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Colwell Claims Challenge Crown

Oklahoma resident Pete Colwell claimed the $25,000 Online Handicapping Challenge contested May 23 and 24, 2004. The winner strung together back to back days of exceptional handicapping to win the grand prize of $5,000 and a trip to Las Vegas for the National Handicapping Championship. In thirteenth place after day one, Colwell surged to victory on the final day to claim the grand prize.

Describing his handicapping Colwell had this to say, "Like many handicappers I first narrow the field down to four or five contenders. From there I look at the Track Bias Summary in the Ultimate PPs and I use the BRIS Pace and Speed figures to arrive at my selection."

Colwell held off a furious rally from second place finisher Jeffrey Blaylock. Well off the leader board on day one, Blaylock posted the second best R.O.I. on the final day of the tournament. The amazing turn around was good for $2,000 and a qualifying berth in the National Handicapping Championship. The long-time member is a devout Condensed Past Performance user.

Completing the team heading to Las Vegas is Florence Rotman. The experienced tournament player is also an accomplished bridge player. A multiple national bridge champion, Rotman's success in high profile tournaments will be a valuable addition to the team. Rotman's third place finish earned her a check for $1,000 and the final spot on the team.

"I have tried everything," stated Rotman. "I've read all the handicapping books and checked out every handicapping theory. When I handicap I focus on the pace and then factor in success at the track and the distance. The pace numbers in Premium Plus PPs help me visualize how the race will set up."

Asked about how her success in national bridge tournaments has helped her handicapping Rotman replied, "Concentration. A house could burn down next to me and I wouldn't know it."

Overall eighth place finisher Louis Alessi failed to make the team but claimed the day two prize for high R.O.I. On day two Alessi managed to turn his $40 bankroll into $115.40. "The Scratch Sheet helps me uncover longshots the public doesn't see. It was the key to my winning on Sunday (for High R.O.I), explained Alessi. The feat was good for $2,500. Way to go!

Congratulations again to all the winners and thanks to everyone who participated in the Challenge. Your participation has helped make the 6th annual Online Handicapping Challenge the best on the internet.

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