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Christy Moore Wins Pick Your Prize Hanicapping Challenge In Record-Sized Field Of 290 Entries At Monmouth Park

June 06, 2022

view of race from seating area

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

A 57” x 57” prize board wasn’t big enough to fit all the prizes at Saturday’s $2,000 Pick Your Prize Handicapping Championship at Monmouth Park thanks to a record 290 entries into the June 4 contest.

In total, a record 25 seats to the National Horseplayers Championship, seven seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and $100,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the Top 32 finishers.

And after snagging victory from the jaws of defeat, Christy Moore is headed to the NHC, the BCBC, and the bank.

Moore entered Monmouth Park’s Saturday nightcap, the final contest race, with just $950.  That left her approximately $8,000 off the lead.  But after hitting a straight $950 exacta – returning $9,690 – Moore found herself atop the official standings.

For finishing first, Moore automatically received a $17,550 cash prize.  In addition, Moore received the first two selections off the overflow prize board.  She selected “BCBC” and “NHC+$6,000.”  All told, the Fishers, IN resident walked away with her $9,690 bankroll, $23,550 in cash prizes, a trip to Las Vegas for the 2023 NHC, and a spot in the BCBC.

Ernest Hey, Jr. finished Saturday’s contest with a bankroll of $9,400 earning him an automatic $9,750 plus two prize selections.  The Lancaster, NY resident selected a BCBC seat plus the top available cash prize of $9,800.

In total, the Top 7 finishers received two prize board selections.  Finishers 8-32 received one pick.

All Pick Your Prize players had to bet a minimum of five Monmouth Park races.   The minimum bet for those races was $200.  Pools available for contest play were win, place, show, exacta and daily double.

Monmouth Park’s next handicapping contest is the $1,000 Haskell Challenge on Saturday, July 23.  Entries can only be played through TVG/4NJBETS or Xpressbet.

For information on future Monmouth Park contests, please contact Brian Skirka at


$2,000 Pick Your Prize Official Contest Results & Prizes

Name Bankroll Prize(s)
Christy Moore $9,690 $17,550, BCBC, NHC+$6,000
Ernest Hey, Jr. $9,400 $9,750, BCBC, $9,800
John Nichols $8,000 $5,850, BCBC, $8,500
Gary Russell $7,532 $3,900, BCBC, NHC+$4,000
David Rink $6,930 $1,950, BCBC, $7,500
John Vail $5,755 NHC+$3,000, $6,500
Jim Tipps $5,640 BCBC, NHC+$2,000
Michael Domabyl $5,192 BCBC
David Nelson $4,905 NHC
Dennis Galvin $4,855 NHC
Thomas O’Conner $4,620 NHC
Michael Caposio $4,492.50 NHC
Dan Bergen $4,365.60 NHC
Michael Caposio (2) $4,240 $5,500
Mitch Schuman $4,105 NHC
Jack Wong $4,168 NHC
Evan Trommer $4,030 $4,500
Rich Averill $3,971.30 NHC
Paul Weizer $3,840 NHC
Anthony Mattera $3,550 NHC
Bill Rendino $3,255 NHC
Scott Cavalieri $3,128.40 $3,700
Kevin Engelhard $3,070.40 NHC
Kevin Matties $3,027 NHC
Jeannie King $3,000 NHC
Brian Fairlie $2,882 NHC
Marshall Gramm $2,687.50 NHC
Corey Esquerre $2,680 NHC
Joe Metka $2,675 NHC
Chris Kinum $2,603 NHC
Ray Arsenault $2,600 NHC
John Kostin $2,550 NHC