The BIG One is Back – in Baltimore! Oct 11-12 at Laurel Park, $200,000+ Estimated Purse, BCBC, NHC, HPWS Seats







Estimated Purse of $200,000 to $225,000*


Top Five (5) Win $10,000 Entry to Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (November, 2014)

Top Five (5) Win Full Package to Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) (January, 2015)

Places 6th through 15th win $1,000 Entry to Horse Player World Series (March, 2015)

*Based on 50 entries. Purse and number of NHC packages awarded to be adjusted based on final total number of entries and depending on volume through pre-qualifying events at Total purse may exceed $225,000 should all pre-qualifying contests sell-out at full qualifying parameters and additional buy-in entries are purchased.

“The BIG One” at Laurel Park, an on-track handicapping contest with qualifying packages availabile exclively through

October 11-12, 2014. Two-day contest. Registration on Friday, October 10 and morning of Saturday, October 11.

Laurel Park in Laurel, MD (outside Baltimore)

Estimated purse of $200,000 to $225,000 based on 50 fully sold entries (purse contributions will vary according to participation levels in qualifying events). Purse and purse distribution adjusted based on total number of entries at the discretion of tournament officials. Based on estimated purse of $200,000, expected prize levels:

Estimated prize distribution based on $200,000 purse. Note that these are DIRECTIONAL payouts only–final prizes and prize distribution to be determined by tournament officials once final purse number is determined.

Grand Prize: $80,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

2nd Place: $40,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

3rd Place: $20,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

4th Place: $15,000 + $10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

5th Place: $10,000 +$10,000 BCBC Entry AND NHC Package

6th Place: $9,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
7th Place: $8,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
8th Place: $7,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
9th Place: $6,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
10th Place: $5,000 + HPWS Entry ($1,000)
11th thru 15th Place: HPWS Entry ($1,000)

BCBC Entry: $10,000 full entry into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (Bankroll + Entry Fee) (one BCBC entry per 10 entries participating)

NHC Package: Seat to 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (held in January, 2015) PLUS $500 travel reimbursement and complimentary 4-night hotel stay at NHC venue. NHC Packages awarded will be adjusted based on the total number of entries participating (one NHC package awarded per 10 entries participating).

Qualifying packages to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park available through will be all-inclusive, including the seat to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park and purse contribution; $500 in travel reimbursement provided upon registration; complimentary 3-night hotel stay near Baltimore/Laurel area at a selected hotel venue and pro-rated NHC seat and NHC hotel/travel.

Total value of package = $7,750 USD

Buffet and Open Bar throughout the duration of the contest. Cockatil/Dinner reception on Friday, Oct. 10 at selected venue, including dinner and Open Bar.

There will be a maximum of 57 entries allowed in “The BIG One” at Laurel Park. 50 of those entries will be made available exclusively for qualification at Five (5) entries will be made available on a buy-in lottery basis for $8,500 each. A total of (2) spots will be allocated to Laurel Park for pre-event on-site qualifiers. A player may play only one entry per person in “The BIG One”.

Mythical contest format based on the expected conditions at the NHC Finals. $2 Win/Place wagers made on one horse per race. 30 total races (15 each day). 8 of the 15 races each day will be mandatory plays on races determined by tournament officials. The remaining 7 plays each day will be optional plays on racetracks selected by tournment officials. Payout caps of $42 to Win (20-1), $22 to Place (10-1).

Qualifying contests to “The BIG One” at Laurel Park will begin in February, 2014, and proceed through the end of September. Go to to check the upcoming schedule of qualifiers. Entry fees for the majority of qualifiying contests at will carry entry fees of $225, awarding one “The BIG One” package per 45 entries participating. Consolation site credit prizes will be offered in most qualifiers.

A minimum of five (5) buy-in entries will be made available to “The BIG One” at $8,500 each. If there are more buy-in requests than there are buy-in entries available, first preference will be given to those players that have participated in the most qualifiers to “The BIG One,” if applicable, in the order of number of entries played in qualifying events at HorseTourneys. Any remaining requests will be settled on a lottery basis. A $500 deposit will be required, refundable to those not winning a lottery selection and non-refundable to those winning lottery selection, if applicable. The number of buy-in entries and costs of those entries may be adjusted by tournament officials based on number of entries qualified to the event, including elimination of the buy-in option. To make arrangements to secure a buy-in entry, please email McKay Smith at for instructions.

Questions should be directed to McKay Smith, Operator/Tournament Director at Email: