Mountain View, CA --- The 2013 edition of the TrackMaster Big 5 Harness Handicapping Challenge came to a conclusion this past Saturday, wrapping up a little over a month of entertaining competition. In a newly designed “Big 5” format, contestants put their handicapping skills to the test over five weekly rounds of preliminary action on the five premier tracks racing each Saturday. The top five in each week secured one of the coveted spots in the finals and their shot at $5,000 in cash prizes.
Albert Czerniga from Hamilton, Ontario Canada took home first place and the top payout of $2,000 in cash with a final bankroll of $930. He narrowly beat out second place finisher, Wendy James from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who ended up with a $910 bankroll and earned $1,000 for her efforts. Third place finisher went to Bob Malewski of Oak Lawn, Illinois, who picked three winners on the day but fell a little short with only $850 in the bank, though still good enough to “cash” for the $500 third place prize. Randy Rueger of Utica, New York and Ray Garnett of South Paris, Maine rounded out the top five, each winning a one year unlimited subscription to TrackMaster Harness Pro .
“Once again, our Harness Handicapping Challenge was a huge success,” said Jim Vanderbosch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TrackMaster. “The players seemed to enjoy the new format, and as one of the few contests dedicated to harness racing, this is something participants look forward to every year. We are already planning our next contest, which will take place in the spring of 2014, with even a few more twists to the format. Stay tuned!”
TrackMaster is greatly appreciative of its valued sponsors, TVG and the United Stated Trotting Association, along with all of the participants who played over the course of contest and helped make this year’s contest a success. TrackMaster and its sponsors offer their congratulations to the grand prize winners as well as all those who won weekly prizes.
TrackMaster, a wholly owned subsidiary of Equibase Company LLC, provides a full range of handicapping products for the three major racing breeds — Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred. Equibase Company LLC is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database. Additional information about the companies is available at trackmaster.com and equibase.com .