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$500 Santa Anita April
Betting Challenge

Play April 21, 2018

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$500 Santa Anita April Betting Challenge

For the first time, Xpressbet customers are eligible to play in one of Santa Anita’s popular on-track tournaments! And with prizes including entries to Santa Anita’s 2018 Preakness Challenge and the 2019 National Handicapping Championship on the line, this is one tournament you won’t want to miss.

Buy-In

  • $500 Total Buy-In, split between:
    • $300 Live Tournament Bankroll
    • $200 Entry Fee (100% of Entry Fees will be paid out as prizes)
  • You must have an account balance of $500 or more to register for this tournament.

Prizes (Based on 150 Entries)

  • 3 Entries to the Santa Anita Preakness Challenge on May 19 & 20, 2018 (a $5,000 value each).
  • 2 Entries to the 2019 National Handicapping Championship.
  • $10,000 in cash.
  • NHC Points will be offered in this contest.

Tournament Format

  • Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double wagers on Santa Anita races.
  • Must wager entire $300 bankroll.
  • No maximum wagers.
  • Maximum of three entries per person


2018 $500 Santa Anita April Betting Challenge Official Rules

CONTEST DATE:

Saturday, April 21, 2018

CONTEST LOCATIONS:

On-track: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

Online: www.xpressbet.com

BUY-IN:

$500 ($300 Bankroll, $200 Prize Pool), per entry.

MAXIMUM ENTRIES:

Maximum three (3) entries, per person.

CONTEST QUALIFIERS:

Available on-track at Santa Anita during select $40 Handicapping Contests, and online at https://horsetourneys.com/ (See Item 3).

1. PLAYER’S BANKROLL:

This is a “real money” handicapping contest with players competing with live money wagers. This contest requires a $500 buy-in, per entry. Of each $500 buy-in, $300 will be used for a player’s bankroll, while the remaining $200 will be allocated to the prize pool. Players may compete on-track at Santa Anita Park or online at xpressbet.com.

On-Track Participation: Players that choose to compete on-track at Santa Anita Park will receive at the beginning of the contest a wagering card that has a balance of $300 for each of their paid entries. This wagering card must be used for all wagers that are placed for contest purposes.

Online Participation: Players that choose to compete online at www.xpressbet.com will have a separate Contest Account for each entry they purchase. Each Contest Account will have a balance of $300 for each of their paid entries. To participate in the contest, follow instructions at www.xpressbet.com/santa-anita-april-betting-challenge. Players must have an Xpressbet account in good standing to play online.

At the conclusion of the contest, any dollar amount remaining on the wagering card or within the Xpressbet contest account remains the property of the player. Xpressbet will transfer funds from the contest account back to the player’s primary Xpressbet account at the conclusion of the contest.

2. TO ENTER:

Participants may choose to compete in this contest by playing online at xpressbet.com, or on-track at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018. There is a maximum of THREE (3) entries per person.

Xpressbet.com Entries:

The deadline to enter online is 11:00 a.m. PDT on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Online registration begins Friday, April 13, 2018. To participate in the contest, follow instructions at www.xpressbet.com/santa-anita-april-betting-challenge. Players must have an Xpressbet account in good standing to play online. The Buy-In amount ($500) will be deducted from the player’s Xpressbet account at the time of registration. The player must have sufficient funds in their Xpressbet account to cover the Buy-In to complete registration.

On-Track Entries:

The deadline to enter for an on-track entry is 2:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Individuals that would like to participate on-track at Santa Anita Park may enter by: phone, online, by mail, or at the Main Thoroughbreds Club Center the day of the event (walk-up entry). Accepted payment methods for entries are check, credit card, and/or cash. Personal checks will not be accepted after Monday, April 16, 2018.

Enter By Phone to Play On-Track:

To enter by phone, please contact (626) 574-6384 and inquire about the $500 April Challenge.

