02/03/2018 8:28PM

Darnell atop the leaderboard after WCH day one


Day one of the World Championship of Handicapping is in the books and Tim Darnell sits atop the leaderboard with a score of $118.20 in the two-day, mythical money tournament. Darnell managed seven collections in the 15-race first round. His biggest prices were Lombo ($29.80 win-place combined) in the contest’s 10th event, the G3 Bob Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, and Machismo ($25) in Gulfstream’s eighth in the second contest’s race.

There is no day money in the WCH, however, so Darnell hasn’t won anything yet. Just over half of the starting field of 56 entries will continue on to tomorrow because they landed on the right side of the cut line, which ended up at $42.60. Mike Taylor, recently profiled in Daily Racing Form holds a strong hand with all of three of his entries moving forward to the contest’s second day. He sits in 21st ($69.80), 34th ($58.80), and 44th ($51.80).

It was very competitive around the cutline with two players tying for the final spot: former two-time Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge champ Pat McGoey and Rich Grose both ended the day with $42.60. You have to feel bad for unlucky “Hurricane” Anthony Robb who got the unfortunate distinction of being bubbled out by a mere $0.80. Pat Nufrio was in the same position.

The World Championship of Handicapping continues tomorrow, with the remaining entries competing for $555,000 in cash based on 111 entries at $5,000 each. That amount, and the winner’s share of $138,750, are both believed to be the largest in the history of online contest play. There is no takeout in the WCH.

At the start of tomorrow, the remaining entries will continue through a seven-race segment, with scores carrying over. They will play the following races:

Round 2

2:35 GP-6 Md 25000 6F
2:35 OP-2 Md 40000(40-35) 6F
3:05 GP-7 Md Sp Wt 50k 9F T
3:14 TAM-6 Md 16000 8.5F T
3:23 AQU-6 Clm 25000N2L 8F
3:31 OP-4 Md 12500 8.5F
3:59 OP-5 Clm 8000N1Y 6F

At that point, the field will be halved once again to 28 entries (including ties), and the remaining players will go on to compete in the following races to determine a champion:

Round 3

4:27 OP-6 Clm 30000B 6F
4:37 GP-10 Clm 6250 8F
5:00 SA-7 Md 30000 8.5F
5:08 GP-11 OC 25k/N1X 5F T
5:30 SA-8 Clm 8000 7F
5:38 GP-12 Md 20000 7.5F T
5:52 OP-9 Clm 16000B 6F
6:00 SA-9 Md 50000(50-40) 6.5F

For a look at the real-time, public leaderboard, click here.

The final prize pool will be as follows:

$138,750 to first

$88,800 to second

$66,600 to third

$49,950 to fourth

$41,625 to fifth

$33,300 to sixth

$27,750 to seventh

$22,200 to eighth

$16,650 to ninth

$11,100 to tenth

$9,435 to eleventh

$8,880 to twelfth

$8,325 to thirteenth

$7,215 to fourteenth

$6,660 to fifteenth

$4,995 to sixteenth

$3,885 to seventeenth

$3,330 to eighteenth

$2,775 to nineteenth

$2,775 to twentieth

Players have the option to play along with the final eight races in an array of contests on DRF Tournaments, including chances to start your journey to the 2019 World Championship of Handicapping, plus a free game for DRF Bets customers. Go to tournaments.drf.com to see everything on offer.