Twenty-four teams of harness racing horseplayers from across Ontario competed for more than $16,000 in cash and prizes on March 8 in the finals of the third annual ROMP Handicapping League, presented by the Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions.
Finalists represented the top teams from each of the participating tracks: Clinton, Flamboro, Hanover, Georgian, Grand River, Hiawatha and The Raceway at Western Fair District. Eighty teams and 220 players competed in qualifying rounds each Thursday night for the past eight weeks.
The Three Stooges from Flamboro Downs took the lion’s share of the grand prize with a bankroll of $76.10 based on hypothetical $2 win and place wagers over 10 races from Woodbine, Meadowlands and Rideau.
In addition to their $5,000 cash prize, team members Don Sproxton (of Mississauga, ON), his son Roy Sproxton (of Brampton,ON) and Bill Pritchard (of Oakville, ON) will also earn seats in the TROT Canada National Handicapping Championship in Fall 2012. Both Sproxtons have competed in the national showdown in past years, and Roy Sproxton was the 2009 winner of the $25,000 contest.
The top five standings from the 2012 ROMP Finals are as follows:
1st: The Three Stooges (Flamboro Downs) Bankroll: $76.70
Prize: $5,000 + 1 seat per team member at the Trot Canada National Handicapping Championship in Fall 2012 (date/location TBA) to compete for $25,000
2nd: ABC Pundits (Georgian Downs) Bankroll: $74.90
Prize: $4,000 ($2,500 + 25% of added monies)
3rd: Team Geisel (Hanover Raceway) Bankroll: $73.10
Prize: $1920 ($1,200 + 12% of added monies)
4th: Canadian Pickers (Grand River Raceway) Bankroll: $66.90
Prize: $1280 ($800 + 8 % of added monies)
5th: Parked 3 Wide (The Raceway at Western' Fair District) Bankroll: $65.90
Prize: $800 ($500 + 5% of added monies)
ROMP extends its appreciation to all players who participated in its third annual league.
Standings from the final are available on the ROMP website