MCKAY SMITH - Operator and Tournament Director

When it comes to the sheer number of contests and hours spent directing handcapping tournaments, it's a pretty safe bet that few people, if any, have more experience in contest operation and directing than McKay Smith. Regular online contest players will recognize Smith as the longtime tournament director of NHCQualify.com, from its inception in 2006 to July, 2011. During that time, Smith directed over 100 online contests combined at NHCQualify.com and its later sister site, BCQualify.com.

After a start in big advertising at Leo Burnett USA in Chicago, Smith began his work in horse racing with Breeders' Cup Ltd. in 1999, which later merged with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). He held a number of roles for both organizations from then until 2006, including Breeders' Cup Marketing Manager, Director of New Media and Director of Product Development. During his last two years with the NTRA/Breeders' Cup, Smith oversaw day-to-day administration of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. It was during this time that the plan for NHCQualify.com was put into action, with the site launching in March of 2006.

In addition to his work on NHCQualify.com, Smith founded Beulah Park's first handicapping contest in December, 2006, while employed as the Senior Director of Marketing for AmericaTab, the account wagering company that was later acquired by Churchill Downs. Smith also founded "The BIG One" mega-handicapping contest, which was established first at Ellis Park in 2013 and featured a total purse of over $292,000, making it the richest non-Breeders' Cup handicapping contest to be held at a racetrack.

Beginning in 2009, while working in Ottawa, Canada, as the Vice President of Marketing for Magmic Games, a prominent mobile games publisher, Smith began development of HorseTourneys.com in an effort to help expand online handicapping tournaments both in the U.S. and abroad. Smith is committed to delivering the highest levels of contest integrity, customer support and player satisfaction.

Since HorseTourneys has been in operation since August of 2011, HorseTourneys has introduced several player-friendly initiatives, such as running daily, low-cost feeder contests to major qualifying events; introduction of the PICK & PRAY and ALL-OPTIONAL formats; returning breakage entries directly back to players, leaderboard features exclusive to HorseTourneys and support of many on-track contests, among others.

Smith is a graduate of Indiana University and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife, Indira.