01/25/2015 4:52PM

NHC: Contest down to final 10 players

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Jonathon Kinchen, a 31-year-old realtor from Austin, Texas, already earned 11th place money of $25,000 for the second of his two entries in the National Handicapping Championship.

The 16th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is down to 10 players, led by Ken Jordan of Farmingdale, N.J., and his $283.30 bankroll. The 10 leaders will compete in the Final Table tournament this afternoon to settle the ultimate placings, including the $800,000 first-place prize and Eclipse Award winner.

 Beyond Jordan the rest of the Final Table is comprised of John O’Neil ($277.60), Joseph Muzio ($246.30), Matthew Ransdell ($245.20), Jonathon Kinchen ($244.80), Myles Richards ($234.80), Robert Pontani Jr. ($226.50), Mike Ferrozzo ($226), Brian Troop ($223), and Joe Scanio ($222.60).

 Kinchen finished with both of his entries in the top 10 – his other bankroll was $230 – but each individual is permitted only one entry at the Final Table. Kinchen’s highest bankroll carries over to the Final Table while the “other” entry is automatically good for 11th-place money ($25,000).

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 Troop is attempting to become the first two-time NHC winner. He won in 2010.

 The top 10 players carry their bankroll from the Final 50 contest over to the Final Table, where they will place $2 win and place wagers on each of seven mandatory races (all times Pacific): Tampa Bay, Race 10 (1:50 p.m.); Gulfstream, Race 10 (2:06 p.m.); Gulfstream, Race 11 (2:38 p.m.); Oaklawn, Race 9 (3:10 p.m.); Santa Anita, Race 7 (3:30 p.m.); Santa Anita, Race 8 (4 p.m.); and Santa Anita, Race 9 (4:30 p.m.).

 The contest’s last race, the ninth at Santa Anita, was named the “Final Table Finale” by Santa Anita officials. It is a $20,000 maiden claiming event with a $19,000 purse for older horses at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track. A field of 12 is set to compete after scratches of morning-line favorite Next Right and longshot Victory Parade.

The prizes still up for grabs:

First - $800,000 and Eclipse Award for Horseplayer of the Year

Second - $250,000

Third - $125,000

Fourth - $100,000

Fifth - $75,000

Sixth - $65,000

Seventh - $59,000

Eighth - $54,000

Ninth - $52,000

Tenth - $50,000

To reach the Final 50, the 606 NHC entrants were required to place 30 mythical $2 win and place wagers – 15 on Friday and 15 on Saturday. This is the first year with a three-day format, including the Final 50 and Final Table. 

 Final Table participants will be relocated to a single table on the stage of the Treasure Island ballroom that has served as contest headquarters. The Eclipse Award for Horseplayer of the Year and $800,000 in cash are on display at the center of the table as a reminder of what is at stake.

 Live coverage of the Final Table will be live streamed on DRF.com.

 

 

Creighton Schoenfeldt More than 1 year ago
The rules where there for all to read, he did not get a bad deal as mikey so says. as far as i am concerned the ntra should go back to 1 entry period per person. what's next you can buy your way in and have as many entries as you want. hell i thought we were trying to find the best handicapper of the year.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Kinchen got a bad deal.He worked his butt off for 3 days and was treated unfair.You can't take away a spot for being good and working hard.
M More than 1 year ago
800 K? Jeez.. I should get outta trying to own em and try and pick em...
Randy More than 1 year ago
Anybody who saw Union Prayer's last win had to be impressed. She's 35-1 in the Mandatory Gulf 10th.
Randy More than 1 year ago
Of course, wrong distance for her. Has no speed, can run all day. She'll be properly placed next time...maybe. I also had a positive comment for the horse that finished 3rd at 45-1. Yea, that's just great.