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Dan Walters Wins NHC Berth in the September 21-22 Arlington Qualifier

Arlington Park Communications | 03/24/2014 #

Victory Came at Arlington’s Villa Park OTB Parlor

For Dan Walters it was a clean sweep on September 21-22 when his entry had the highest total on Saturday, the first day of the qualifier, and he maintained his position atop the standings after Day Two on Sunday.  His performance earned him $1,000 for his lead after the first day, and his total performance earned Walters a trip to Las Vegas in pursuit of the National Handicapping Challenge top prize of $750,000.

Walters got an early start.  “I made my first bet on Saturday’s second race,” he began.  “I worked around Miss Palatine (11-1) in the exactas and she came in second to Mirka (3-1 co-favorite).   I had a $20 ticket which boosted my bankroll by $840.

“Miss Palatine is one of those horses I seem to be in sync with,” Walters continued.  “I manage to use her in gimmicks when she’s ready to run, and it usually pays off.

“Actually, that was my biggest hit of the whole contest, both days,” admitted Walters.  “I hit some other bets and boosted my bankroll a little more for the day, but Miss Palatine was my key to success.”

At the end of Day One, Walters had a total bankroll of $980.21.  As the leader after Day One, Walters earned $1,000 in prize money.

Sunday was another story.  “I felt like I was running in place,” revealed Walters.  “Like everyone else, I added $300 to my bankroll to start Sunday’s action, giving me $1,280.21 to work with.  But I only made about $32 for the day.  In fact, near the end of the day, I decided I just wasn’t clicking so I wrapped up.”

Updated results were posted periodically during the afternoon each day.  After Sunday’s sixth race Walters was in the lead but not out of reach.  In fact, there were several entries that would have passed Walters’ total with just a score like his with Miss Palatine.  But none did.

To view the final standings, click here.

For his win Walters receives an Arlington-sponsored trip to Las Vegas that includes entry into the NHC, lodging, and a travel voucher. 

“I’m excited about competing in the NHC,” stated Walters.  “I read about the local guy who won the last NHC, picking up that three-quarters of a million top prize, and I decided I would like to keep the title in Chicago.  When I heard that Arlington was offering qualifiers, I made plans to play in them.”

Walters isn’t finished.  “I’ve got the bug now,” he admitted.  “I’m also going to try to win one of Arlington’s trips to Las Vegas to play in next March’s Horseplayer World Series (HWS).”

Like Walters, you have four chances to win one of Arlington’s remaining two trips to the Boyd Gaming HWS.  Just play two entries in the following two contests.

The first is this coming Saturday, October 5, at Arlington’s Aurora parlor, The Foundry. Note that this contest will include all daytime Thoroughbred races with a scheduled post of of 6:30 p.m. or earlier PLUS THE ENTIRE HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE PROGRAM that starts at 5 p.m.

The second is Saturday, November 16, at Arlington’s Hodgkins parlor.

Each contest is free to enter.  Participants must establish a $100 bankroll.  Registration is from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (edit: the Oct. 5 contest will accept registration until 5 p.m. to coincide with the start of the Hawthorne special evening card).  I will conduct a pre-races handicapping seminar at approximately noon.  The seminar is free and you do not need to be in the contest to sit in. 

For more information on the contests, click here.  To go directly to the rules, click here.  For more information on Arlington’s Trackside OTB’s, including driving directions and a map, click here.

Questions?  Email me at and I’ll get right back to you.

We want to send you to Las Vegas, but you must get in it to win it!

I’ll see you this Saturday in Aurora, and in Hodgkins on November 16.


M. Scott McMannis

  • Handicapping Seminar and Contest Host, Arlington Park
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