A record prize pool of $2.36 million was warded in the Horseplayer of the Year Championship that was held fro the 23rd to the 25th of January. This National handicapping championship featured some of the best minds willing to pit their logic and instinct against each other. What was the format of this contest? Whom won and what did they take away for their hard work? Read on as Apex Horse Betting relives the action that took place.
Participants were not allowed to go crazy with exotics or any far fetched combinations. The onus of the contest focused on wagering with win and place bets. Four days spanned the contest with fifteen wagers on both Friday and Saturday. Ten were wagered when the field got down to the Final 50. Seven more bets were the tiebreaker in the Final Table Contest which featured the overall top ten.
John O’Neil is Your Champion
$800,000 an an Eclipse Award were netter by John O’Neil. Hailing from Huntington Station, he took down the contest with a score of $327.20 which topped the field by a wide margin. $291.70 was the second place tally which Ken Jordan generated. He will be going back to Farmingdale New Jersey with second place money. The champ led the first two days but was over taken in the Final 50 as longer shots started cashing. As the field narrowed to the top ten, the short money got him through. The lack of higher odd cashes in the final races brought his correct conservative strategy home.
This contest was very lucrative for the top ten finishers. Even tenth place took home $50,000. Congratulations to all the handicappers who cashed and we wish good fortune for those that plan to take down the crown next year.