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Arlene Conte Earns Seat to DRF/NTRA National Handicap Championship
By Brian Skirka
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Arlene Conte of Oceanside, NY turned her $200 bankroll into $457.50 to capture Gulfstream Park’s $400 Handicapping Challenge contested on March 17-18. With the win, Conte earned a seat in the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) in 2013.
In 2009, Conte’s husband John captured the NHC and took home the $500,000 first prize.
Arlene Conte bested 125 other players to take Gulfstream’s contest and took home a check for $10,080. Maria Snyder ($446.50 bankroll) and Paul Shurman ($440 bankroll) made up the top three contest finishers and will join Conte in Las Vegas for the NHC.
The $400 Gulfstream Park Challenge was a two-day event held on March 17-18 featuring 126 of the country’s best handicappers. Players had to make exactly 10 $5 win/place bets both days on races from Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs.
Below are the official Top 10 results:
Finish Name Contest Earnings Prize Money
1st Arlene Conte $457.50 $10,080
2nd Maria Snyder $446.50 $4,536
3rd Paul Shurman $440 $2,520
4th Randy Gallo $426.75 $1,764
5th Robert Gianquitti $401 $1,260
6th Richard Hargrave $387.25 $504
7th Wendy Potempa $375.50 $504
8th Kenneth Mollicone $364 $504
9th Mark Richards $342 $504
10th Michael Berry $339 $504
Randy Gallo and Kenneth Mollicone won an additional $1,260 for having the highest daily bankroll on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.