Published Sunday, August 1st, 2021   ( 2 years ago )

Siedler Clean Sweeps His Way to $150,000 in Del Mar Challenge

Craig Siedler & Chris Bahr | Benoit Photo

Craig Seidler (L) and Chris Bahr © Benoit Photo

Craig Siedler, from Henderson, NV, catapulted into the lead in the second race Saturday and never looked back in the two-day 18th annual Del Mar Summer Challenge.  Siedler won handily over 127 classy entries with a final bankroll of an unfathomable $100,000 from the $3,000 starting bankroll. Prize winnings totaled $50,000 including $35,000 cash, a $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) entry at Del Mar and an August 21 $5,000 Pacific Classic Betting Challenge Del Mar entry. The final bankroll and prizes totaled $150,000.

Matt Arndt of Tempe, AZ and Jim Meeks from Elko, NV finished second and third to round out the top three. Cash and prizes for Matt were $27,000 while Jim received $15,000. 

Siedler hit exacta and trifecta wagers in the contest’s second race to put him in the lead with a score of over $19,000 then followed that up with a nearly all-time exacta payoff in race 7. Siedler had 78-1 winner Miss Carousel over 27-1 After Midnight an amazing 50 times for more than $51,000 in race winnings. The $1 exacta payoff of $1,025 just missed an all-time Del Mar record. His incredible day ended with $82,617 and he kept firing Sunday pushing his total all the way to the insurmountable six figure finale.

The top five finishers receive BCBC entries in the November 5 and 6 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar.

1 Craig Siedler $100,000.70
2 Matt Arndt $47,080.00
3 Jim Meeks $36,000.00
4 Bill Chenvert $27,400.50
5 Ron Myeress $20,315.20
6 Rob Talstra $14,003.50
7 Michael Shutty $13,000.00
8 Carl Rasak $12,456.00
9 Gary West $11,570.00
10 Steve Eisner $8,416.50