Colonial Downs Online Handicapping Challenge to Be Held Monday July 26

Colonial Downs will be hosting its first ever online handicapping contest on Monday July 26 with several amazing prizes up for grabs that will surely appeal to horseplayers.

Top three prizes include:

*2 seats — including an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas — in the $3 Million National Handicapping Challenge January 20-22, 2022 at Bally’s Casino Resort)

*1 seat in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) that includes a $7,500 live bankroll and $1 Million in cash prizes.

*Plus, the top 5 finishers will share in cash prizes too (amount based on the number of contest entries).

Entry fee into the Colonial contest is $500 — $250 of which will be an entry fee (and go towards prizes) and $250 will be a live contest bankroll. Participants can play the contest via TVG or Xpressbet. A live contest account will be set up for the player to use for contest purposes.

In order to participate, players must have an active NHC (National Handicapping Challenge) tour membership. This allows for participation in qualifying contests year-round, both at tracks around the country and online ones as well. Cost for a NHC tour membership is only $50 and can be purchased at

The Colonial Downs contest is unique in that it is on a Monday with first post at 1:45 PM. Nine races are scheduled including three open turf stakes races that day —$150,000 Buckland (3&up, 1 1/8 miles), $100,000 Andy Guest Stakes (F/M 3&up, 5 1/2 F) and the $100,000 Da Hoss (3&up, 5 1/2F). The trio has drawn fields of 10, 12 & 7 respectively.

Contest wagers include win, place, show, exacta and trifecta bets. Simply make a minimum of $50 in wagers per race, on a minimum of five races from the Colonial Downs card that day. Of course, players can bet more money per race and more races to increase the chance of growing their contest bankroll.

For more details, rules and how to register, click on the link below. This information can also be accessed via

Click on July 26 date on the calendar that appears. For additional information, call Brian Skirka at 732-571-6595 or e-mail

CONTEST UPDATE ON JULY 23: Players that wager thru TVG must pre-register with Brian Skirka by 12 Noon on Sunday July 25. XpressBet players can either pre-register with Brian or sign-up directly on XpressBet by 12 Noon of contest day, Monday July 26.

Colonial Downs will have three open turf stakes on the July 26 card for contest players to wager.