Hellmers Comes Out On Top In Del Mar Handicapping Challenge

by | 11.13.2017 | 8:46am
From Left to Right: Challenge Director Chris Bahr, Christian Hellmers, Tom Quigley, Joe Masino, Mark Strieff

Christian Hellmers of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, built a big lead with both entries on day one and coasted home to victory in the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge finishing first and second. Players began the contest with a $3,000 live money bankroll in the two-day Challenge. Hellmers scored big on Day One in the Bob Hope Stakes, race five, hitting a $100 trifecta paying $20,000+ on both entries. Mark Streiff from Mission Viejo, CA, finished third.

More than $100,000 in prizes were at stake including three $10,000 entries in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and three entries in the $2.5 million National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) in February. The Challenge buy-in was $4,500 with $3,000 going to the bankroll and $1,500 to the prize pool. Players could purchase up to two entries. 100% of the prize pool was distributed back to the winning players with Del Mar adding an additional $10,000 BCBC entry.

Hellmers netted a payday of more than $100,000 by running his two $3,000 starting bankrolls into more than $45,000 combined, $45,000 in prize money and two $10,000 BCBC entries. In addition, he is eligible for a $1 million bonus by winning the 2018 BCBC at Churchill Downs.

Del Mar Handicapping Challenge Final Results:

1 Christian Hellmers $25,440 $30,000 BCBC
2 Christian Hellmers $20,340 $15,000 BCBC
3 Mark Streiff $16,393 $10,000 BCBC
4 Joe Masino $11,287 $6,000 NHC
5 Tom Quigley $5,140 $3,500 NHC
6 Brian  Herrity $4,906 $2,000 NHC
  • gus stewart

    Congrats like i said b4, racing needs fans like hellmers. Got his own way of pkg and betting horses. Most important he has his own style with attire,, those are some fly shoes… congrats again

    • T. QUIGLEY

      If you said it b4 Gus, why say it again? Hellmers told me that he is sick of your stupid comments here.

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