Another successful Grade One Gamble is in the books, with 55 of the country’s top handicappers competing at Keeneland on Sunday for $40,000 in prize money and five qualifying spots for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2014. The tournament required a $3000 buy-in, with $2000 live money bankroll.
Gordon D’Angelo of Virginia Beach, Virginia captured the title by hitting the last three races in the contest and taking home $13,524.00 in winnings in addition to the $16,000 first prize. Pat Gianforte of Cary, Illinois went all in on Glorious Chant in the last race and grabbed second with a total of $7353.00, earning prize money of $8,000. Robert Gookin of Annandale, Virginia took third with a total of $4689.80 and earned $5,000.
Harry Fry of Lexington, Kentucky and Joe Whitacre of Springfield, Ohio finished fourth and fifth respectively and will also be going to Vegas to represent Keeneland at the NHC finals.
This is the fifth annual Grade One Gamble, and it has grown from 32 participants in 2010 to a record 55 players in 2013. TVG assists in sponsoring the tournament and provides entry fees for 14 players. The 2014 Grade One Gamble is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 20, 2014.
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