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Larry Bergen Wins Last Chance Qualifier; Joins Son in Vegas
February 06, 2023
Larry Bergen already had a party scheduled for after Saturday’s Last Chance NHC Qualifier at Monmouth Park. Did he predict his own victory and pre-plan a celebration? No, it was his birthday party. But after winning a trip to the NHC and $7,875 in prize money, Bergen had a lot more than a birthday to celebrate.
Larry Bergen now joins son Dan Bergen as qualifiers to next month’s NHC in Las Vegas.
Monmouth Park held a $300 NHC qualifier on Saturday, February 4, and the elder Bergen of Fairless Hill, PA., finished in the top spot with a total of $1,612.80.
Bergen bested a field that included 155 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into the winning total by betting races from Gulfstream and Tampa Bay (Aqueduct was cancelled). Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $30 per race.
By finishing first, Bergen takes home the first-place cash prize of $7,875. Second-place finisher Phil Ciprello is also heading to March’s NHC in Las Vegas.
In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:
|1st||Larry Bergen||$1,612.80||$7,875+NHC Seat|
|2nd||Phil Ciprello||$1,308.40||$3,150+NHC Seat|