Racing & Wagering

Trackside OTB Spring Handicapping Contest Series/McMannis Seminar Schedule Announced

| Churchill Downs Communications | 02/16/2010 #

Arlington Park will again offer live money handicapping contests at selected Illinois Trackside OTB locations during the Spring of 2010 to be held in conjunction with handicapping seminars at each location conducted by handicapper M. Scott McMannis, whose daily Arlington Park selections appear in the Chicago Sun-Times.

All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club Center at the designated location on day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from that day's card at Hawthorne Race Course.

The first of the nine scheduled contests is slated for Saturday, March 6 at Trackside Hodgkins, located inside Salerno-Pincente Ristorante, 9301 W. 63rd Street in Hodgkins.

Players will compete for berths in Coast Casino's Horseplayer World Series to be held in the winter of 2011. The winner of each contest of the first eight contests will earn a berth and an additional season-long "wild-card" berth will be awarded to the person with the best cumulative score over all nine contests who did not win an individual event in the series.

The ninth and final contest in the series, to be held at Arlington Park on Friday, April 30, is a special "last chance" contest that does not offer a World Series berth to its winner but awards points toward the season-long wild card berth. This contest will have the same rules as the other contests with the exception that players must wager on a minimum of five races from that day's live racing card at Arlington Park.

"The Trackside Handicapping Contest Series is a particularly attractive way to win a berth into the Horseplayer World Series since there is no entry fee into the contest as the $50 contest card players purchase is actually their live bankroll for the contest," said Wesley Ward, manager of marketing and advertising for Arlington Park.

Each contest will be organic to a typical day at the track, meaning that players will have the flexibility to wager in more pools (Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, and multi-race wagers such as the Pick 3 and Pick 4) than in most other contests and have freedom to participate from any location within the designated Trackside OTB facility as there is no need for assigned contest wagering windows. However, all wagers must be made using the contest card at self service terminals only. However, they may invest winnings into future wagers. For complete contest rules, visit Arlington Park's Web site at

On each designated contest day, HorsePlayer magazine Midwest correspondent M. Scott McMannis, whose daily selections appear in the Chicago Sun-Times will conduct a handicapping seminar on that day's Hawthorne card beginning at Noon and will remain on hand to answer questions throughout the afternoon.

"I have enjoyed meeting racing fans from all over the area as I have toured the Trackside OTBs over the several years," said McMannis. "I have loved teaching about horseracing and handicapping in a variety of venues for more than 25 years and I am excited to continue these seminars in 2010 plus with the contest element, astute handicappers have a chance to not only win money but earn berths into major national handicapping contests."

The complete schedule of contests and seminars follow:

Saturday, March 6 Trackside Hodgkins*
Saturday, March 13 Trackside Lockport*
Saturday, March 20 Trackside South Elgin*
Saturday, March 27 Trackside Waukegan*
Saturday, April 3 Trackside Arlington*
Saturday, April 10 Trackside McHenry*
Saturday, April 17 Trackside South Elgin*
Saturday, April 24 Trackside Rockford*
FRIDAY, April 30 Arlington Park (main building)**

* Offers a first-place prize of a trip to the Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series.

** "Last Chance" contest for points only to determine the Series net cumulative point champion, who will win a trip to the Coast Casino Horseplayer World Series.