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Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge qualifiers announced

Players can begin qualifying online this Sunday at www.bcqualify.com for horse racing's biggest live money handicapping tournament -- the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC). Now in its fourth year, the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge will be held on November 2-3 at Santa Anita and will have a prize pool of up to $400,000 based on 150 players.

As in previous years, the 2012 BCBC features players betting real money and the highest accumulated bankroll at the end of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships will be the winner. A $2,500 buy-in and $7,500 betting bankroll ($10,000 total) will be required of each player. All buy-in monies are applied to the prize pool, plus a minimum of $25,000 in additional funds provided by Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita. Players make real wagers with their $7,500 bankroll over the two days and keep all monies earned from their betting.

"In just three years, the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge has established itself as the country's premier live money contest," said Kenneth E. Kirchner, President of FalKirk International and coordinator of the event for Breeders' Cup Limited. "The nation's top horseplayers will enjoy the first class amenities offered by Santa Anita combined with the excitement and the challenge of going head-to-head against the most formidable competitors in the toughest races to handicap. Last year's tremendous BCBC finish should encourage additional publicity and players in 2012."

Online qualifying for the 2012 BCBC begins Sunday and will be followed by on-line tournaments on January 22 and February 5. These will be $100 entry fee events, with the top ten percent of players in each contest advancing to Round 2 on February 12. Additional information on the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge website.

Online qualifying was the beginning of a Cinderella story that captivated the 2011 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge -- the most dramatic of the three editions thus far. Patrick McGoey of New Orleans, an online qualifier, captured first place in a remarkable come-from-behind effort in the last race of the contest by wagering $7,000 to win on Drosselmeyer in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic. Drosselmeyer's victory at odds of $14.80 to 1 resulted in McGoey's $7,000 win bet returning $110,600. Combined with the first place winnings of $160,000, McGoey took home $270,600.

McGoey had earned his spot in the BC Betting Challenge on May 28, 2011 by defeating 90 other players in a $100 qualifying event at bcqualify.com.

"Everything at the BCBC fell into place perfectly to be in a position to make the bet on Drosselmeyer and watching his closing kick coming down the Churchill Downs stretch was tremendous," McGoey said. "Knowing that I turned a $100 online qualifying spot into $270,000 is a fantastic feeling. I can't wait for the 2012 event at Santa Anita."


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