Christian Hellmers of Rancho Santa Fe, California, topped a record field of 279 players in Saturday’s Grade One Gamble, the signature handicapping contest of Keeneland’s Spring Meet. Players competed on track and through XpressBet, TVG, NYRABets, 4NJ Bets and HPi in Canada.
Hellmers took home a record $67,500 for first place. Brian Chenvert of Minnetonka, Minnesota, finished second to earn $34,000, and Mike Mulvihill of Palatine, Illinois, was third and received $18,000. Prize money was awarded to the top 20 finishers.
The top six finishers each received an entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and the 10 leading finishers all earned an entry to the National Horseplayers Championship.