11/06/2017 3:40PM

Tackett goes on tear to earn WCH berth


DRF Tournaments was a busy place on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, with several players winning seats to upcoming important handicapping contests.

Two players won $5,000 seats for the upcoming World Championship of Handicapping with its $1 million, no-takeout finals. Ronald Tackett was best in the 23-entry contest. He was good early and late in the event that covered all nine of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races. His first cash came right off the bat with Caledonia Road ($52 win-place combined) in the Juvenile Fillies. Later on in the card, he hit in three out of four races with Roy H ($16.80), Good Magic ($34.40), and Talismanic ($41). He ended up with $144.20, just $3 ahead of second, but well clear in the qualification zone in an event that advanced the top two spots to the WCH finals.

Second-place went to Ed Peters. He started slowly but went on quite a run, creating his own personal rolling pick five in the midst of Breeders’ Cup Saturday. It all started with Wuheida ($36.80) in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and continued with Roy H, World Approval ($12.20), Good Magic, and Talismanic. His total of $141.20 was $25 clear of Carl Rasak in third.

Also on Saturday, Michael Caposio ($107.80) won his way to next weekend’s Del Mar Fall Challenge, a two-day, live-bank contest at the seaside track. Facing a field of only 11 other entries, he was able to get away with a much lower winning total. His collections came courtesy of Caledonia Road, Amis Mesa, Imperial Hint, and Good Magic.

Saturday also saw two players win entries to the upcoming Aqueduct Challenge – Joseph Cirone ($70) and Gary Gristick ($53.60). This was a field of 23 entries, but the contest utilized the all-in format, meaning picks couldn’t be changed along the way. This accounts for the dramatically lower totals. Cirone had three collections, all winners – Roy H, World Approval, and Talismanic. Gristick connected with Wuheida and Roy H, and that was enough.

Sunday was understandably a much quieter day on DRF Tournaments, but there was still plenty of action. Joseph Lindemann won his $500 seat to the upcoming Aqueduct Challenge with a score of $58.20. He had four collections, all returning double digits, including Dubai Bob ($11.60) in the penultimate contest race from Gulfstream Park West. Those points gave him a lead he would not relinquish in the 10-runner field.

Contest actions returns to DRF Tournaments on Wednesday. The highlights of the upcoming weekend include a Grade 1 qualifier for the World Championship of Handicapping as well as another one-day qualifier for the Aqueduct contest, which will take place Nov. 18..

For more information, as well as a list of all upcoming tournaments, check out tournaments.drf.com.