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Belmont Stakes Challenge to feature $1 million bonus

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced that the Belmont Stakes Challenge, a two-day live-money handicapping tournament during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, will now feature a $1 million-bonus awarded to the contestant who first wins the Belmont Stakes Challenge and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in November.   With a guaranteed prize pool of $110,000, Belmont Stakes Challenge entrants will also compete for one seat to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge, four seats to the National Handicapping Championship and two seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in which the winner of the Belmont Stakes Challenge can now earn the $1 million dollar bonus if he or she goes on to also win the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.   The 2017 Belmont Stakes Challenge has an entry fee of $10,000, of which $2,500 will go directly to the prize pool with the remaining $$7,500 comprising each participants’ bankroll. Eligible tournament races at Belmont Park will start on Friday, June 9 and end with the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 10. Contest players can make win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta wagers.   Online registration for the Belmont Stakes Challenge is now open via or and close on Wednesday, June 7, at which time full payment is required.   For full contest rules and more information on the Belmont Stakes Challenge please visit  


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