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Apostolos Takes Simulcast Series Challenge Invitational With Bold Move

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Oceanport, NJ – The Simulcast Series Challenge Invitational on Saturday, April 9 turned into a duel between the top two finishers, Christos Apostolos and Paul Zerbst. Apostolos finished on top with a bold move in the final contest race at Aqueduct. With just over $1,200 in his bankroll going into the last race, Apostolos put a jaw dropping $1,000 place wager on the favorite.


“I got afraid that if I didn’t bet that much and the third place finisher bet his whole bankroll on a 5 -1 shot, he would pass me. So I decided the best play was to bet a $1,000 to place on the favorite. If he won, it would guarantee me the contest,” said Apostolos.


The 4-5 favorite rolled home and rolled Apostolos into the first place spot, earning him $2,500 in prize money and a coveted spot in the 2012 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Paul Zerbst held a clear second ($1,414) over James Templin ($983).


The final wager was just the cherry on top for Apostolos, who played a smart and calculated game in Saturday’s contest. Apostolos hit an impressive 9 of 11 wagers to lead all players with number of winners. A contest player for less than a year, Apostolos showed the same consistency when he qualified in February’s contest to earn a spot in the Finals.


“In my last five years reviewing contest accounts, I’ve never seen such consistency and such a bold move at the end of a contest. It took guts and it made it that much more exciting,” said Monmouth Park’s contest manager Sophia Mangalee.


“There was a joke that I was going to win the tournament because I was drinking Smart Milk the whole week!” said an excited Apostolos.


Apostolos drove 5 hours from Lowell, Massachusetts to be at Monmouth Park Saturday. He left $2,500 richer and with a ticket to Las Vegas. Second place finisher, Paul Zerbst will accompany Apostolos in January 2012.


Official Top Five



City, State


Prize Money


Christos Apostolos

Lowell, MA




Paul Zerbst

Teaneck, NJ




James Templin

West Chester, PA




John Isolano

South Ozone Park, NY




Lawrence Harned

Long Branch, NJ