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Fiore Esposito Takes NHC/PYP Qualifier to Kick-Off Live Season

May 17, 2023


Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC/PYP qualifier on Saturday, May 13, and Fiore Esposito of Monroe, N.J., finished in the top spot with a total of $1,740.

Esposito bested a field that included 132 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, Esposito takes home the first-place cash prize of $4,150.   Esposito also won a seat into the 2024 National Horseplayers Championship.  Second-place finisher John Gaspar will be joining Esposito on his NHC trip – while Patrick Grippo and Stelios Kandias earned seats to the June 3 $2,000 Pick Your Prize Handicapping Challenge by way of their respective third and fourth-place finishes.

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Fiore Esposito $1,740 $4,150+NHC Seat
2nd John Gaspar $1,109.80 $1,660+NHC Seat
3rd Patrick Grippo $870.75 $1,245+PYP Seat
4th Stelios Kandias $749.50 $830+PYP Seat
5th Joe Perry $741.05 $415