05/29/2017 10:10AM

Three qualify for Monmouth Pick Your Prize


On Sunday on DRF Tournaments, three players won their way into this weekend’s Monmouth Pick Your Prize contest. Initially, Sunday’s contest was limited to 46 entries and two seats, but demand was so strong that a second contest, which attracted 36 entries, was posted.

The initial contest was won by Robert Masterton, who finished with $115.90. He cashed in nine of the 12 contest events, with his biggest-priced winners being Domonette ($27 win-place combined) in Churchill’s seventh and Shake Things Up ($25) in Monmouth’s sixth.

Allan Sadler got second with $93.10, finishing $14 clear of third. He collected points in eight races, including the first four. His biggest price was Shake Things Up, and he also managed double-digit hits in three of the last five contest events.

In the other Monmouth contest, Mark Stanton was best with $99.20 after cashing in five of the first six races. He had Domonette and Shake Things Up but also scored with Lookin for a Kiss ($40.60) in Churchill’s sixth race. From there, he was able to play defense and held sway in the end by more than $12.

Stanton, 41, got involved in contests in 2015 after a shoulder injury impeded his “1-A hobby,” golfing. “I got more involved in contest play to offset the withdrawal symptoms of the golf void,” he said. “This has resulted in three things. My golf crew had to get real jobs because they weren’t able to fleece me anymore. My golf tan is gone, and my skin is now one color – pale. And I have put a tremendous amount of effort into contest play and following the nuances of certain racetracks.”

Also last week on DRF Tournaments, seven players won into the Belmont Day Grade 1 qualifier for the World Championship of Handicapping, and that was before Monday’s action. Play on DRFT will resume Thursday, with a first-round qualifier held every day. Entries cost $95, and one in seven will advance to Belmont Day, where one in 10 will win $580 entries to the $1 million, no-takeout WCH.

The featured event on DRFT this weekend is the last-chance qualifier for the Belmont Stakes Challenge. There will be a first-round event Saturday that costs $90 to play. One in five entries goes on to the Sunday qualifier. Players can also buy in directly on Sunday for $410, and one in 30 will win a prize package worth $10,500.

For more information, including a list of available formats and tournaments, go to tournaments.drf.com.