The 2012 edition of the TrackMaster Harness Handicapping Challenge came to a conclusion this past Saturday (August 4), wrapping up an entertaining couple months of competition.
Contestants put their handicapping skills to the test over eight weekly rounds of preliminary action, looking to secure one of the coveted spots in the finals and a shot at $3,500 in cash prizes.
In addition to all the exciting action surrounding The Hambletonian this past weekend, 32 lucky harness racing fans also competed for the cash prizes up for grabs in the final round of the thrilling Harness Handicapping Challenge, sponsored by TrackMaster, the U.S. Trotting Association, and TVG.
“Roxy1” took home first place and the top payout of $2,000 in cash. She qualified in third place during round 5 of the preliminaries and then stepped it up big time in the final round. She only picked two winners, but at odds of roughly 8-1 and 24-1, with the longshot coming at Pocono Downs.
Even though win payouts were capped at 20-1 in the contest it was more than enough to help her take home the ultimate prize.
“Kidjazz”, the runner-up, won $1,000 in cash. He qualified for the final by winning week 3’s preliminary round with the single highest bankroll score of anyone throughout the entire contest.
Needless to say he would have been a logical choice to be the favorite going into the finals. He put up a valiant effort, correctly selecting 5 winners out of his 10 races but the payoffs were just a neck short of the top spot. Congratulations on a fine effort!
“Brez44” picked three winners in the final good enough for a solid finish in third place and will receive $500. He qualified for the finals as one of the eight wildcard entrants by earning one of the top-three returns on investments over the course of the entire contest.
“Once again, our Harness Handicapping Challenge was a huge success,” said Jim Vanderbosch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TrackMaster. “As one of the few contests dedicated to harness racing, this is something participants look forward to every year. Our innovative format, along with ‘wagering’ options from any harness track running on Saturdays during the summer, has made this a hit with harness players all across North America.”
Thank you once again to our sponsors and all our participants who played over the course of the last three months and helped make this year’s contest a success. Congratulations again to our grand prize winners as well as those who won weekly prizes.
Stay tuned to the TrackMaster (http://www.trackmaster.com) and USTA (http://www.ustrotting.com) web sites for more information regarding the next contest!
by David SIEGEL