Thanksgiving NHC Qualifier


Win Entry to the 2024 National Horseplayers Championship


The Hawthorne Contest invites good horseplayers for a no-holds-barred betting contest.  No mandatory races.  Make the bets you want, including multi-race wagers.  Pick from races at several tracks.  It’s a live wager format so you keep what you win with No Entry Fee.

Earn your entry into the richest and most prestigious horse betting tournament in the world: The National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, where hundreds of the top handicappers will compete for over $4,000,000 in prizes (includes travel voucher and 4-hotel nights).  Already qualified for the NHC?  Play for a $1 MILLION bonus!


  • 10 NHC Entries available
  • Three 1-day contests on Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Three $1,000,000 bonuses to whichever player builds the biggest bankroll on each day if that player also wins the 2024 NHC
  • $300 live bankroll on Friday, $500 live bankroll on Saturday and Sunday.  No entry fee
  • Open track format with all same-day wagers allowed on races at multiple tracks (see list below).
  • On-site contest at (6) betting locations (no online wagering options at this time)


Already have two entries for the 2024 NHC?  We’re offering an exclusive alternative prize: an entry to the 2024 Pegasus Betting Challenge!  And of course, you’ll still earn NHC Tour points in these contests, as well as a chance at our $1,000,000 bonus!


Early online registration is now closed.  Players can register at the door beginning at 10AM at Club Hawthorne betting bars in Joliet, Crestwood, Villa Park, Hoffman Estates and Prospect Heights.  **Seat reservations at Oakbrook are sold-out!**


Friday Saturday Sunday
Tampa Bay 11:15 AM Tampa Bay 11:00 AM Aqueduct 11:20 AM
Aqueduct 11:20 AM Aqueduct 11:20 AM Laurel Park 11:25 AM
Laurel Park 11:25 AM Laurel Park 11:25 AM Churchill Downs 12:00 PM
Gulfstream Park 11:50 AM Gulfstream Park 11:50 AM Woodbine 12:15 PM
Churchill Downs 12:00 PM Churchill Downs 12:00 PM Zia Park 1:05 PM
Woodbine 12:15 PM Woodbine 12:15 PM Del Mar 2:30 PM
Fair Grounds 12:45 PM Fair Grounds 12:45 PM Golden Gate 2:45 PM
Del Mar 2:30 PM Zia Park 1:05 PM
Golden Gate 2:45 PM Del Mar 2:30 PM
Golden Gate 2:45 PM

Click Here for Official Rules. Questions?  Email us:  Thanks and good luck!

Event Date(s)

Fri, Nov 24 @ 11:00 AM - Fri, Nov 24 @ 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov 25 @ 11:00 AM - Sat, Nov 25 @ 7:00 PM
Sun, Nov 26 @ 11:00 AM - Sun, Nov 26 @ 7:00 PM


Club Hawthorne & Fanatics Sportsbook at Crazy Pour in Villa Park
Club Hawthorne & Fanatics Sportsbook in Crestwood
Club Hawthorne at Black Eyed Susan in Joliet
Club Hawthorne at Pony Up in Oakbrook Terrace
Club Hawthorne at Player's Pub & Grill in Prospect Heights
Club Hawthorne at The Saddle Room in Hoffman Estates