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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: 

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Roger Cettina $3,688.35 $7,500
2nd Frank Sorensen $3,404.90 $2,000, NHC seat
3rd Stephen Luca $2,876.80 $1,200
4th Jerry McClenin $1,675 $700
5th Robin Buser $1,438.10 $350
6th Darren Yarwood $1,168 $150
7th Frank Sorensen $885 $150
8th John Kelsey $835 $150
9th Brent Johnson $820 $150
10th George Shamy $725 $150