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Ex-NHC Champ John O’Neil Takes 2023 First Chance NHC Qualifier

April 03, 2023


Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC qualifier on Saturday, April 1, and John O’Neil of Huntington, N.Y., finished in the top spot with a total of $2,401.

O’Neil bested a field that included 131 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, O’Neil takes home the first-place cash prize of $6,075. Second-place finisher George Carr and is heading to the 2024 NHC in Las Vegas.

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st John O’Neil $2,401 $6,075+NHC Seat
2nd George Carr $2,152 $2,430+NHC Seat
3rd Bill Rendino $2,120.35 $1,822.50
4th Devanathan Murugesan $1,777.80 $1,215
5th Larry Hall $1,065 $607.50