Enter Online:

Players may enter online the following ways:

  1. To participate in the contest on-track at Santa Anita Park, visit: www.santaanita.com/contests.
  2. To participate in the contest online at xpressbet.com, visit: www.xpressbet.com/santa-anita-april-betting-challenge

Enter by Mail to Play On-Track:

To enter the contest by mail, send a check payable to Los Angeles Turf Club for $500, per entry. Checks should be sent to:

Santa Anita Park
Attn: Nate Newby
285 West Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA 91007

No personal checks will be accepted after Monday, April 16, 2018. Only cash or credit card entries will be accepted during the week of the contest.

On-Track Walk-Up Entries:

Walk-up entries will be accepted at the Main Thoroughbreds Club Center the day of the contest. Cash and credit card payments will be accepted. Participants must provide a valid government issued ID to a contest official prior to purchasing an entry. Walk-up entries will not be accepted after 2:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

3. PRE-CONTEST QUALIFIERS:

On-Track Qualifiers:

Players may win a full entry ($500 value) into the 2018 $500 April Challenge through Santa Anita Park’s $40 Handicapping Contests. For qualifying contest dates, rules, and prize information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/events/40-handicapping-contest-2/#.Wpw3tmrwaUk.

Online Qualifiers:

Players may win a full entry ($500 value) into the 2018 $500 April Challenge through qualifying contests offered online at horsetourneys.com. For qualifying contest dates, rules, and prize information, please visit https://horsetourneys.com/.

4. FORMAT:

Contest races will include all live races from Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Permitted wagers will include Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, and Daily Double wagers. No Superfecta, Super High 5, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 or Pick 6 wagers will be permitted in this contest. Players may use the Parlay function on-track on the self-service machines at Santa Anita for Win, Place and Show wagers. The Parlay function will not be available to participants playing online at xpressbet.com.

Each entry must wager their entire $300 bankroll on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Players may do so on one race, or a combination of multiple races.

Should a player fail to bet the required minimum of $300 on Saturday, April 21, 2018, they may be disqualified from the contest, making the player ineligible to win prizes. Any situation involving a late scratch where it is deemed the players were not given sufficient time to adjust their betting will be handled on a case-by-case basis by Santa Anita contest officials.

The player with the largest bankroll after the last race on Saturday, April 21, 2018 will be declared the winner. It is the player’s responsibility to meet the wagering requirements listed above. Santa Anita Park contest officials will make the decision on disqualification in the event of a rule violation and all decisions are final. The remaining bankroll on the player’s wagering card or their online Xpressbet contest account remains the property of the player. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a disqualification.

5. PRIZES

Prize Pool Based on 200+ Entries:

  1. Four (4) entries into the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge on Saturday, May 19 ($5,000 value, per entry).
  2. Two (2) entries into the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), hotel and airfare to Las Vegas included, courtesy of Santa Anita Park.
  3. $25,000 Cash Prize pool to the top four (4) finishers

Prize Pool Based on 150 Entries:

  1. Three (3) entries into the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge on Saturday, May 19 ($5,000 value, per entry).
  2. Two (2) entries into the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), hotel and airfare to Las Vegas included, courtesy of Santa Anita Park.
  3. $20,000 Cash Prize pool to the top four (4) finishers

Guaranteed Prizes:

No matter the final total number of entries in this contest, the following prizes are guaranteed to be offered on Saturday, April 21, 2018:

  1. Three (3) entries into the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge on Saturday, May 19 ($5,000 value, per entry).
  2. Two (2) entries into the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), hotel and airfare to Las Vegas included, courtesy of Santa Anita Park.
  3. $10,000 Cash Prize pool to the top four (4) finishers, courtesy of Xpressbet.com.

Entry Fees:

Per Item 1, of every $500 entry into this contest, $200 will be allocated toward the total prize pool (the remaining $300 will be the player’s bankroll).

