01/29/2010 1:00AM

NHC leader setting record pace


LAS VEGAS - Brian Troop, a 61-year-old accountant from Barrie, Ontario, put up a record-setting score Friday to lead the two-day 11th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

Troop's score of $232.60 from 15 mythical $2 win-and-place wagers has put him nearly $80 ahead of his nearest competitor, Gary Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio, who ended the day at $153.40.

The field of 300 makes 15 mythical $2 win-and-place wagers on both Friday and Saturday. Eight of the races are mandatory and the other seven are player's choice from the contest tracks of Aqueduct, Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields. Prices are capped at $42 to win and $22 to place.