Monday, April 6, 2009

Handicappers gearing up at Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY --- Tioga Downs is gearing up for its National Harness Handicapping Championship qualifying tournament on Saturday, Apr. 4.

The handicapping tournament will include the first five races from The Meadowlands and races six through 10 at Yonkers Raceway. The first place finisher will receive an entry in the National Harness Handicapping Championship, hotel accommodations, and fuel reimbursement. Second place will receive a $200 betting voucher, and the third place finisher will receive a $100 betting voucher.

Contestants will be asked to simply pick the winner of each of the 10 races that night. In the case of a tie, the winner will be based upon a $2 win payoff for all of their winners that evening.

To register for either handicapping contest call Patrick Coleman at (607) 699-7651.

Vernon Downs held its handicapping contest on Saturday, Mar. 28, and more than 130 contestants showed up for a shot at an entry into the National Harness Handicapping Championship, which will take place at The Meadowlands.

Tioga Downs will kick off its 2009 live racing season on Saturday, May 2, while Vernon Downs will begin its live meet on Friday, Apr. 17, starting at 6:55 p.m., eastern.

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