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Ron Szat, Tom Zipp Top the 4/14/12 Spring Tour Handicapping Contest

Arlington Park Communications | 03/24/2014 #

Ken Lieske, Dave Anderson Round Out the McHenry Four

Ron Szat represented his home turf well.  A regular at Arlington Trackside McHenry, located in Nicolino’s Fine Italian Restaurant, Szat entered the April 14 handicapping contest at the McHenry parlor because it only made sense.

“I figure, I’m going to bet at least $50 anyway, why not take a free shot at the contest and maybe win something there, too,” explained Szat.  “Little did I know my total of $221.15 would win the contest!  I figured it must take $400-$500, on average, to finish first.”

Szat’s assumption is on the money.  Since the inception of the $50-bankroll handicapping contests, the median winning total has been $450.  That translates to half the winners having a total over $450, and half below.

“So when I heard that I had won, I couldn’t believe it!” Szat declared.  “This is really cool – I’m really excited about winning and going to Vegas for the big tournament.”

Szat is referring to the Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series (HWS) tournament to be held next February in Las Vegas where he will be competing for a top prize estimated to be $300,000.  Arlington will be paying Szat’s entry fee into the HWS, providing accommodations at The Orleans (a Coast Casinos property), plus awarding a travel voucher.  The total package is worth approximately $2,000.

How did Szat do it?  “I started out by playing some small exactas and had some success, building my initial $50 bankroll up to about twice that,” he revealed. 

“Then I liked Lonesome Street at Churchill Downs, so I bet $50 win-place and that boosted me up to around $280,” continued Szat.  “My bankroll then drifted down to about $220.

“At that point I was looking at a horse at Oaklawn named Ron The Greek, asking myself if it was an omen, joking about it with my buddies, and I finally said, ‘I’m going all in’ and my buddies cheered me on as I bet $100 win-place,” Szat admitted.  “He finished second.  After that I bet some other races and ended up at $211, and here I am, getting interviewed by you.”

Szat isn’t done.  “I’ve really got the bug now,” he declared.  “I’ll be at Arlington during the live meet, playing in the contests and trying to win a second entry into the HWS.  If I’m going for one shot at the big money, I might as well have two shots.”

Tom Zipp was also pleased about the April 14 contest.  “I’m happy to be the second-place winner,” he stated.  “I didn’t have a good day betting, but my total of $61 on one of my entries gets me a $1,000 entry into the online contest.”

Zipp is referring to the Twin Spires Online Handicapping Championship (TSOHC) in November where 100 trips to Las Vegas will be awarded, 80 for the HWS and 20 to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) next January.

It was the sixth race exacta at Hawthorne that fueled Zipp’s success, but it wasn’t without frustration.  “I wanted to put the favorite, Too Many Sins (2-1), over a medium long shot, Beleliu (10-1), “he explained.  “When I finally got the $2 exacta bet in, I decided I wanted to bet another $2 on that combination but I got shut out because it was taking me so long to go back and start over.

“I got back to my table and expressed my frustration to my friends who then took me back to the machine and showed me the Repeat Bet button,” Zipp admitted.  “I’m still learning these new tote machines.

“It wouldn’t have made any difference in the overall outcome,” waxed Zipp, philosophically.”  I would still be the second-place winner, but with an additional $61.40 in my pocket.

“I’ve been to the HWS and the NHC before,” Zipp concluded, “and I’m anxious to get back there.  I’m only playing against 349 others in the TSOHC and they are giving away 100 spots.  I really like those odds.”  As do I.

Finishing third and fourth were the aforementioned Ken Lieske and Dave Anderson, respectively.  Each won a stipend to boost their profit for the day and essentially stake them into the next contest.

For the final standings from this contest, click here.

To learn more about the Spring Tour handicapping seminars and contests, you can click on the links below to be taken to stories on my blog at arlingtonpark.com. 

Arlington Park's Trackside Parlor Tour Returns For 2012 With Handicapping Seminars, Contests

 Is the Handicapping Contest Second Prize Better Than The First?

 Joe Russo, Stan Koper Top 4/7/12 Spring Tour Handicapping Contest

Your next chance to experience success like Ron Szat and Tom Zipp, plus Joe Russo and Stan Koper, comes this Saturday, April 28, when the Spring Tour goes to South Elgin to Arlington’s Trackside parlor located in Stanley’s Ale House and Restaurant.  For a map, driving directions, and more, click here then scroll down and click on Trackside South Elgin.  NOTE:  The South Elgin parlor is located in the same facility it has been, it just has a new name reflecting our new partner. 

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

     Scott

M. Scott McMannis

  • Handicapping Seminar and Contest Host, Arlington Park
  • Midwest Correspondent, The HorsePlayer Magazine
  • Owner and Publisher, The McMannis Speed Figure & Trip Note Service Newsletter,
  •    Arlington Trainer Patterns, and
  •    Hawthorne Trainer Patterns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Szat, Tom Zipp Top the 4/24/12 Spring Tour Handicapping Contest

 

Ken Lieske, Dave Anderson Round Out the McHenry Four

 

Ron Szat represented his home turf well.  A regular at Arlington Trackside McHenry, located in Nicolino’s Fine Italian Restaurant, Szat entered the April 14 handicapping contest at the McHenry parlor because it only made sense.

