Rick Broth of Dunwoodie, GA took down Keeneland’s prestigious Grade One Gamble handicapping tournament on Sunday, amassing a total bankroll of $22,468 to best 127 of the country’s top horseplayers. The $3,000 buy-in tournament has a live bankroll of $2,000 and requires players to wager on at least six races at Keeneland, with one-half of their bankrolls wagered in one of the final two races. For this beautiful day at Keeneland he took home $10,000 in prize money, a fully paid berth to the 2016 BCBC at Santa Anita, and a fully paid berth to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2017.
Rick has been coming to Keeneland for many years, and he saved one of his best handicapping days ever for a big payoff day. Focusing late on two competitive turf races, he cashed a $1,698 50-cent trifecta five times on the 7th, with 5-1 Quest on top of two 45-1 shots. Then lightning struck again in the 9th and final, when he hit a 50-cent $1,711 trifecta seven times. In the end, he blew away the competition by nearly $7,000, with one of the highest winning totals in the eight years of the contest.
Proving that there is more than one way to make money at the races, second-place finisher Wayne Krause of Metairie, LA killed the final race with a very simple $500 win wager on 30-1 shot Kasaqui. The $63.40 payoff resulted in a total bankroll of $15,850 for Wayne, good for second place.
The top six finishers receive both NHC and BCBC spots; joining Broth and Krause at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup and Las Vegas for the NHC are Phillip Shelton of Lexington, Al Roehl of Lexington, Peter McFarland of Nicholasville, and Bryan Wagner of New Orleans, LA.
Seventh-place finisher Michael Mulvihill grabbed an NHC spot; eighth through tenth finishers Ellis Starr, Brad Covault, and Gary McMaster earned partial BCBC spots. All ten players received prize money in addition to their final bankrolls.