership fee of $50. The NHC Tour membership must be in place prior to the start of any given qualifying tournament in order for one to qualify for the NHC Finals at that qualifying tournament.  


2000 Steven Walker

2001 Judy Wagner

2002 Herman Miler

2003 Steve Wolfson

2004 Kent Meyer

2005 James Michelson Jr.

2006 Ron Rippy

2007 Stanley Bavlish

2008 Richard Goodall

2009 John Conte

2010 Brian Troop

2011 John Doyle

2012 Michael Beychok

2013 Jim Benes


Pos. Name Points
1 Mark Streiff 12,930
2 Brent Sumja 10,792
3 Paul Hoffman 9,441
4 Kevin Cox 9,193
5 Charles Browning 8,140
Updated: 9/6/2013 view full leaderboard
Pos. Name Points
1 Brent Sumja 20,572
2 Mark Streiff 16,880
3 Kevin Cox 16,392
4 Richard Grose 15,123
5 Paul Hoffman 13,070
Updated: 1/10/2014 view full leaderboard

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