Christy Moore Wins Pick Your Prize Handicapping Challenge

June 9, 2022

290 Entries Easily Eclipse Previous Contest Record

OCEANPORT, N.J. – “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

A 57” x 57” prize board wasn’t big enough to fit all the prizes during Saturday’s $2,000 Pick Your Prize Handicapping Championship at Monmouth Park due to a record 290 entries into the June 4 contest.

In total, a record 25 seats to the National Horseplayers Championship, seven seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and $100,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the Top 32 finishers.

And after snagging victory from the jaws of defeat, Christy Moore is headed to the NHC, the BCBC, and the bank.

Moore entered Monmouth Park’s Saturday nightcap, the final contest race, with just $950. That left her approximately $8,000 off the lead. But after hitting a straight $950 exacta – returning $9,690 – Moore found herself atop the official standings.

For finishing first, Moore automatically received a $17,550 cash prize. In addition, Moore received the first two selections off the overflow prize board. She selected “BCBC” and “NHC+$6,000.” The Fishers, Ind., resident walked away with her $9,690 bankroll, $23,550 in cash prizes, a trip to Las Vegas for the 2023 NHC, and a spot in the BCBC.

Ernest Hey, Jr. finished Saturday’s contest with a bankroll of $9,400, earning him an automatic $9,750 plus two prize selections. The Lancaster, N.Y., resident selected a BCBC seat plus the top available cash prize of $9,800.

The Top 7 finishers received two prize board selections. Finishers 8 through 32 each received one pick.  

All of the Pick Your Prize players had to bet a minimum of five Monmouth Park races.  The minimum bet for those races was $200. Pools available for contest play were win, place, show, exacta and daily double.

Monmouth Park’s next handicapping contest is the $1,000 Haskell Challenge on Saturday, July 23. Entries can only be played through TVG/4NJBETS or Xpressbet. 

For information on future Monmouth Park contests, please contact Brian Skirka at   

$2,000 Pick Your Prize Official Contest Results & Prizes

Christy Moore$9,690 $17,550, BCBC, NHC+$6,000
Ernest Hey, Jr.$9,400$9,750, BCBC, $9,800
John Nichols$8,000$5,850, BCBC, $8,500
Gary Russell$7,532$3,900, BCBC, NHC+$4,000
David Rink$6,930$1,950, BCBC, $7,500
John Vail$5,755NHC+$3,000, $6,500
Jim Tipps$5,640BCBC, NHC+$2,000
Michael Domabyl$5,192BCBC
David Nelson$4,905NHC
Dennis Galvin$4,855NHC
Thomas O’Conner$4,620NHC
Michael Caposio$4,492.50NHC
Dan Bergen$4,365.60NHC
Michael Caposio (2)$4,240$5,500
Mitch Schuman$4,105NHC
Jack Wong$4,168NHC
Evan Trommer$4,030$4,500
Rich Averill$3,971.30NHC
Paul Weizer$3,840NHC
Anthony Mattera$3,550NHC
Bill Rendino$3,255NHC
Scott Cavalieri$3,128.40$3,700
Kevin Engelhard$3,070.40NHC
Kevin Matties$3,027NHC
Jeannie King$3,000NHC
Brian Fairlie$2,882NHC
Marshall Gramm$2,687.50NHC
Corey Esquerre$2,680NHC
Joe Metka$2,675NHC
Chris Kinum$2,603NHC
Ray Arsenault$2,600NHC
John Kostin$2,550NHC

Monmouth Park Press Release
Photo by EQUI-PHOTO; collage by Past The Wire

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