11/01/2014 10:06PM

Fornatale: Bayern gives Traynor win in Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge


Chaos reigned at the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge after the controversial ending to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bayern’s victory gave Robert Traynor the win with a score of $71,000. Traynor reportedly had a $10,000 win bet on Bayern. In addition to the money he won, Traynor takes home $230,000 in prize money for a total haul of more than $300,000 at the BCBC.

Paul Weizer, in front going into the Classic, ended up with $54,770, good for an additional $130,000 in prize money. Weizer, a mild-mannered school teacher from Massachsusetts, is a fixture on the tournament scene whose previous wins include the Wynn Handicapping Challenge.

John Conte, well known as the 2009 National Handicap Championship winner and from the cast of the “Horseplayers” television show, won $80,000 for his third-place finish. His final bankroll was $44,958.50. Conte and his playing partner, Hal Wafer, an NHC Players’ Committee member, went all in on the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Karakontie.

Conte’s “Horseplayers” castmate, Daily Racing Form handicapper Matt Bernier, playing for the benefit of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, finished sixth with $38,154 plus $35,000 in prize money. Bernier’s big winners were Texas Red in the Juvenile and Work All Week in the Sprint.

Television personality Kenny Mayne ran ninth with a final bankroll of $31,833.60, good for an extra $20,000.

Curtis Meyer, who at one point was in first, with his wife, Ming Meyer, in second, secured an NHC spot by finishing 15th with $27,083.10 in bankroll and $10,000 in prize money.

Because Bernier, as a DRF employee, is ineligible for the NHC, the other players in the top 16 all will advance to the NHC. Here’s a list of the top 16:

No., Player, Bankroll, Additional Prize Money
1  Robert Traynor $71,000.00    $230,000.00
2  Paul Weizer $54,770.00    $130,000.00
3  John Conte $44,958.50    $80,000.00
4  Nicholas Tammaro $44,674.80    $60,000.00
5  Bob Graham $39,071.90    $45,000.00
6  Matt Bernier $38,154.00   $35,000.00
7  Gordon D'Angelo $33,126.10    $30,000.00
8  Ed Briggs $31,950.50    $25,000.00
9  Kenny Mayne $31,833.60    $20,000.00
10  Anthony Acierno $31,211.00    $15,000.00
11  Jose Raphael $29,769.00    $14,000.00
12  Mark Myrick $29,415.00    $13,000.00
13  Jeff Komins $29,260.00    $12,000.00
14  Harry Fry $28,297.00    $11,000.00
15  Curtis Meyer $27,083.10    $10,000.00
16  Todd Urbina $25,300.50    NHC Spot

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The BCBC is the world’s premier live-bankroll betting contest. Many players qualify for the BCBC through live events or via BCQualify.com, but they can also buy in for $10,000. Over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup, players must make a minimum of 10 bets on the Breeders’ Cup races and undercard. Available bets include win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta.


Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like reading your articles. I find them very informative. It would be helpful if you could post, at least for the top five finishes, their bets for the Breeders' Cup challenge. How they reached their bankroll would be very educational. Thanks, Larry
More than 1 year ago
winner all in on bayern, 2d and 3d, all in karatonie, nick t in 4th hit a whole bunch of tris. Not sure abt 5th. Matt backed Texas Red and Work All Week for $1k each. Hope this helps!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks. But I was looking for the specifics, the way Matt posted his wagers.
More than 1 year ago
Sorry but that information isn't available.
Edward Wright More than 1 year ago
Larry, Matt posted his picks live on his DRF blog page. http://www.drf.com/blogs/drf-handicapper-matt-berniers-breeders-cup-betting-challenge-picks
riddick More than 1 year ago
Matt Bernier? That kid got good quick
More than 1 year ago
He's the man!
mikey More than 1 year ago
Shame on all horse players.Pete you covered this event from gate to wire and no one gives you a shout out.You are our only link to these events and i say thank you.Keep up the great work and keep the updates coming.
David G. More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Matt Bernier on an excellent finish in the challenge
Parker Wheat More than 1 year ago
In the very first Breeders Cup Classic, Gate Dancer was disqualified for doing far less than Bayern did. Bayern not only came out taking a sharp left but no attempt was made to straighten him out for several strides. The result was that he not only took out Shared Belief, probably knocking the wind out of him, but he also eliminated the other speed horse in the race when Shared Belief was slammed into Moreno. When carried a little wide by Espinosa in the Awesome Again, Shared Belief was far less bothered as there was no contact made. Yet, the stewards gave Espinoza seven days and did not allow him to ride in any stakes races. There is NO WAY Bayern should be HOY off of this miscarriage of justice. Although I bet against Chrome in every race after the Santa Anita Derby, I think his body of work is better. I thought Shared Belief was overrated but he showed a lot of determination after getting such an unfair start but I still think CC deserves it for winning 2/3 of the Triple Crown and running very creditably in the BCC. So, CC should be Three Year Old of the Year and Main Sequence HOY. Main Sequence had a better year than Wise Dan did last year and Wise Dan was still named HOY.
M More than 1 year ago
California horse racing = Pro Wrestling...cue the music (Tony Bennett)..."The Best is Yet to Come"...
mikey More than 1 year ago
This contest is 2 days of hard work.Why can't DRF or NBC cover this on line.This is the WS of horse racing.The wsop get TV coverage why not racing.The BC and DRF hype this contest all year and why not give you some live coverage.
Cougar Paisley More than 1 year ago
I would be curious to learn the details of the last race wagers (Classic) of the contestants and what impact the inquiry decision had on the final results.