Entry Prizes:

If there are fewer than 200 total entries in this contest, three (3) entries into the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge and two (2) entries into the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) will be awarded to the top five (5) finishers, with the first place finisher after the final race at Santa Anita Park on April 21, 2018 having first choice of one (1) of the entries. After the first place finisher has chosen his/her entry prize, the second place finisher will have a choice of one (1) entry from the remaining prize options. This will be repeated until all prize entries have been awarded to the top five (5) finishers.

In the event that there are 200, or more, total entries, entry prizes will be awarded to the top six (6) finishers, per the prize pool based on 200+ entries (See Item 5 – Prize Pool Based on 200+ Entries). The entry prizes will be awarded under the exact manner as mentioned previously, with the first place finisher having the first choice of one (1) of the available entry prizes, followed by the second place finisher choosing one (1) entry prize from the remaining entry prizes, and so on, until all entry prizes have been awarded to the top six (6) finishers.

NHC ENTRIES:

Each prize entry into the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) will be valid for 2019.

Players will be eligible to win one NHC spot, per person in this contest. Depending on a particular situation, Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc. (in cooperation with the NTRA) may assign an alternate qualifier.

In the event a participant that is already dual qualified for the 2019 NHC (as of, April 21, 2018) finishes in a position that receives a 2019 NHC entry as a prize, and does not have the option to choose a 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge entry, that player will receive a $3,500 cash prize in lieu of the 2019 NHC entry AND that 2019 NHC entry will be awarded to the next highest eligible finishing position.

NHC TOUR POINTS:

NHC Tour points will be awarded in this contest.

SANTA ANITA PREAKNESS CHALLENGE ENTRIES:

The 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge is scheduled to be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018. This is a two-day handicapping contest. Each player’s first buy-in is $5,000 (100% to bankroll, no entry fee). The prize pool for the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge will consist of one (1) entry into the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship, two (2) entries into the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship, and a $126,000 cash prize pool to the top seven (7) finishers. The entry prize for the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge will cover a player’s buy-in of $5,000.

A player in this contest may only win a maximum of one (1) prize entry into the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge.

In the event that a player, who has qualified to win multiple prize entries, chooses to claim one (1) entry into the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge, that player’s other qualified bankroll may only claim an available 2019 NHC entry prize. If no prize entries into the 2019 NHC remain, that player’s second qualified bankroll will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize and one (1) entry into Santa Anita’s one-day live money handicapping contest on Sunday, May 20, 2018 (A $1,500 value. This is a separate and unrelated handicapping contest from the 2018 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge). If applicable, that player’s third qualified entry will be awarded a $3,500 cash prize.

Cash Prizes:

The final prize distribution will be announced after entries close on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Cash prizes, in addition to the items listed above, will be awarded to the top four (4) finishers.

CASH PRIZE POOL BASED ON 200+ ENTRIES

If there are at least 200 total entries into this contest, a $25,000 cash prize pool will be awarded to the top four (4) finishers. The $25,000 will be awarded as follows:

1st Place (50% of Cash Prize Pool): $12,500
2nd Place (25% of Cash Prize Pool): $6,250
3rd Place (15% of Cash Prize Pool): $3,750
4th Place (10% of Cash prize Pool): $2,500

CASH PRIZE POOL BASED ON 150 ENTRIES

If there are a total number of 150 – 199 entries into this contest, a $20,000 cash prize pool will be awarded to the top four (4) finishers. The $20,000 will be awarded as follows:

1st Place (50% of Cash Prize Pool): $10,000
2nd Place (25% of Cash Prize Pool): $5,000
3rd Place (15% of Cash Prize Pool): $3,000
4th Place (10% of Cash prize Pool): $2,000

GUARANTEED $10,000 CASH PRIZE POOL

No matter, the final total number of entries into this contest, a $10,000 cash prize pool is guaranteed to be offered to the top four (4) finishers, courtesy of xpressbet.com. The $10,000 will be awarded as follows:

1st Place (50% of Cash Prize Pool): $5,000
2nd Place (25% of Cash Prize Pool): $2,500
3rd Place (15% of Cash Prize Pool): $1,500
4th Place (10% of Cash prize Pool): $1,000

6. CHECK-IN FOR CONTEST ENTRIES

On-Track Entries:

Participants that choose to compete in this contest on-track at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018 must check-in at the Main Thoroughbreds Club Center, located at Santa Anita Park, next to Patron Services, across from the winner’s circle. For assistance finding the Main Thoroughbreds Club Center please call (626) 574-6384.

