The first handicapping contest of 2016 was greeted with long lines as a huge crowd of 314 entries gathered Saturday, January 2. The $200 event offered both a "last chance" to the 2016 NHC in Las Vegas as well as a chance to qualify for an opportunity to win a seat to the 2017 NHC.
In the end, it was Monmouth Park contest regular Joe Perry atop the field with a bankroll of $1,809.20. Since Perry had already qualified for the NHC twice, the 2016 NHC seat he earned for finishing first was given to Saturday's third-place finisher John O'Neil - defending NHC champion. Also heading to Vegas was Saturday's second-place finisher Paul Caltagirone.
Perry, Caltagirone and O'Neil - along with the rest of the Top 10 finishers - also advance to the SSC Invitational on Saturday, April 30. That 50-entry contest will award 2017 SSC seats to the Top 2 finishers.
The next qualifier in the Simulcast Series Challenge is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Official Top 10