DRF Tournaments

2019 PublicHandicapper Prep

1st Place wins $250!
Plus a three-month standard subscription
to Daily Racing Form Online PPs
(in Formulator *or* PDF versions), and
a Public Handicapper T-Shirt!

1st–20th Place Win a Coveted Public Handicapper T-Shirt!

Monthly Contest

The player with the best record at the end of each calendar month wins a 30-day subscription to
Daily Racing Form Online PPs
(in Formulator 4 *or* PDF versions).
(You must play every race in a calendar
month to be eligible.)


Weekly Prize

Pick all four winners any given week and
win a 10-card monthly subscription to
Daily Racing Form
(in Formulator 4 *or*
PDF versions).

For complete details, read the Official Rules below.
In the meantime, sign up to play!

How To Play

There are just four easy steps necessary to participate in the PublicHandicapper.com Prep

1. Go to the Sign Up to Play! page, fill out the form, and submit it.

2. Go to the Make Your Picks page, use your new user name and password, and just follow the directions. (See the How To Play section of the Official Rules below.) Picks for each race must be made a minimum of 1-hour in advance of the race.

3. After you submit your picks, check out the Standings page to see who the other players like and to see how you're doing.

4. Come back next week to play again and prove to the rest of us that you really know what you're doing. You might just win...

How To Win

To win the PublicHandicapper.com Prep, you must:

1. Play at least 28 races and be 18 years of age or older.

2. Show the highest profit at the end of the contest. In each race you play, you automatically bet a hypothetical $2 to win. If your horse wins, you earn the profit, if your horse does not win, you lose $2 (e.g. If the horse pays $8.40 you get $6.40 credited to your account. If the horse loses, you get $2 subtracted from your account). NOTE: No winning horse will pay out at odds of more than 30-1. Any horse paying more than $62 to win at the track, will pay exactly $62 in the PublicHandicapper Prep.

3. Choose your races carefully. You are allowed to pass races. The only requirement is that you make picks on 28 races by Saturday, April 27, 2019. (And of course that you meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the Official Rules below.)

4. Know what you're doing...

Contest Rules

The Official PublicHandicapper.com Prep Rules


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The PublicHandicapper.com Prep ("Contest") is a game of skill sponsored by PublicHandicapper.com and open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, 18 years of age or older. Employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, and immediate family members of PublicHandicapper.com, and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, are not eligible to participate. CONTEST IS LIMITED TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACTIVE email ADDRESSES DURING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. NO PLAYER MAY HAVE MORE THAN ONE PLAYER ID AND PASSWORD.


Entry into the Contest is FREE. All entries for the Contest must be received by 1 p.m. EST, Saturday, March 16, 2019. All entries become the exclusive property of PublicHandicapper.com. There are two ways to enter.

Entry by Computer: You can enter via computer by filling out the online registration form. Once you have submitted the completed registration form, PublicHandicapper.com will confirm your entry via electronic communication. Each individual player may only enter the Contest once. In other words, NO PLAYER MAY HAVE MORE THAN ONE PLAYER ID AND PASSWORD.

Entry by Mail: You can enter via regular postal mail, but you must have an email address to do so. If you do not have an email address, one can be obtained for free through any number of online businesses, including but not limited to YAHOO! (http://www.yahoo.com) and EXCITE (http://www.excite.com). To enter by mail, hand print your name, postal address, email address, and telephone number on a 3 1/2" X 5" card and mail it to: PublicHandicapper.com, 594 Broadway, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10012. Each individual player may only enter the contest once. NO PLAYER MAY HAVE MORE THAN ONE PLAYER ID AND PASSWORD.

You may not enter online if you enter via postal mail. You may not enter via postal mail if you enter online.

Contest entries will be disqualified at the sole discretion of PublicHandicapper.com if you attempt (i) to enter the Contest through any means other than those outlined in these Rules; or, (ii) to disrupt the Contest or circumvent the terms and conditions of these Official Rules. And, if either of the above occurs, PublicHandicapper.com reserves the right to remedy any such action, disruption, or circumvention in a manner, determined solely by PublicHandicapper.com, that is fair and equitable to Contest participants. PublicHandicapper.com reserves the right to remove any player whose account has been inactive for six or more weeks.

By playing in the Contest, you will receive a minimum of two Contest announcements each week via email. All contestants agree to receive Contest announcements as a condition of entering.

If your email address changes mid-game, do NOT register again under the new address. Use the Change Email link that is available at the top of every page.


The Contest will begin with a race(s) run on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Entries for the first race will be posted on PublicHandicapper.com on Friday, February 1, 2019. The Contest will include a total of 52 races (four races each week), the last of which will be run no later than Saturday, April 27, 2019. Contestants must play a minimum of 28 races in order to qualify for prizes. Note that if there are any race cancellations, the minimum number of races played will be reduced by that number. New registrations made after Saturday, March 16, 2019 will not be eligible for prizes, except for the monthly and/or weekly prize. All of the rules contained in these "Official Rules" apply to the 2019 edition of the Contest only, and not any past or future contests featured on PublicHandicapper.com.


Each week, usually but not always on Friday morning, "This Week's Race(s)" ("Race(s)") will be announced via email to all active players, and on the PublicHandicapper.com Web site. The Race(s) will be a thoroughbred horse race(s) scheduled to take place on the following day(s) at a racetrack of the editors' choosing. The Race information will include the names of the horses scheduled to run, the jockeys, and estimated track odds. PublicHandicapper.com accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the pre-race information.

