12/08/2006 12:00AM

New Jersey man lets it ride, scores


Capitalizing on the "all-in" option available to contestants, Edmund Teicht of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., won the Autotote Live Money Qualifier Contest on Dec. 2 to earn a berth in the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship on Jan. 26 and 27 at Bally's Las Vegas.

The Autotote qualifier required contestants to put up a bankroll of $100 and make a minimum of 10 $10 wagers on races at tracks that included Aqueduct, Calder Race Course, Fair Grounds, Philadelphia Park, and Turfway Park. Contestants, however, had the option of exceeding the $10 wagering minimum so long as they met the 10-wager minimum, and were able to bet more than 10 races if they desired.

Teicht, who played through Autotote's On the Wire phone-wagering service, stood with a bankroll of $49 late in the contest, and wagered that entire amount on Drums of Thunder in Calder's 10th race. Drums of Thunder won, paying $14, to boost Teicht's bankroll to $343. Teicht then wagered all of that in the 11th race at Turfway on Tax Refund, who won and paid $6.40, elevating Teicht's bankroll to $1,097.60.

Teicht was in first place with one race to go in the contest, and elected to stand pat. His strategy worked, but barely. Charles Snyder, of Glastonbury, Conn., wagered $250 to win on Sedgefield in Turfway's 12th race. Sedgefield won and paid $7.80, but Snyder fell just $41.60 shy of catching Teicht and winning the contest's only berth to the national championships.

In addition to his spot in the finals, Teicht also won first-place contest purse money of $2,070.


Carl Logan of Lexington, Ky., won the Keeneland Handicapping Challenge on Dec. 2 to earn a spot in the DRF/NTRA national championship, and earn first prize of $16,500.

By virtue of finishing second and third, Joseph Boyle of Monmouth Beach, N.J., and Larry Botkins of Jeffersonville, Ind., also earned berths to the finals.

Logan, who said he had been a patron of Keeneland for 27 years, topped a field of approximately 300 handicappers. Each contestant put up a $150 entry fee, with a limit of three entries per person, and was required to make mythical $2 win and place wagers in 12 different races. Half of the races were mandatory races for all contestants, while the other six wagers were chosen by the contestants from among the tracks on which Keeneland offered simulcast wagering.

Fair Grounds

With a strong second day that saw him ride the crest of a $54.60 winner at Fair Grounds and a $45.20 winner at Aqueduct, Trey Stiles of Houston registered a decisive win in the Fair Grounds National Handicapping Championship Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 2 and 3.

In addition to winning the contest with a final bankroll of $210.50 and collecting first prize of $7,500, Stiles also earned a berth in the national finals

Kathy Hulkewicz of Plano, Texas, who finished second with a final total of $139.80, and Vance Normand of Brusly, La., who finished third, just 60 cents behind Hulkewicz, also qualified for the finals.

The format for this real-money tournament, in which all contestants got back winnings on their wagers, called for 10 $2 win and place bets each day. Half of the wagers on each day were on mandatory races, while the other half were optional races chosen by the contestant. In addition to Fair Grounds and Aqueduct, races from Calder Race Course were also used in this tournament.

Turfway Park

Karen Baker of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., made the most of a Dec. 3 trip to Turfway Park's qualifying tournament for the National Handicapping Championship, a trip that was a surprise birthday present from her husband. Baker won the contest to earn her second shot in the championship finals.

Baker said she has competed in handicapping contests for about seven years and that she qualified once before for the national finals out of Portland Meadows, finishing "about in the middle" of the pack. In addition to her berth in the finals, Baker won first prize of $7,500.

Baker finished first in the Turfway tournament with a final bankroll of $115.20. The contest, which attracted 300 entries, required contestants to make mythical $2 win and place bets on 12 races, six of which were mandatory races from Turfway, and the other six chosen by contestants from races at Turfway, Aqueduct, Calder Race Course, and Fair Grounds.

Bob Williams, of Philadelphia, finished second with a final total of $107.30, just 30 cents more than Diana Ferguson of Columbus, Ohio. Both Williams and Ferguson also earned spots in the national finals.

TVG online contest

Cecil Roberts, Larry Eads, and Robert Moore finished first, second, and third in the TVG Internet Online Handicapping Contest on Dec. 3, earning each a berth in January's national championships in Las Vegas.

The contest required contestants to make win and place bets on races 4, 6, and 7 at Aqueduct, races 6, 7, and 8 at Fair Grounds, and races 5 through 8 at Hollywood Park. Roberts finished with a total of $136.40, ahead of Eads's final tally of $129.10 and Moore's final bankroll of $127.80.