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Mustari Rides All-In Bet To Haskell Challenge Victory

July 29, 2022

Monmouth Park held its second Haskell Day $1,000 NHC/BCBC qualifier on Saturday, July 23 and Frank Mustari of Des Plaines, IL finished in the top spot.  Mustari used a mid-day all-in bet on 16-1 shot Cabinet Pik to vault to the top of the leaderboard.  He was never caught.

Mustari bested a record field that included 229 entries. He turned his starting $500 bankroll into $8,615 by win, place, show, exacta and/or double wagering on Monmouth Park races only.  Contest players needed to bet a minimum of $100 per race and a minimum of five races.

By finishing first, Mustari takes home the first-place cash prize of $16,000 as well as a seat to the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC).   Saturday’s second through seventh-place finishers will also be heading to the 2022 BCBC.  The eighth and ninth place finishers in the Haskell Challenge earned a 2023 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) seat.

In total, the Top 9 finishers from Saturday are:

Finish Name Bankroll Prize
1st Frank Mustari $8,615 $16,000+BCBC Seat
2nd Tom Oconner $6,453 $9,000+BCBC Seat
3rd Dick Jerardi $5,026 $5,500+BCBC Seat
4th Ken Jordan $4,744.60 $4,000+BCBC Seat
5th Darryl Mays $4,720.90 $2,000+BCBC Seat
6th Paul Caltagirone $4,125 BCBC Seat
Chad Anshelewitz
$3,798 BCBC Seat
8th Travis Stone $3,000 NHC Seat
9th Joe Calvo $2,500 NHC Seat