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Mark Foss Wins August 4, 2012, Handicapping Contest

Arlington Park Communications | 03/24/2014 #

Ken Kieras and Jim Rush Round Out Top Three

Mark Foss downplays his method of winning Arlington’s most recent contest in the Arlington Handicapping Challenge (AHC) series, saying it was nothing major.  However, coming back from a $94 deficit would be considered a major accomplishment, even though not done by major scores.

“I was down to just $6 on my contest card,” Foss began.  “So, I put it all into a trifecta box at Del Mar, and that worked, reversing my fortunes.

“Then I hit the trifecta and a superfecta at Arlington, in the 10th race,” continued Foss.  “I had the 50-cent tri ($138.70) and the super for 20 cents ($93.00 twice).

“At that point my contest bankroll was over $400, but that left me short of my goal of $600-700 which I felt would probably be needed to win,” Foss explained.  “So, I continued betting, and watched by balance dwindle.

“Fortunately, my final balance of $331.24 was good enough to win, although I certainly didn’t feel that it would be as I left the track,” Foss concluded.

His first-place finish earns Foss a paid entry, worth $1,000, into the November 24 Twin Spires On-Line Handicapping Championship (TSOHC).  Should he finish in the top 20 in the TSOHC, Foss will win a paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the January, 2013, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC).  Should he finish in the next 80 he will be going to the February, 2013, Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series (HWS).  The odds of him winning his way to Las Vegas are 7-2 since the TSOHC is capped at 350 contestants.  The two national tourneys offer top prizes of approximately $750,000 and $300,000, respectively.

Our second- and third-place finishers from last Saturday still can earn their way into the TSOHC.  Second-finisher Ken Kieras earns a berth into the next monthly Twin Spires contest which feeds into the TSOHC, and third-finisher Jim Rush will compete in a weekly Twin Spires contest to keep his chances of a TSOHC berth alive.

Like Foss, Kieras staged a comeback.  The demarcation for his day was the raging storm that passed through Arlington Heights midway in the afternoon.

“I was down to a balance of $34,” Kieras began.  “During the (30-minute) storm delay, I spent extra time on handicapping the remaining races and it worked out as I hit races 8-9-10. 

“By the time I got to race 10, I was able to bet $70 to win on Boomer Hill ($6.80) and push my contest bankroll to the high $300’s,” Kieras explained.  “I backslid a bit, but held second.”

If the name Jim Rush is familiar, it should be.  He won the previous AHC contest one week earlier, on July 28.

“I started out just like last week where I swept races two through five,” Rush began.  “I had both daily doubles for races 2-3-4 with $3 tickets, and they paid $25.60 and $33.00 for $2.  I also had the pick three, another $3 ticket, and it paid $39.70 for $2.

“However, unlike the previous contest, I missed race five which meant missing another double and pick three, plus a pick four.  But I never complain if I’ve made a profit.” 

To view the standings from last Saturday’s handicapping contest, click here

For complete information on the 2012 AHC Summer Series of free handicapping seminars and contests, including dates and rules, click here and scroll down to the AHC story.

Your next opportunity to join us on-track is Saturday, August 25, in the Starting Gate Theater where we begin with my free handicapping seminar at noon then offer a free handicapping contest to award another three chances to work on winning your way to Las Vegas.

We want to send you to Las Vegas but you can’t win it unless you get in it! See you at Arlington!


M. Scott McMannis

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