Local handicapper Ernie Jones picked only three winners in Saturday’s Keeneland Tournament of Champions, but their payoffs were enough to propel him to victory in the invitational event and send him to Las Vegas for the Horseplayer World Series.
“I qualified on the last day you could qualify,” Jones said. “I played all year but just couldn’t break through. Today I had the two Jon Court winners (Tunka $52.40 and Red All Over $25.80) and one of Robby Albarado’s (Blues Street $7.40) and that was enough to get the job done.”
Jones final score was $115.40.
Leon Roberts, another loyal contest player, finished second, just $0.80 behind the winner. He too will be making the trip to the Orleans Hotel and Casino for the Horse Player World Series to be held February 23 – 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Scott Brumley finished third with a score of $92 and took home $500. Cash prizes were paid to the top 10 finishers.
“What a great finish to our contest season,” Keeneland’s handicapping contest coordinator Jude Feld said. “Despite the tough handicapping day, there were still several players who had a shot to win going into the final race of the day and that’s what you like to see. It also was the first time we held a contest in the Equestrian Room and that drew rave reviews from many in attendance.”
Keeneland’s final handicapping contest of 2011, a qualifying tournament for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Contest, will be held Saturday, December 3. For more information contact Jim Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org.