Melissa Margolis, from Thousand Oaks, CA, made “Across The Board” win, place and show wagers on Del Mar Race 6 winner Hit The Road, at odds of 9-1, to earn $24,000 and catapult into the lead of the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge. Margolis held on from there over 107 total entries with a final bankroll of $42,650.
Garett Skiba from Hinsdale, IL and Brett Wiener from Clearwater, FL finished second and third to round out the top three.
Margolis wins $70,000 cash, a $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) entry and an entry to the $2.8 Million National Horseplayers Championship (NHC). All in all, she netted more than $125,000 in cash and prizes. She is also eligible for a $1 million bonus if she wins the 2019 BCBC at Santa Anita.
Players started with a $6,000 bankroll in the two-day Challenge. The top seven finishers receive BCBC entries. A total of eight entries will be awarded to either the NHC or the Del Mar $5,000 Fall Challenge on November 9 and 10.
2019 Handicapping Challenge Placings
1 Melissa Margolis $42,650
2 Garett Skiba 2 $31,406
3 Brett Wiener 2 $25,790
4 Loyal Sprague 2 $23,200
5 Gary West $20,283.50
6 Garett Skiba $18,032
7 Dan Kaplan $16,015
8 Louis Constan $14,985
9 Gregg Kingma $14,706.45
10 David Basler $14,649
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