Live It Up Challenge Handicapping Contest at Tampa Bay Downs

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Live It Up Challenge Begins Feb. 11 with a Grand Prize NHC 2018 Seat

The fourth annual  “Live It Up Challenge” handicapping contest sponsored by Tampa Bay Downs begins Feb. 11. Handicappers looking to qualify for the 2018 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship can register for the online competition, which runs through April 2.

The Grand Prize for the “Live It Up Challenge” is a seat to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) and $1,000. Second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. The winner will travel to Las Vegas in Jan., 2018 for the NHC, and try to become the next big winner.

Ray Arsenault of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada won the recently concluded DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship from 65 other qualifiers at Treasure Island Las Vegas, collecting $800,000. The contest offered prize money totaling $2,900,600.

There is no cost to register for the online competition, but players must register by 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 11 at www.liveitupchallenge.com to participate.

All wagers in the Tampa Bay Downs “Live It Up Challenge” contest are mythical. Once registered, players log on each racing day and select one horse from either of that day’s randomly selected “Challenge Races.” Each day’s winnings are based on the win, place and show pari-mutuel payouts on a player’s selection.

Each player begins the contest with a lifeline, to be used if their choice finishes out of the money. A player is eliminated from the contest when they lose all their lifelines (said player remains eligible for the “Most Winners” prize, $500). Lifelines can be purchased upon sign-up and on Feb. 17 and March 10.

Full rules are available on the contest website.

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