Xpressbet.com Entries:

On the day of the contest, after completing registration, the player must log in to their Xpressbet account. During login, the player will be prompted to select their Main Xpressbet Account or their Contest account. The Contest wagers must be placed through the Contest account. If a player has purchased multiple entries, they will have the option to choose which Contest account they would like to use at log in. Players may open multiple browser windows and log into each Contest account in different windows.

7. PLAYER CARDS FOR ON-TRACK PARTICIPANTS

Each participant that chooses to compete in this contest on-track at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018 will be issued an official contest card used for all contest wagers. This card contains the “real money” bankroll of $300. If a player loses his/her card or the card is not working, the player should immediately report to the Main Thoroughbreds Club Center or a contest official to receive a new card. Santa Anita Park/Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc. is not responsible for any races missed due to a malfunctioning or lost card.

Xpressbet.com Entries:

Upon completion of registration, the $500 Buy-In will be deducted from the player’s Xpressbet account. A Contest account will be created and $300 will be deposited into the player’s Contest account. All contest wagers must be placed from the Contest account.

8. PLACING WAGERS ON-TRACK AT SANTA ANITA PARK:

All participants that choose to compete on-track at Santa Anita Park must place all contest wagers with their contest wagering card through self-service machines. Wagers will not be accepted through mutuel tellers. Players must place all wagers personally unless pre-approved by a contest official. No person shall directly or indirectly act as an intermediary, transmitter, or agent in placing wagers for the player, unless authorized by L.A.T.C. contest officials. All official track rulings will apply to wagers placed in the contest except as otherwise stipulated. The contest will be based on official’s placement and mutuels at Santa Anita. If a player wagers on a track other than Santa Anita Park for purposes of the contest, the player may be disqualified and any winnings will not count for contest standings.

Xpressbet.com Entries:

On the day of the contest, after completing registration, the player must log in to their Xpressbet account. During log in, the player will be prompted to select their Main Xpressbet Account or their Contest account. The Contest wagers must be placed through the Contest account.

9. ADVANCE WAGERING:

Advance wagering will not be permitted unless prior approval has been obtained by a contest official. Wagers for each race must be placed after the race prior has been declared official. This rule is designed to maintain an accurate leaderboard. If a player needs to advance wager for any reason, please contact a contest official by phone at (626) 574-6288. The contest official will decide if an advance wager will affect the integrity of the leaderboard. All decisions are final and penalties for violating this rule will be at the sole discretion of contest officials.

10. CASHING OUT THE BALANCE OF THE ON-TRACK PLAYER WAGERING CARD:

Players competing on-track will not be able to cash out their wagering card until after the results of the final live Santa Anita race on Saturday, April 21, 2018 become official. Should the player cash out his/her card before the last live Santa Anita race is official, that player’s entry can be disqualified from any prizes.

Xpressbet.com Entries:

Players competing online will not be able to cash out their account balances until after the results of the final live Santa Anita race on Saturday, April 21, 2018 become official. After the contest is official, the funds from the Contest account will be transferred back to the player’s primary Xpressbet account.

11. IRS WITHHOLDING:

Per the tax rules by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.

12. NON-RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA:

California Revenue and Taxation Code (R&TC) Section 18662 and the related regulations require withholding of California income or franchise taxes from payments and distributions made to nonresidents on California source income. This includes prizes and winnings received by nonresidents for contests in California.

When the total payments or distributions of California source income to the nonresident is greater than $1,500 for the calendar year, Santa Anita Park is required to withhold and remit to the Franchise Board at the current withholding rate (7%).

