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Three Members Qualify for NHC in Vegas

April, 2005

The 7th annual $30,000 Online Handicapping Challenge is now in the books! The FREE online contest was divided into three separate events this year over the weekends of April 9th, 16th, & 23rd. Please join me in congratulating the three man team of Tim Catlett, Leo Haukkala and Mike Rogers that will be competing in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship next January in Las Vegas. The team is made up of the three grand prize winners from each week's event. All three earned free trips to the big tournament and $2,500 cash.

In week one, Tim Catlett, a building systems operator from Hedgesville, WV nailed 5 winners and earned a ROI of $173.10 to claim the first coveted trip to Las Vegas. Catlett shrugged off a slow start when Risque Centerfold, a four year old filly trained by Charles Spina, won Philadelphia Park's eighth race and paid $52 to win and $22 to place (capped: 25-1 for win, 12-1 for place). His luck continued in the next race when he had Bernie Blue in Tampa Bay's eighth race. Bernie Blue rolled into the winners circle paying $30 to win and $12.80 to place. Holding off a late surge from runner up Ronald Uchman, Catlett secured his victory in the final race of the day with Ace Blue (BRZ) in Santa Anita's eighth race, who returned $19.60 to win and $8.80 to place.

A Brisnet member since 2002, Catlett primarily downloads Ultimate PPs w/comments and had the following to say about the site, " has completely changed the way I handicap horses. I love the products!"

Not far behind Catlett was week one runner up Ronald Uchman of Chicago, IL. Uchman, who also had Risque Centerfold in the third race on the contest card, made his rally for the lead when his ninth selection Cusco won Santa Anita's 7th race. Cusco, an Irish bred making his debut in the states for trainer Robert B. Hess Jr. paid $31.80 to win and $12.20 to place. Uchman finished the contest with 6 win and 7 place payoffs for a total ROI of $165.90. For the second place finish he earned $1,000 cash! Kathleen Pinkston of St. