The 2021 NHC Tour Begins Today

NTRA NHC logoLexington, Ky. (January 25, 2021) – The 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Tour officially begins this Friday, January 29 with a $75 online qualifier to be held on, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today.
Friday’s contest will be the first NHC qualifier to offer 2021 NHC Tour points awarded to Tour members who finish in the top 10 percent of officially-sanctioned NHC contests and among the first contests to offer berths to the $3,000,000-estimated 2022 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship to be held at Bally’s Las Vegas January 28-30, 2022. The officially declared Tour points leader will be eligible for a $5 million bonus should he or she win the 2022 NHC.
The 2021 NHC Tour, which offers an additional $365,000 in prize money, runs through January 9, 2022 and is expected to offer hundreds of online and onsite opportunities to compete for an NHC berth. The top 75 individual point leaders on the overall year-end Tour Leader Board, who have not already qualified through an official on-track or online contest, will automatically qualify into the 2022 NHC. Horseplayers cannot buy an entry into the NHC; they must earn a berth in qualifying contests held throughout the year.

How to Participate in the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship

Tour membership of $50 must be paid prior to participating in an online or on-track NHC qualifier to be eligible to win a berth in the NHC. To sign up for the NHC Tour, go to
For more information on the NHC Tour benefits and to view the official rules go to A schedule of 2021 Tour events will be updated regularly at
About the NHC
The NHC is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. There are no bye-ins to the NHC. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. For more information on the NHC, visit

What the Dates for the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)?


NTRA Releases Update on the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship

Thank you for your patience over these last several months as we have attempted to deal with the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. With the health and safety of our participants, guests and team members our highest priority, we have decided to delay the 2021 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) until the summer of 2021. The new date for the NHC will be August 27-29, 2021 at Bally’s.
The new August date is nearly 200 days later than the originally scheduled NHC slated for February 12-14. Although we all are aware that planning for many future events during the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult and unpredictable, we are hopeful that the delay will allow ample opportunity for us to host a successful live event that has become an annual celebration of the horseplayer. Rest assured that Bally’s and the NTRA will be doing everything within our power to ensure the safest environment possible next August. Precautions related to COVID-19 will be finalized and announced as we get closer to the new date and will be based on the most up-to-date local, state and federal guidance. Bally’s and many other Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas already are back open and operating and we appreciate our partners at Bally’s working with us to secure this new date for the 2021 NHC.
Importantly, the change in date for the 2021 NHC will have no bearing on the current 2020-21 NHC Tour which remains set to conclude on its regularly scheduled date of January 23, 2021. Thus, the only individuals who will be impacted by this 2021 NHC date change will be those individuals who have qualified for the 2021 NHC. We anticipate that the 2022 NHC will revert to its traditional February date.
Further details on the new NHC date will be forthcoming in the near future. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you.
Keith Chamblin