Edited NTRA Press Release — Regarding the first ever Disqualification at the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship Las Vegas, Nevada, January 31, 2022:
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) issued the following statement after its first ever disqualification during the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) which took place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The NTRA disqualified a player from the 2022 NHC for violating the official rules. One of the violated rules states, “All wagers must be placed personally, and in-person, by the Contest Player.” The disqualified player was not present at Bally’s during the NHC tournament and his contest wagers were being submitted on-site by an intermediary without authorization.
No authorization was given to the player to leave Bally’s or the State; he violated both. The rules of the NHC are clearly outlined and all participants are required to sign them prior to the tournament.” NTRA President and CEO Tom Rooney said, “The rules are clear that participants must be onsite to participate in the NHC.
The NHC is the world’s most prestigious handicapping tournament. The integrity of the event is of paramount importance—not just to us but to the thousands of men and women who attempt to qualify and play each and every year.
The NTRA will staunchly and steadfastly follow the rules and defend the integrity of this prestigious event and it’s participants.
The NTRA Release failed to mention that the disqualified handicapper was well known television analyst Jonathan Kinchen. Kinchen later confirmed the disqualification, apologized for not following the letter of the ruling and for proving a distraction, and congratulated winning handicapper, David Harrison