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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:

1stMary Ann Hartmann$2,969.10$3,000+NHC Seat
2ndBernard Reilly$2,634$1,200+NHC Seat
3rdAnthony Doino$766.20$720
4thSuresh B.$728.25$420
5thTerrence Cook$563.10$210
6thStephen Banks$451.75$90
7thKen Jordan$423$90
8thMathew Levy$310.50$90
9thShirley Wolff$201.25$90
10thStephen Fitzpatrick$172.50$90