Q:What Is is the intersection of Generosity, Competition, and Speculation in the form a horse racing handicapping contests offered to assist the awareness and funding of charities selected by the competitors.


Q:What Is The Origin Of evolved initially from my epiphany on 19 December 2015. I wanted to couple the positive attributes of the various winter holiday observances with the desire to watch and play the classy stakes races to be run the following Saturday, Boxing Day.

The Boxing Day Betting Challenge, #boxdaybc, was the first ‘Winner Gives All’ handicapping tournament. In the spirit of the horse racing twitter world uniting for good, I proposed the Boxing Day Betting Challenge. All participants voluntarily put up $20 to compete in a mythical bankroll handicapping contest where the winner got to decide what charity received all of the contest pool. That’s right 100% takeout rate. The contest encompassed the 14 Boxing Day thoroughbred stakes with purses in excess of $75,000 contested in North America on that Boxing Day.

Allan Gregory, @Racing2theShore, who was one of dozen trailblazing contestants, won in an exciting come from behind finish on the last race of the Boxing Day Betting Challenge. Allan played for the Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund.

The second ‘Winner Gives All’ handicapping tournament was offered on 30 May 2016, Memorial Day. The Memorial Day Betting Challenge, #MemDayBC, was similarly formatted as the Boxing Day Betting Challenge but became a web form based contest with the option of alternates for scratched selections. Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) partnered to help promote the contest on fifteen races. I sweetened the deal by donating four tickets to the 157th running of the Queen’s Plate. In an unexpected coincidence, HRRN broadcaster, Jude Feld won the Memorial Day Betting Challenge while playing for The Fisher House Foundation.

Q:Is Gambling? is not pari-mutuel gambling. It is a skill-based horse race handicapping contest site.

Q:What is the designated currency of contests?
A:Unless otherwise stated, all donations/entry fees for handicapping contests are to made in US Dollars.