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Michael Samples Wins First-Ever Pick Your Prize Feeder Contest

April 24, 2023


Monmouth Park held a $300 contest on Saturday, April 22 to serve as a feeder to the June 3 $2,000 Pick Your Prize Handicapping Challenge.  Saturday’s winner was Michael Samples of Vero Beach, FL who finished in the top spot with a total of $3,360.45.

Samples bested a field that included 107 entries. He turned his starting $150 bankroll into the winning total by betting races from Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Keeneland.  Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $15 per race.

By finishing first, Samples takes home the first-place cash prize of $4,025. He, along with the rest of the Top 4, also earned a seat in Pick Your Prize and the $300 NHC Qualifier on Sunday, June 4

In total, the Top 5 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Michael Samples $3,360.45 $4,025+PYP Seat+6/4 Seat
2nd Damiano Sasso $1,818.75 $1,610+PYP Seat+6/4 Seat
3rd Joe Perry $1,354.85 $1,207.50+PYP Seat+6/4 Seat
4th Jennifer Prince $1,274.25 $805+PYP Seat+6/4 Seat
5th Stanley Bavlish $1,156.49 $402.50