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Andrew Phillips Wins Opening Day NHC/PYP Qualifier

May 15, 2024


Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC/PYP qualifier on Saturday, May 11 and Andrew Phillips of Neptune, NJ, finished in the top spot with a total of $3,072.

Phillips bested a field that included 138 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into the winning total by betting races from Belmont, Gulfstream and Monmouth Park.  Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $15 per race.

By finishing first, Phillips had his choice of prize. He picked a seat in the upcoming June 1 $2,000 Pick Your Prize Handicapping Challenge (also gets a June 2 contest seat) and takes home the first-place cash prize of $4,600. Second and third-place finishers Terry Flanagan and Tim Hughes are headed to Vegas for the 2025 NHC. Fourth-place finisher Alexander Calzi will join Phillips at Pick Your Prize.

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Andrew Phillips $3,072 $4,600+ PYP Seat
2nd Terry Flanagan $2,650.50 $1,840 + NHC Seat
3rd Tim Hughes $1,202.50 $1,380 + NHC Seat
4th Alexander Calzi $1,043.50 $920 + PYP Seat
5th Matthew Thomas $781.50 $460