Note certain exemptions apply, most notable being a California resident.

This section is intended for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as professional tax guidance. Individuals are encouraged to seek professional tax service for further information and guidance.

13. SCRATCHES

If a horse is scratched after a wager is placed, it is the player’s responsibility to change his/her selection prior to the race subject to all other contest and pari-mutuel wagering rules.

14. CONTEST STANDINGS:

Contest standings will be based off of each player’s bankroll on their official contest entry. Standings will rank all bankrolls based off of dollar value from largest to smallest, with first place being the largest bankroll and last place being the smallest bankroll.

Current standings will be posted after every race, or as soon as the information is available. Standings will be posted at xpressbet.com, and on a designated television channel at Santa Anita Park. For on-track contestants, please inquire at the registration desk at Santa Anita for the television channel number.

13. TIES

In a result of a tie between any of the top six (6) finishing positions, the player with the largest dollar amount in total wagers will be declared the winner of the tie and awarded the higher placing in the final official standings. For example, if two players tie for third place and player #1 has wagered a total of $300 ending with a bankroll of $800 and player #2 has wagered a total of $400 finishing with a bankroll of $800 (based on wagering his/her winnings as well as original bankroll), Player #2 will receive the higher placing. If both players wagered the same amount and finished with the same final bankroll, the player with the highest single race profit will be awarded the higher placing in the final official standings. In the event both players wagered the same amount, finished with the same bankroll, and tied with the largest single race profit, the higher placing will be decided by whoever registered for the contest first.

15. NHC TOUR MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NHC:

As required by the NTRA rules: All contest participants must be members of the NHC Tour prior to the start the contest in order to participate in the NHC in Las Vegas. Contest participants may register for the NHC Tour at https://www.ntra.com/membership/ . NHC Tour members must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the NHC in Las Vegas. If a Tour member is already double-qualified, he or she will be playing for Tour points only.

16. INELIGIBILITY / DISCLOSURE:

The following are ineligible to participate in this contest: Contest officials of Santa Anita Park, Xpressbet, and the NHC, and all employees of Am Tote.

If anyone has any ownership interest in any horses running in any of the applicable contest races then all involvements must be fully disclosed to Santa Anita contest officials prior to the start of the contest.

17. TAXES:

Liability for any and all federal, state, and local taxes is solely the responsibility of prize winners.

18. AFFIDAVITS:

Affidavits confirming compliance with all of the rules of this contest will be required of all participants playing on-track. For online participants, registration confirms compliance to the rules, but Affidavits will be required for any winners that participated online before prizes will be distributed. Prize winners acknowledge that if they enter this contest under a fraudulent name and/or Social Security number, they will be immediately disqualified from this and all future contests held by Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc. Positive identification is required of all prize winners. Positive identification is a valid government issued ID with a picture and the same address and birth date used on the entry forms, and/or such other form of identification as deemed adequate by contest officials. Social Security information is also the responsibility of the player. Social Security information must be provided before on-track players are given their bankroll card.

19. JUDGING AND DISPUTES:

The management of Santa Anita Park/Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc. reserves the right to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to this event, without claim for damages or recourse of any kind. The management of Santa Anita Park/Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc. with those decisions to be final will decide all questions and definitions not covered explicitly in these rules.

If for any reason there is a cancellation in racing on Saturday, April 21, 2018 the contest will be based on the races completed during the event. If the cancellation takes place prior to the first race, the contest will be cancelled and all entry fees will be refunded. Santa Anita contest officials will make an announcement and all decisions are final.

Anyone found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that Contest officials believe in their sole and absolute discretion compromises or could compromise the competitive integrity of this contest, including collusion, will be subject to sanctions imposed by Santa Anita Park management. The nature and extent of the sanctions imposed shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of Santa Anita Park management and may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  • Forfeiture of prize money
  • Disqualification from the contest
  • Loss of privilege to participate in future Santa Anita handicapping contests

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