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Cettina Wins NHC Qualifier – Carr, Salsano Headed to Vegas in March

January 09, 2023


Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC qualifier on Saturday, January 7, and Roger Cettina of Rumson, N.J., finished in the top spot with a total of $4,050.

Cettina bested a field that included 133 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into the winning total by betting races from Aqueduct, Gulfstream 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, Cetttina takes home the first-place cash prize of $6,225.   As a double-NHC-qualifier, Cettina also earned a $2,500 bonus.  Second-place finisher George Carr and third-place finisher Frank Salsano are heading to March’s NHC in Las Vegas.

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Roger Cettina $4,050 $6,225+$2,500
2nd George Carr $2,187.75 $2,490+NHC Seat
3rd Frank Salsano $1,789.20 $1,867.50+NHC Seat
4th Al Squillante $1,350 $1,245
5th Devanathan Murugesan $1,192.80 $622.50