02/28/2004 1:00AM

Hogan takes Turf-Vivor lead

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Danny Hogan vaulted into first place after the second day of Gulfstream Park's Turf-Vivor III handicapping tournament. John Silvertand was second and there was a three-way tie for third between Joe Scanio, John Pappalardo, and Mark Richards.

Hogan's picks earned $55 on Saturday to build his bankroll to $108.60 after the first two days of the tournament. Hogan won $2,000 for being the leader after two days. Silvertand was next with $98.80 and won $1,500. Scanio, Pappalardo, and Richards split up the $1,000 third-place prize.

The top 16 bankrolls will be seeded and compete Sunday in a head-to-head match-up that pits 1 versus 16, 2 versus 15, etc. The last handicapper standing will walk away with $100,000, while the runner-up gets $10,000.

The others who made it into the Sweet 16, with their bankrolls, are Jeff Sotman ($95.20), Craig Kaufman ($93.60), John DeVincenzo ($92.80), Alfred Kuschner ($92.60), 2002 Turf-Vivor winner Jim Mineo ($91.80), Tom Quigley ($89.80), Michelle McSweeney ($86.40), William Guenther ($86.40), Robert Gianquitti ($86), Mike Mayo ($85.20), and Barry Rosa ($84.80).

William Connery Jr., who was leading after Friday with a bankroll of $83.40 did not add to it on Saturday and finished 17th, thus failing to qualify for Sunday's final.