Handicapping Contest Begins at Tampa Bay  

HorseRacingFLA Staff Report

Tampa Bay Downs will begin its fourth annual Live It Up Challenge on Saturday Feb. 11.

There is no cost to participate in this on-line handicapping contest, which will extend through April 2.

Registration is open until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 11.

Registration may be carried out and additional information at the top of this link http://liveitupchallenge.com/   from Tampa Bay Downs.

On each race day, participants must place a mythical $2 Win-Place-Show bet on one horse in one of the day’s two designated challenge races.

Tampa Bay Downs will identify the two races each morning by 7:00 a.m.  on the contest Web site. It also will provide free past performances for the two races.

The deadline for placing each mythical bet is one minute before a race’s post time.

Standings are based on total payoffs on mythical bets.


Note—HorseRacingFLA will report on the standings. We will participate under the name HorseRacingFLA. Our handicapper Bob Bauer and editor Jim Freer will team up for selections.


If a participant has two selections that finish out of the money, he or she is eliminated. However, lifelines may be bought to avoid elimination.

Participants start the “LIVE IT UP CHALLENGE” with one (1) FREE lifeline. A lifeline becomes necessary when a player does not enter selections for a particular contest day OR when the player’s selection in a CHALLENGE RACE fails to finish first, second or third. In either case, the player will lose a lifeline.

This season, players have the opportunity to purchase additional lifelines. Lifelines can be purchased during the following time periods:

  • (2) Lifelines can be purchased at $5 each upon sign-up
  • (2) Lifelines can be purchased on Friday, February 17 for $10 each
  • (1) Lifeline can be purchased on Friday, March 10 for $25

You must be alive in the contest to purchase the additional lifelines. Each player’s lifeline totals will remain confidential.

Eliminated players remain eligible for the bonus prize for overall “MOST WINNERS” at the end of the contest period. Eliminated players will be notified via e-mail


Prizes will be awarded based on the highest final bankroll totals based on pari-mutuel payouts from a $2 across-the-board wager ($2 win, place & show) for each player’s selections.

  • GRAND PRIZE: A seat in the 2018 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship and $1,000 Cash.
  • SECOND PLACE: $1,000 Cash.
  • THIRD PLACE: $500 Cash.