The USTA, in conjunction with http://www.horsetourneys.com/, will conduct a free, online qualifying series of 10 tournaments over five consecutive weekends during January and February that will feature 10 different USTA member tracks.
The winner of each qualifier gains a berth ($800 value) into the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) final at the Meadowlands on April 19.
First prize in the WHHC final is $24,000 with payouts to the top 10 finishers. For more information, visit the Meadowlands website at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/.
Last year's WHHC winner Jeff Klahr was a qualifier from a USTA online contest.
Each qualifying contest will be limited to 12 races and the wagering format will be a $2 win and place bet on each selection.
Contestants can register for free at http://www.horsetourneys.com/and enter each contest individually starting on Thursday (Jan. 23) at 9 a.m., a week before the first contest.
Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances for each contest will be available at http://www.horsetourneys.com/approximately 48 hours before each contest.
Check http://www.ustrotting.com/for regular updates.
Following is the schedule of the 2014 USTA online qualifiers for the WHHC.
2014 WHHC Online Qualifiers
Date-Track-First Post (Eastern time)
Thursday, Jan. 30-Northfield Park-6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31-The Meadows-6:55 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7-Meadowlands-7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8-Yonkers-7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13-Dover Downs-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15-Cal Expo-8:45 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21-Buffalo Raceway-6:40 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22-Pompano Park-7:05 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28-Maywood Park-8:10 p.m.
Saturday, March 1-Balmoral Park-8:10 p.m.