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Andrew Gardner Tops Cumulative Standings in 2011 AHC Series, Goes to Las Vegas
Dave Sellner, Curt Kimbler, William Kalaytowicz, Ken Maier Round Out Top Five
“I was worried all afternoon,” confessed Andy Gardner who led the cumulative standings going into the ‘last chance’ handicapping contest on Saturday, September 24. “I kept seeing all those big payouts, race after race, especially in the gimmicks, and I knew all the other guys would be shooting for them in trying to catch me.” Gardner’s concerns were with merit, at the time, but he survived.
During Arlington’s 2011 Arlington Handicapping Challenge (AHC) series, Gardner had finished third in one AHC contest and second in another with stellar $1,000-plus performances. (Read his stories here). Going into the final ‘last chance’ contest on September 24, Gardner had a commanding lead, more than twice the total-to-date that his next two challengers had, in the cumulative standings.
The ‘last chance’ contest was for points only, meaning it was one more chance for contest players to build their cumulative total in an attempt to have the highest amount won for the summer series. To the final winner went the Las Vegas trip to play in next February’s Coast Casinos Horse Player World Series (HWS) handicapping tournament where the first prize is estimated to be $300,000.
Gardner did not have another stellar day in the ‘last chance’ contest. “While I wasn’t hitting anything, I was concerned that others might be,” he confessed. “We were seeing prices everywhere, gimmicks in the thousands, and just one guy having a big score could leap over me. I was never totally comfortable with my lead.”
For his achievement Gardner is going to the HWS courtesy of Arlington Park. Not only will Arlington pay the $1,500 entry fee into the HWS, Arlington provides four-night hotel accommodations at The Orleans and also provides a travel voucher.
“I’ve been to Las Vegas a number of times,” Gardner explained, “and I’ve managed to try out several race books there. But this will be the first time I’ve played in a Las Vegas tournament. I’m really looking forward to it. Arlington is giving me a free shot at big money!”
To see the final cumulative standings for the 2011 AHC series, click here.
Your next chance to win a Las Vegas trip is this fall when Arlington will again offer a series of qualifier handicapping contests that will culminate in a final contest on December 10 where the top prize will be the trip to the HWS. For more information, click here.
M. Scott McMannis
- Handicapping Seminar and Contest Host, Arlington Park
- Expert Selections Handicapper, arlingtonpark.com
- Midwest Correspondent, The HorsePlayer Magazine
- Owner and Publisher, The McMannis Speed Figure & Trip Note Service Newsletter,
- And Arlington and Hawthorne Trainer Patterns