The National Handicapping Championship will go from a two-day format
to a three-day format in 2014, the organizers announced on Tuesday, with
the top competitors in the first two days squaring off for the final
prizes during the third day.
The change is the first major
revision of the format since it was launched 14 years ago. In addition
to the establishment of a “final table,” the organizers also said that
players will now be allowed to have two entries in the championship,
though only one can be used to advance to the third day.
Wing, a spokesperson for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association,
which organizes the championship with Daily Racing Form , said that the
total number of players who will advance to the third day has not yet
been determined, though it is likely that the number will be 10 or 12.
The concept borrows from poker tournaments, in which the top players of
the tournament square off against each other at one table.