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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:
|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|
|8th||Travis Stone||$3,000||NHC Seat|
|9th||Joe Calvo||$2,500||NHC Seat|
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