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California Invader Mark Streiff Captures Inaugural $2,000 Pick Your Prize Challenge

June 08, 2016

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Monmouth Park’s biggest handicapping contest ever was held Saturday, June 4 and the winner was Mark Streiff of Mission Viejo, CA. 

Streiff bested a field that included 140 entries from players from 23 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.It was a star-studded field for the inaugural $2,000 Pick Your Prize Challenge – but in the end, it was Streiff on top. 

Streiff turned his starting $1,000 bankroll into $4,740.75 by betting races from Monmouth Park, Belmont and Churchill Downs only.Contest players could only bet win, place, show or exacta and needed to bet a minimum of $100 per race. 

By finishing first, Streiff automatically earned an additional $9,000 and received two picks from the prize board which included 13 NHC seats, 4 BCBC seats and $56,670 cash.With his two picks, Streiff selected a BCBC seat and $14,668. 

In total, the Top 20 finishers received at least one selection from the prize board: 

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Mark Streiff $4,740.75 $23,668, BCBC seat
2nd Joe Perry $4,675 $13,067, BCBC seat
3rd Brent Sumja $4,050 $7,200, BCBC seat
4th George Chute $3,553 $5,467, BCBC seat
5th Lou Filoso $3,201 $4,333
6th George Chute $2,602 NHC seat
7th Gary McMaster $2,600 NHC seat
8th Bill Rendino $2,540 NHC seat
9th Mike McIntyre $2,518 NHC seat
10th Brent Sumja $2,466 NHC seat
11th Jose Appelbaum $2,140 NHC seat
12th Brandon MacDonald $2,088 NHC seat
13th Pete Rogers $2,053 NHC seat
14th Matt Mungiole $2,015 NHC seat
15th Don Chung $2,006 NHC seat
16th Scott Carson $1,945 NHC seat
17th Mitchell Schuman $1,935 NHC seat
18th Jeffrey Pesot $1,853 NHC seat
19th Sally Goodall $1,834 $1,833
20th Steve Orecchio $1,787 $1,102