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AQHA Dash to the Challenge Handicapping Contest Begins

3 May 2001

Amarillo, TEXAS – (Press Release) -- The AQHA Dash to the Challenge handicapping contest, which last year attracted nearly 7,000 entries, is back again for a third year and will once again offer two spots in the $200,000 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship to be held January 2002 in Las Vegas.

The Dash to the Challenge is split into two separate events :an online contest and 13 on-track contests. Each version of the contest will award numerous cash prizes and to the winner of each - free entry, including airfare and hotel, to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

The online contest will be hosted on AQHA's racing site, The Quarter Racing Journal Online. Registration is free and opens on May 3 with the first contest race, the American Airlines Texas Challenge (G2) from Retama Park, scheduled for May 12.

Players will select one horse in each of the nine contest races as the schedule progresses, ending with the September 21 Professional's Choice California Challenge at Los Alamitos. Contest races will take place about every two weeks and players will have access to Daily Racing Form past performances and QRJ Online analysis to help them make their selections.

Online Schedule (Each leg opens one week prior to the race date)

Race Date -- Race Name -- Track

May 12 -- American Airlines Texas Challenge (G2) -- Retama Park

June 2 -- MCI WorldCom East Challenge -- Delta Downs

June 17 -- Bayer Legend New Mexico Challenge (G3) -- Ruidoso Downs

July 4 -- MCI WorldCom Central Challenge -- Canterbury Park

July 14 -- MBNA America Texas Challenge (G1) -- Sam Houston Race Park

August 4 -- American Airlines West/SW Challenge (G3) -- Yavapai Downs

August 25 -- Centaur California Challenge -- Los Alamitos

Sept. 8 -- MBNA America Central Challenge (G2) -- Prairie Meadows

Sept. 21 -- Professional's Choice California Challenge -- Los Alamitos

The on-track contests will be held at 13 locations during the year. Each contest will offer a top prize of $250 cash (and more at some locations) and a trip to Los Alamitos for the October 20 MBNA America Challenge Championships. That same night the final of the Dash to the Challenge on-track contest will be held with only the 13 regional winners participating. The winner of that final will earn $1,000 and a spot in the DRF/NTRA Championship.

On-track Schedule

Date -- Track -- Location

May 19 -- Remington Park -- Oklahoma City

May 26 -- Los Alamitos -- Los Angeles

June 17 -- Eureka Downs -- Eureka, KS

June 24 -- Les Bois Park -- Boise

July 4 -- Canterbury Park -- Minneapolis

July 14 -- Sam Houston Race Park -- Houston

July 14 -- Wyoming Downs -- Evanston, WY

July 22 -- Evergreen Park -- Grande Prairie, AB

August 12 -- River Downs -- Cincinnati

August 12 -- Ruidoso Downs -- Ruidoso, NM

Sept. 8 -- Prairie Meadows -- Des Moines

Sept. 30 -- Turf Paradise -- Phoenix

TBA -- Mt. Pleasant Meadows -- Mt. Pleasant, MI

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