Saturday, January 26, 2008
Way to Go, Harry!
A huge congratulations to friend of this blog Harry Seaman who finished fifth ($30,000) in the National Handicapping Championship this weekend! Former Penn State quarterback John Sacca finished 25th while last year’s champ Stan Bavlish ended up 119th. Richard Goodall took home the $500,000 first-prize, with a total of $272.30—exactly $78 higher than his closest competitor.
Just for fun, I played along at home—the eight mandatory races and seven elected races from select tracks each day (Friday and Saturday). On Friday, I had Temporary Saint ($18.40, $9.90) in the eighth at Aqueduct, Hots is Hot ($3.60) in tenth at Tampa Bay and Rector ($15.00, $7.80) in ninth at Fair Grounds; in the elected races, I had Go Michelle ($4.60, $2.60) in the first at Aqueduct, Identical ($3.40, $2.40) in the sixth at Gulfstream, and Humor Her Along ($9.40) in the second at Golden Gate. On Saturday, I had Pygmalion ($6.40, $4.50) in the fourth at Aqueduct, Tiger Monarch ($12.20, $6.20) in the fifth at Oaklawn, Autobahn Girl ($7.20, $4.00) in the ninth at Fair Grounds, and Savo Island ($6.80) in the eighth at Golden Gate; for the elected races I was lazy, opting just to select from the Magna 5 races and a couple big races—only had Dearest Trickski ($3.60, $3.00) in the fourth at Santa Anita and Art Show ($8.80) in the tenth at Laurel. If I had really put some effort into it, boy…
Friday total: $77.10.
Saturday total: $62.70.
Two-day total: $139.80
Hey, that would have been good for 38th place! Of course, if I had actually been in Vegas, I almost certainly would have second-guessed myself to death and attempted every longshot bomber…and failed miserably. Still, as a “Jill-come-lately” to this whole handicapping thing, I am pretty darn proud of my effort. Watch out next year!