DAILY RACING FORM / NTRA PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Name: Christian Hellmers
Resides: Del Mar, CA
Occupation: Entrepreneur and Wellness Coach
Favorite Track: Del Mar Racetrack
Favorite Wager: Win
Qualifying Site: NHCQualify.com
How did you first get into horse racing? My father introduced me to the races at Del Mar after my family moved down from Long Beach. I have loved analyzing this game since the age of fourteen. I still do to this day.
What is your biggest finish in a handicapping tournament, and what is your largest payout? I finished first in the Santa Anita Handicapping Tournament in 1998 as part of the twentysomething "Pick6Boys" with Nissan Gabbay and Kevin McFarland for a $24,000 payout.
I finished second in the 2011 and 2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge earning over $121,000 and over $150,000 after starting with a bankroll of $7500. I am a true calculated risk taker and it has paid off.
What wager created the largest payout for you? I have hit the pick 6 for over $45,000 as part of the Pick6Boys. I put $5000 on St. Nicholas Abbey and $500 on the exacta in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf to win over $40,000 and propel me to the lead in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. The rest I will keep private.
Do you have any interesting hobbies, experiences or past accomplishments that others might find unique or interesting? I live in the moment, run half/full marathons, eat healthy animal friendly vegan food, love the "Burning Man" art festival and lifestyle, spin a fire staff, adore the ocean, use muscle-testing often and respect David Hawkins' work, coach people on alternative health, nutrition, dating and relationships. I live with six other brilliant people in a mansion known as the "The Passion Mansion". I have traveled around the world as a Director for Betfair attempting to legalize exchange wagering but came up empty yet led the TVG acquisition for Betfair Limited. I teamed up with fellow UCLA engineering students to disrupt the music industry's business model at internet start-up Scour.net. I teamed up to be part of several internet start-ups, ie. DivXNetworks et al and worked alongside brilliant young technology minds. And I am a big believer in the healing powers of quantum light and positive energy ;).
What is your most memorable horse racing experience? It is an eight-way tie.
1) Hitting my first pick 6 at the age of 21 for $45,000 with my two closest friends.
2) Hitting 5 of 6 in the pick 6 at the age of 33 for approximately $14,000 - live on TV as part of the Pick6Boys.
3) Winning a live money tournament for $23,000 with the Pick6Boys at the age of 21.
4) Helping Betfair acquire TVG for $50 million.
5) Most recently finished second in the 2011 and 2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge earning $121,000 and $150,000.
6) Admiring Tiznow win the Breeders' Cup Classic for a second time.
7) Seeing Silver Charm and Monarchos win the Kentucky Derby.
8) Watching Zenyatta beat the boys, almost twice.
Does anyone else in your family share your enthusiasm as a horseplayer? My old man used to love it. Now that he has passed no one else comes to mind oddly enough.
What would you do with the NHC grand prize if you won? I would build a symbolic piece of art for next year's Burning Man festival. I would donate 5-10% to retired horse programs, explore ways to raise consciousness in health for animals and the planet, as well as help out my family and friends and local artists in need.
What accomplishment in life are you most proud of? My skills as a horseplayer.
NHC TOUR FREE ONLINE CONTEST - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
There are ten NHC 15 seats up for grabs in the last two 2013 DRF NHC Tour free online challenges. Registration for the September 7 contest is now open. Go to http://games.ntra.com to register. The date for the final free NHC Tour contest is Saturday, October 5. Each free online contest will award five 2014 NHC berths, including a four-night complimentary stay at Treasure Island Las Vegas and a flight reimbursement up to $400.
SEPTEMBER NHC CONTESTS
TwinSpires.com - Sept. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Surfside Race Place - Sept. 6, 7 & 8
NHC Tour Free Online Challenge - Sept. 7
NHCQualify.com - Sept. 7 & 28
Barrett's Race Meet at Fairplex Park - Sept. 13, 14 & 15
Horsetourneys.com - Sept. 14, 21 & 29
Arlington Park - Sept. 14-15
Monmouth Park - Sept. 15
Mountaineer Park - Sept. 15
$100,000 First-Place Guaranteed Players Challenge - Sept. 20-21
Arlington OTB - Sept. 21-22
DRF Bets - Sept. 28 - Details coming soon.
RESULTS & RECAP
Click here for a recap of the Woodbine Handicapping Challenge - August 24-25.
For results from NHCQualify.com and Derby Wars click here.
STANDINGS & LINKS
Click here to enter the September 7 DRF NHC Tour Free Online Challenge.
Click here for the current 2013-2014 NHC Tour schedule.
Click here for an alphabetical list of current 2013 NHC qualifiers.
Click here for the overall 2013 DRF NHC Tour Leader Board.
Click here for the 2013 DRF NHC Tour First-Half Leader Board. The First-Half Leader Board standings will be official Monday, August 5. The top eight finishers will receive cash prizes.
Click here to join the 2013 DRF NHC Tour.