Christian Hellmers Does This to Win the 20th Annual Del Mar Summer Challenge

del mar delmar paddock sceneChristian Hellmers, a Del Mar native, claimed the victory over 128 total entries with two massive exacta wagers in the two-day Challenge. His $32,000 score on day one and another $23,000 exacta on day two sealed the victory. Second place finisher Frank Mustari, of Des Plaines, Illinois, briefly passed Hellmers on day two but it was short lived. The winner turned the $4,000 starting bankroll into $49,241.

Hellmers wins $89,500 cash, a $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) 2023 entry and a $4,000 entry to the September 2 Pacific Classic Betting Challenge (PCBC) at Del Mar or online through TVG.com. All in all, he netted $152,741 in cash and prizes.

Mustari, also participating with two entries, finished second and sixth for $37,400 in cash plus two BCBC entries and a PCBC spot.

Participants started with a $4,000 live money bankroll in the two-day Challenge offering more than $250,000 in total prizes. The top 12 finishers receive a combination of prizes including cash, six $10,000 Breeders Cup Betting Challenge entries, National Horseplayers Championship spots and entries to the Pacific Classic Betting Challenge.

Del Mar’s signature handicapping contest is presented by Yammava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel.

View the top players’ standings for the 2023 Del Mar Summer Challenge

Source: DMTC.com

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How Frank Mustari Won Keeneland’s Grade One Gamble Tournament

Frank Mustari of Chicago has a stellar reputation as a handicapping contest player who makes scores at opportune times. Mustari struck again at Keeneland on Saturday, April 10, when he won the Grade One Gamble by nailing a $235 trifecta in the final race for a bankroll total of $27,025. His total topped a record field of 248 players who competed at Keeneland and through [several ADW sites] and allowed Mustari to take home a record first prize of $50,000, a berth in the $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) at Del Mar and an entry in the 2022 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) in Las Vegas.

Thanks to his incredible hit, Mustari passed leader Ed Deicke of Lido Beach, New York, for the win. Deicke played a $1,000 win bet on King Fury in the Stonestreet Lexington (G3) for $19,200 and finished with $24,969. His second-place finish was good for $26,000 in prize money and berths in the BCBC and NHC.

Defending BCBC champion Marshall Gramm of Memphis finished third with $20,630, cashing for $16,000 in prize money and berths in the BCBC and NHC.

Joining the top three who earned BCBC entries and NHC entries were Bobby Marks ($20,490 bankroll; $12,000 prize money), Ryan Knottek ($16,300 bankroll; $7,000 prize money) and Peter Behr ($14,910 bankroll and $3,000 prize money).

Also receiving berths to the NHC were 7th- through 10th-place finishers: Dennis Hubbard, Paul Weizer, Mark Stanton and Rick Broth. Each also received $3,000 in prize money.

Prize money of $3,000 each went to 11th- through 15th-place finishers: Mark Haidar, Evan Trommer, Christy Moore, Frank Mustari (again), and Ray Arnesault.

“Thanks so much to the incredible players for your support of Keeneland racing,” Keeneland Director of Wagering Development Jim Goodman said.

Full results are available at https://members.breederscup.com/bcbc/keeneland.

Source: Keeneland