 

“I figure, I’m going to bet at least $50 anyway, why not take a free shot at the contest and maybe win something there, too,” explained Szat.  “Little did I know my total of $221.15 would win the contest!  I figured it must take $400-$500, on average, to finish first.”

 

Szat’s assumption is on the money.  Since the inception of the $50-bankroll handicapping contests, the median winning total has been $450.  That translates to half the winners having a total over $450, and half below.

 

“So when I heard that I had won, I couldn’t believe it!” Szat declared.  “This is really cool – I’m really excited about winning and going to Vegas for the big tournament.”

 

Szat is referring to the Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series (HWS) tournament to be held next February in Las Vegas where he will be competing for a top prize estimated to be $300,000.  Arlington will be paying Szat’s entry fee into the HWS, providing accommodations at The Orleans (a Coast Casinos property), plus awarding a travel voucher.  The total package is worth approximately $2,000.

 

How did Szat do it?  “I started out by playing some small exactas and had some success, building my initial $50 bankroll up to about twice that,” he revealed. 

 

“Then I liked Lonesome Street at Churchill Downs, so I bet $50 win-place and that boosted me up to around $280,” continued Szat.  “My bankroll then drifted down to about $220.

 

“At that point I was looking at a horse at Oaklawn named Ron The Greek, asking myself if it was an omen, joking about it with my buddies, and I finally said, ‘I’m going all in’ and my buddies cheered me on as I bet $100 win-place,” Szat admitted.  “He finished second.  After that I bet some other races and ended up at $211, and here I am, getting interviewed by you.”

 

Szat isn’t done.  “I’ve really got the bug now,” he declared.  “I’ll be at Arlington during the live meet, playing in the contests and trying to win a second entry into the HWS.  If I’m going for one shot at the big money, I might as well have two shots.”

 

Tom Zipp was also pleased about the April 14 contest.  “I’m happy to be the second-place winner,” he stated.  “I didn’t have a good day betting, but my total of $61 on one of my entries gets me a $1,000 entry into the online contest.”

 

Zipp is referring to the Twin Spires Online Handicapping Championship (TSOHC) in November where 100 trips to Las Vegas will be awarded, 80 for the HWS and 20 to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) next January.

 

It was the sixth race exacta at Hawthorne that fueled Zipp’s success, but it wasn’t without frustration.  “I wanted to put the favorite, Too Many Sins (2-1), over a medium long shot, Beleliu (10-1), “he explained.  “When I finally got the $2 exacta bet in, I decided I wanted to bet another $2 on that combination but I got shut out because it was taking me so long to go back and start over.

 

“I got back to my table and expressed my frustration to my friends who then took me back to the machine and showed me the Repeat Bet button,” Zipp admitted.  “I’m still learning these new tote machines.

 

“It wouldn’t have made any difference in the overall outcome,” waxed Zipp, philosophically.”  I would still be the second-place winner, but with an additional $61.40 in my pocket.

 

“I’ve been to the HWS and the NHC before,” Zipp concluded, “and I’m anxious to get back there.  I’m only playing against 349 others in the TSOHC and they are giving away 100 spots.  I really like those odds.”  As do I.

 

Finishing third and fourth were the aforementioned Ken Lieske and Dave Anderson, respectively.  Each won a stipend to boost their profit for the day and essentially stake them into the next contest.

 

For the final standings from the last two contests, click here and scroll down to the contest of your choice.   

 

To learn more about the Spring Tour handicapping seminars and contests, you can click on the links below to be taken to stories on my blog at arlingtonpark.com. 

 

Arlington Park's Trackside Parlor Tour Returns For 2012 With Handicapping Seminars, Contests

 

Is the Handicapping Contest Second Prize Better Than The First?

 

Joe Russo, Stan Koper Top 4/7/12 Spring Tour Handicapping Contest

 

Your next chance to experience success like Ron Szat and Tom Zipp, plus Joe Russo and Stan Koper, comes this Saturday, April 28, when the Spring Tour goes to South Elgin to Arlington’s Trackside parlor located in Stanley’s Ale House and Restaurant.  For a map, driving directions, and more, click here then scroll down and click on Trackside South Elgin.  NOTE:  The South Elgin parlor is located in the same facility it has been, it just has a new name reflecting our new partner. 

 

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

     Scott

M. Scott McMannis

  • Handicapping Seminar and Contest Host, Arlington Park
  • Midwest Correspondent, The HorsePlayer Magazine
  • Owner and Publisher, The McMannis Speed Figure & Trip Note Service Newsletter,
  •    Arlington Trainer Patterns, and
  •    Hawthorne Trainer Patterns