07/18/2006 12:00AM

Wolfson, Sr. qualifies at Colonial


Steve Wolfson, Sr. rallied powerfully from off the pace to defeat 185 other entrants in the July 8 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping qualifier at Colonial Downs. Along with a spot in the at Bally's Las Vegas next January, Wolfson also won $7,600 in prize money.

The Colonial Downs qualifier consisted of six mandatory races from the live card as well as six optional events to be chosen from Colonial, Arlington Park, Belmont Park, and Churchill Downs. Mythical $2 win-place bets were wagered on one horse in each race. The entry fee for the contest was $150, and the top 20 finishers shared the $14,780 prize pool.

Wolfson struggled early, but soon hit his stride after collecting on Bestowed ($6.20, $3.80) in the fifth mandatory race. In Churchill's ninth race, Wolfson correctly selected Bark Alley ($30.60, $16.60), and he put the icing on the cake with Silver Timber ($37.40, $11.20) in Belmont's tenth race. Wolfson finished with a bankroll of $110.20. George Duncan finished second with a bankroll of $99.20 while Joseph Scanio placed third with $87.80. Defending Colonial qualifier champion Michael Teal finished twenty cents behind Scanio. Duncan and Scanio will join Wolfson in Las Vegas for a shot at the National Handicapping Championship.