Hartmann’s Horse Hits Big to Capture NHC Qualifier
September 25, 2019
Mary Ann Hartmann of Ocala, FL came to Monmouth Park’s $250 NHC Qualifier on Saturday, September 21 with one horse in mind to bet. Call it her “play of the day.” About seven hours after she arrived, Cirque paid $131.50 in the Belmont finale and gave Hartmann – who bet $30 to win, $40 to place and $50 to show on the 65-1 shot – the contest win.
Hartmann bested a field that included 126 entries. She turned her starting $150 bankroll into $2,969.10 by betting races from Monmouth Park, Belmont and Churchill. Contest players could only bet win, place and/or show and needed to bet a minimum of $15 per race.
By finishing first, Hartmann takes home the first-place cash prize of $3,000 as well as a seat to this year’s National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. Second-place finisher Bernard Reilly also is headed to the NHC.
Monmouth Park’s next handicapping contest is coming up on Sunday, October 13. The $250 Monmouth/Woodbine NHC Qualifier will award two seats to the 2020 NHC.
In total, the Top 10 finishers from Saturday are:
|1st||Mary Ann Hartmann||$2,969.10||$3,000+NHC Seat|
|2nd||Bernard Reilly||$2,634||$1,200+NHC Seat|