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The “Beat Byk NHC Challenge” will return this summer as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Steve Byk, host of the Thoroughbred radio news magazine “At the Races” on Sirius XM, partner to send one NHC Tour member to Las Vegas to compete in the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) next March.

Now in its sixth season, the “Beat Byk NHC Challenge” will be held July 11 through Sept. 2. Each Thursday, Byk will select the weekend stakes races to comprise that week’s promotion and announce them on “At the Races” and on his twitter page, @Steve_Byk. Listeners can visit and can either use Byk’s selection to win the featured race or try to ‘beat Byk’ by selecting another horse.

All who correctly select the winning horse in each round will advance to a NHC “Beat Byk” online qualifier Sept. 14. The winner of the “Beat Byk” online qualifier will represent “At the Races” at the 2025 NHC Mar. 14-16, 2025 at the Horseshoe Las Vegas.

NHC Tour membership is required to compete in the September NHC online qualifier. Complete rules for the Beat Byk Challenge can be found at

“Beat Byk is my favorite highlight of the summer season,” Steve Byk said. “It’s important for there to be ways to get to Vegas for free and I’m delighted that so many players tell me Beat Byk has been a gateway to NHC and contest play in general.”

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