Each player in the Contest will review and handicap the Race(s) and decide whether or not to play in that week's Contest. (Players must participate in a minimum of 28 races in order to qualify for prizes.) If opting to play the Race(s), a player will then choose the horse he or she believes will finish first, second, and third in each race, and, using the "Player Picks" form, post those picks live on the Public Handicapper Web site. (On days with multiple races, players may play all, some, or none of the races.)

For each Race handicapped, the player will place a hypothetical $2 win bet using PH Money (the bet is made automatically when the picks are posted). If a player's first place selection wins the Race, he or she will have his or her player account credited with PH Money equivalent to the track price on a $2 win bet for that horse, minus the $2PH initial hypothetical wager. If the player does not pick the winner, his or her account will show a loss or debit of $2PH ($2.00). The credits and debits will accrue from week to week. The player with the most PH money in his/her player account at the end of the Contest ("Winner") will win. Only first place ("Win") selections count in the Contest.

In the event that a player's first place horse scratches out of the Race, it will be replaced by the second place horse. If the first and second place horses scratch, they will be replaced by the third place horse. If all horses scratch, the player will have no selection that week.

Coupled Entries
In the event that a player picks a horse that is part of a coupled entry, if both halves of the entry run and the other half of the entry wins, the player will win, just as he or she would win at the racetrack. If however their part of the entry gets scratched, their second place horse will be the contest play. If that is the other half of the entry, then they will win. But if it is another horse, the player does not get credit for the other half of the entry winning, since the player's second place horse is used as the official contest entry.

PublicHandicapper.com reserves the right to remove any player whose account has been inactive for six or more weeks.


No winning horse will pay out at odds of more than 30-1. High priced longshots can skew results, putting true handicappers at a disadvantage. Any horse paying more than $62 to win at the track, will pay exactly $62 in the Public Handicapper.com Prep.


The player finishing in first place (the player with the most money in his or her Public Handicapper account) will win $250.

In addition, the player finishing first will also win:

  • A three-month standard subscription to the Daily Racing Form Online PPs (in Formulator 4 *or* PDF versions)
  • A Public Handicapper T-Shirt
Players finishing 2nd thru 20th will receive:
  • A Public Handicapper T-Shirt

In the event of a tie (two or more players, that are both eligible to win, have the same amount of PH money in their PH accounts), the player that has selected more winning horses will win the first prize package. In the event that two or more players are tied in both PH money AND winners, the players will split the prize money, and the winner of the DRF subscription will be chosen at random.

Winners are responsible for any expenses related to the prize, including any applicable tax, insurance, etc. The total of all prizes is valued at $500. PublicHandicapper.com reserves the right to substitute different prizes of equivalent value.

The Winner will be notified in an email on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The Winner will be announced on the PublicHandicapper.com Web site and in an email to all registered players on or before Wednesday May 1, 2019. Interested parties may also find out who won by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to: Winners List, PublicHandicapper.com Challenge, 1295 Winslow Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

PublicHandicapper.com is a game of skill. Odds of winning are determined by the number of valid entries received and by the skill of the individual contestants. To be eligible to receive prizes, winners must play a minimum of 28 races in the Contest and may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release within 7 days of notice of winning. By entering, each entrant agrees to be bound by the Official Rules and grants PublicHandicapper.com the right to use his/her name, voice, picture and likeness, without compensation, for the purpose of publicizing his/her winning and acceptance of the prize. Entrants release PublicHandicapper.com, its employees, directors, officers and agents, subsidiary and affiliated companies from any and all claims or liability resulting from the Contest and his/her acceptance of the prize. Noncompliance may result in an alternate winner being chosen.


During the Contest, PublicHandicapper.com will award prizes to the players with the best record at the end of each calendar month. Monthly prizes will be awarded for February, March, and April, 2019.

Eligibility rules for the monthly contest are the same as for the Contest, with the additional requirement that players must play every race in the calendar month to be eligible for the monthly prize.

There will be one winner in each monthly contest. The winner will be determined by the same methods as these rules outline for the Contest. The winner of the monthly contest will be awarded a one-month standard subscription to the Daily Racing Form Online PPs (in Formulator 4 *or* PDF versions).

The winner will be notified by email, and the winner's name will be announced on PublicHandicapper.com, in the first week of the month following the month in which the monthly contest took place.


Any player who correctly selects the winner in all featured races in a given week will win a 10-card monthly subscription to Daily Racing Form online PPs (the "Weekly Prize").

There will be a minimum of four races featured each week. In the event that more than four races are featured, players will have to select winners in all races to be eligible for the Weekly Prize. (For example, if six races are featured, players must select winners in all six races to be eligible.)


By entering, participants agree to be bound by these complete Official Rules and the decisions of PublicHandicapper.com, which shall be final. All federal, state, and local laws apply.

PublicHandicapper.com, Contest sponsors and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, and representatives of PublicHandicapper.com and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, promotion and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware, or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; (iii) errors in transmission; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of PublicHandicapper.com that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by a prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or from participation in the Contest; or (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.

PublicHandicapper.com may prohibit any player from participating in the Contest, if at the sole discretion of PublicHandicapper.com, a player repeatedly shows a disregard for the these Rules, or acts (1) in an unsportsmanlike manner; (2) with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other player or PublicHandicapper.com representative; or (3) in any other disruptive manner. PublicHandicapper.com may terminate the Contest early at its own discretion; provided that all prizes will still be awarded.

Winners will be chosen by current player standings in the Contest at the time of termination. Computer entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. NO PLAYER MAY HAVE MORE THAN ONE PLAYER ID AND PASSWORD.


You can contact PublicHandicapper.com at , or by writing to PublicHandicapper.com, 1295 Winslow Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

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