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Jason Hillman Wins First-Ever Contest at 2/3 NHC Qualifier

February 06, 2024


Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC qualifier on Saturday, February 3 and Jason Hillman of Cochranville, PA, finished in the top spot with a total of $2,578.50.  This was the first-ever contest win for the 32-year-old.

Hillman bested a field that included 129 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, Hillman takes home the first-place cash prize of $5,925.  Hillman, along with second-place finisher Fiore Esposito, also earned a seat to the National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas.

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Jason Hillman $2,578.50 $5,925+NHC Seat
2nd Fiore Esposito $2,040.30 $2,370+NHC Seat
3rd Pat Nufrio $1,976.75 $1,777.50
4th Joe Perry $1,969.40 $1,185
5th Bob Kadlubowski $1,108 $592.50