Tommy Massis (left) and Contest Director Chris Bahr ©Benoit Photo
Tommy Massis of Ontario, Canada, took the lead in today’s 5th race and never looked back in the 2015 Del Mar November Handicapping Challenge. Massis turned his starting bankroll of $3,000 into $18,064 keyed by a $9,000 win bet on 5th race winner Anthonysgotgame, an even money favorite. Massis, fresh off a win in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, won the first place cash prize of $32,000, giving Massis $50,000 in total prizes.
Second place went to Day One leader Brooks Schuler from Huntington Beach, CA, with final winnings of $14,000 which was good for $16,000 in Cash winnings. The Day One prize was an entry into the 2016 Del Mar Summer Challenge, a $7,000 entry fee.
Linda Rodriguez, of Del Mar, CA, finished third with winnings of $11,565 earning a cash prize of $8,000.
Given Massis is already double qualified to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), 2nd through 6th place earned berths in the $2.5 million NHC in January.
|Del Mar Handicapping Challenge Final Results (starting bankroll $3,000):|
|2||Brooks Schuler||$14,000.00||$16,000||NHC Entry|
|3||Linda Rodriguez||$11,565.00||$8,000||NHC Entry|
|4||Brian Herrity||$9,631.00||$6,000||NHC Entry|
|5||Jose Arias||$8,855.00||$4,000||NHC Entry|
|6||Justin Larsen||$6,210.45||$4,000||NHC Entry|