Handicapping Tournaments

Surfside hosts 9 One Day Tournaments for 2017

18 guaranteed NHC spots up for grabs!

National Handicapping Championship qualifiers will take place:

  • April 7 - 9, 2017
  • July 14 - 16, 2017
  • December 29 - 31, 2017

Prizes: 2 spots in Vegas and $5,500 in cash per Tournament.  Entry fee $325/$300 per Tournament. 

2,500 Alumni Bonus every Tournament  - Alumni Rules 2017

 For contest questions email vhiltbold@sdfair.com, or call (858) 755-1167 ext. 1202 (Thursdays - Sunday)

December 29 - 31 Tournament Rules:

July 14-16 Tournament Results:

July 14 - 16 Tournament Rules:

April 7 - 9 Tournament Rules:

April 7 - 9 Tournament Results:


Team Surfside handicapper Jose Arias
2013 Handicapper of the Year!

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 See an interview with Arias'  here

Surfside tourney player Brent Sumja wins the NHC Tour!
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Where to stay

Our Host Hotel – The beautiful Hilton San Diego-Del Mar

Take advantage of special discounted rates for Tournament players available only through this exclusive linkHHR_PropertyName_MASTER_080210(Note:  Leave corporate account number as is on the form as this creates the discount)

Book your rooms early as there is a limited supply and they are first come first serve.

The Hilton Del Mar offers complimentary transportation to and from Surfside.

At the Hilton San Diego-Del Mar, we like to think of our recently renovated hotel as a resort—a quiet, yet dynamic, destination located in San Diego’s affluent beach community of Del Mar, just under a mile from the sandy beach and blue ocean.  Once you walk through our doors, you’ll feel the warmth of our service and the sense of a fresh, vibrant, and friendly destination.

Hotel Front- Day - 320

Fire Pit #2 Night - 320

The NHC takes place each January and is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers. The winner earns $800,000 and the title of Handicapper of the Year, including recognition at the Eclipse Awards the following year. Contestants must qualify (there are no "buy-ins") in one of over 100 qualifying tournaments conducted throughout the year at various venues across the country, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals, one of which is Surfside Race Place.

To find out more about NTRA NHC tour membership, visit http://www.ntra.com/nhcregistration.

Membership in the Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is open to adults 21 years of age or older and requires a one-time membership fee of $50. Membership in the Daily Racing Form NHC Tour is mandatory in order for top finishers of sanctioned NHC qualifying events to be eligible to compete in the January  NHC Finals in Las Vegas. The NHC Tour membership must be in place prior to the start of any given qualifying tournament in order for one to qualify for the NHC Finals at that qualifying tournament.




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