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Chuck O’Mara Wins June 4 NHC Qualifier

June 08, 2023


On the day after its $2,000 Pick Your Prize Handicapping Challenge, Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC qualifier on Sunday, June 4, and Chuck O’Mara of Nutley, N.J., finished in the top spot with a total of $2,060.50.

O’Mara bested a field that included 105 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into the winning total by betting races from Monmouth Park, Belmont and Gulfstream.  Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $15 per race.

By finishing first, O’Mara takes home the first-place cash prize of $5,375.   O’Mara also won a seat into the 2024 National Horseplayers Championship.  Second-place finisher Michael Samples will be joining O’Mara on his NHC trip.

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Sunday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Chuck O’Mara $2,060.50 $5,375+NHC Seat
2nd Michael Samples $1,504.25 $2,150+NHC Seat
3rd Patrick Grippo $1,362.75 $1,612.50
4th Damiano Sasso $1,298.60 $1,075
5th Janice Fairlie $1,141.45 $537.50