07/26/2005 11:00PM

Colonial winner triumphs by $2.60

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Michael Teal of Suffolk, Va., defeated 169 players to score a narrow victory in the $9,500 Colonial Downs Handicapping Classic on Saturday and Sunday.

Teal built a mythical bankroll of $136.60 based on $2 win-and-place bets on 16 Colonial Downs races during the tournament, which was expanded to a two-day format for the first time. Teal earned the grand prize of $3,500 and qualified for the $500,000 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship on Jan. 27-28, 2006, at Bally's Las Vegas.

Teal edged runner-up Rob Clayton, of Wilmington, Del., who finished with a $134 bankroll. Robert McAndrew of Somers Point, N.J., finished third with $125. Clayton and McAndrew also qualified for the NHC.

Teal, 49, a civilian worker in the Air Force, ended Saturday with a bankroll of $42.40. On Sunday, he nailed longshots Oath of Office ($25 win, $9.60 place) in the second race and Maybe Satisfied ($26.80, $11.40) in the fourth. He sealed the win by selecting Halloween Fun ($5.40, $3.20) in the eighth and Satan's Code ($7.60, $3) in the ninth.

Past NHC qualifiers finish 1-2

Sydney Cohn, a retired advertising executive from Roslyn Heights, N.Y., won the $12,000 first prize in the Palace Crown Handicapping Tournament at Nassau OTB's Race Palace in Plainview, N.Y., on Saturday.

Cohn, 78, who played in the 2002 NHC, defeated 13 other past NHC qualifiers, who were among the 100 players (122 entries) in the tournament.

Cohn's bet on maiden 2-year-old Loushe, who paid $44 to win and $14.40 to place in the third at Belmont, helped him compile a $149.10 bankroll based on 10 mythical $2 win-and-place wagers on races from Belmont, Arlington, Monmouth, and Del Mar (races 1-3).

Dennis Sudul, of South Salem, N.Y., a two-time NHC qualifier who has won five tournaments, surged late to finish second. After hitting Loushe early in the day, Sudul nailed 36-1 shot Maddy's Bobcat in Arlington's 10th, the last race of the tournament. He finished with a total of $128.60 and earned $4,840 in prize money.

Cohn and Sudal also earned berths into the Horseplayer World Series at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 19-21, 2006.

The next Nassau OTB handicapping tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30.

Roe bests 3,900 in online contest

Glenn Roe of Loudonville, N.Y., topped about 3,900 entries to win the online Claiming Crown Handicapping Challenge on July 16 and qualify for the NHC.

Roe built a bankroll of $130.40 based on $2 win-and-place bets on the 11-race Canterbury Park card.

Maria Huhn ($125.40) of Little Falls, N.J., and Pete Kokolakis ($119) of New York City finished second and third, also qualifying for the NHC.

Two NHC berths up for grabs

Suffolk Downs will offer two berths into the NHC in its upcoming qualifying tournament Saturday, Aug. 6.

Players will be required to place mythical $20 win-and-place bets on one horse in each of 15 pre-selected races from Suffolk, Calder, Del Mar, Monmouth, and Saratoga.

Players can pay the $40 entry fee in person on the day of the tournament, which will be held in the Topsider Room. The contest will be limited to 300 entries, and cash prizes will be paid down to 10th place.

For more information, call the publicity office at (617) 568-3220.

Sunland contest around the corner

Sunland Park will hold a $10,000 qualifying tournament Aug. 6-7 for the NHC. The first three finishers in the Sunland tournament will advance to the NHC.

A prize of $10,000 or 100 percent of the entry fees - whichever is greater - will be paid out through eighth place, with 50 percent going to the first-place finisher, 25 percent to the second-place finisher, and 10 percent to the third-place finisher.

The entry fee is $100 through Aug. 3, and $200 after that.

- additional reporting by Mary Rampellini