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Cettina Defends Home Turf at Last Chance NHC Qualifier

January 02, 2018

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Monmouth Park’s final handicapping contest of 2017 was held Saturday, December 30 and the winner was local contest fixture Roger Cettina of Rumson, NJ. 

 Cettina bested a field that included 188 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into $3,688.35 by betting races from Gulfstream, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay.Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $15 per race. 

By finishing first, Cettina takes home the first place cash prize of $5,000.  In addition, because he is already a double NHC Qualifier, earns an additional $2,500 in lieu of an NHC seat. 

Second-place finisher Frank Sorensen and third-place finisher Stephen Luca will be joining Cettina in Las Vegas for the 2018 NHC. 

In total, the Top 10 finishers are: 

FinishNameBankrollPrize
1stRoger Cettina$3,688.35$7,500
2ndFrank Sorensen$3,404.90$2,000, NHC seat
3rdStephen Luca$2,876.80$1,200
4thJerry McClenin$1,675$700
5thRobin Buser$1,438.10$350
6thDarren Yarwood$1,168$150
7thFrank Sorensen$885$150
8thJohn Kelsey$835$150
9thBrent Johnson$820$150
10thGeorge Shamy$725$150