Hellmers and Hartshorn Running One-Two in the Del Mar Challenge
Christian Hellmers of Del Mar and Steve Hartshorn of Fallbrook, CA, were the top two finishers on day one of the 14th annual Del Mar Handicapping Challenge. Hellmers turned the $5,000 live money bankroll into $33,800 with Hartshorn a close second with $31,804. Both of the leaders are in prime position for a $1 million bonus if they win the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Del Mar in November.
More than $300,000 in prizes is at stake in the two-day Challenge. First Place takes home $120,000 including a full $10,000 entry in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge plus all bankroll winnings. The top eight finishers after Sunday’s races will all receive entries in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in February with an expected $2.5 million in prize money.