Rios Takes Home December 2 NHC Qualifier

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Monmouth Park’s second handicapping contest of the offseason was held Saturday, December 2 and the winner was Ron Rios of West Chatham, MA.   

 Rios bested a field that included 189 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into $1,890 by betting races from Gulfstream, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay.  Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $15 per race. 

By finishing first, Rios takes home the first place cash prize of $5,050.  In addition, he will be headed to Las Vegas for the 2018 National Horseplayers Championship.  Second-place finisher Phil Lam will be joining Rios in Vegas. 

In total, the Top 10 finishers are: 


Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Ron Rios $1,890 $5,050, NHC seat
2nd Phil Lam $1,475.25 $2,020, NHC seat
3rd Tom Maguire $1,370.50 $1,212
4th Jim Sebes $1,157.75 $707
5th Rene Morety $852.55 $353.50
6th Jim Hom $823 $151.50
7th Brian Ancona $701.75 $151.50
8th Larry Hall $480 $151.50
9th John O'Neil $479.50 $151.50
10th Ed Osterhout $479.50 $151.50