Oaklawn Regular Wins Handicapping Championship Final

Aug. 26, 2012

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Track to Send Three Players to Horse Players World Series

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012) – Philip Webber, an Oaklawn regular who had qualified for the $12,000 Handicapping Championship Final during the first of four qualifying rounds, ran away with the two-day contest, besting 77 other handicappers to win the $6,000 Grand Prize and a trip to Las Vegas for the Horse Players World Series at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in February 2013. 

This weekend’s contest was the culmination of a Handicapping Championship Series that began in May. There were four qualifying rounds and the top five finishers from those contests earned a free entry into the Final. Those who hadn’t qualified for the Final during the early rounds, could pay a $200 entry fee to participate. The players were each given imaginary bankrolls of $600 each day and had to place 15 $20 Win/Place bets each day on races from Saratoga, Arlington Park, Monmouth Park, Louisiana Downs and Ellis Park.

Webber, of Hot Springs Village, was sitting in third place after day one, but didn’t waste much time taking control early on day two. He picked a 10-1 shot in the second race at Saratoga and never looked back. Overall, he earned money on eight of his 15 bets and finished with a total bankroll of $2,439. John Cash, of Hot Springs, finished second with a bankroll of $2,075, and Don Allen, of Bradley, AR, was third with a total of $1,993. Cash and Allen won $3,000 and $1,500, respectively, and both will join Webber in Las Vegas for the Horse Players World Series.

The contest paid down to the 10th place and rounding out the prize earners were Robert Foster, of Bismarck, Alan Finley, of Hot Springs, John Webb, of Hot Springs, Robby Echols, of Hot Springs, Rick Johns of Hot Springs Village, Jimmie Smith, of Hot Springs, and Harold Lee, of Kokomo, IN. Sarah Arthur, of Bismarck, won $1,000 for being the first day leader.

To learn more about Oaklawn’s Handicapping Contests, visit www.oaklawn.com or call 501-623-4411.