Chris Russo of Wall, New Jersey blew by the field to take first in the Simulcast Series Challenge #2. Russo captured the top prize of $13,250 and advances to the Simulcast Series Challenge Invitational on April 28.
Russo's $702.80 was much the best after he threw down $90 to win on the victor in the final race at Tampa. The winner paid a handsome $15.60 to reward Russo's gamble and vault him to the lead. Lawrence Harned ($600) and Bill Rendino ($512.60) rounded out the top three.
An impressive 265 entries bolstered the total prize money to $26,500, all of which was returned to the top ten finishers. Top fifteen will advance to the Simulcast Series Challenge Invitational on Saturday, April 28 to compete for two spots to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
Players had a starting bankroll of $100 and were allowed contest wagering on Aqueduct, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Wagering format was limited to win/place/show and players had to wager on a minimum of ten races and a minimum bet of $10 per race (one horse per race).
The final Simulcast Series Challenge qualifier is on Saturday, March 24.
*Indicates non-NHC Tour Members. Players will compete for prize money only in the SSC Invitational.
Note: Prize money based on 265 entries.
Sal Verderame and Chris Russo are now tied for the lead in the 2012 Monmouth Park Player of the Year Standings! Updated Standings Here.
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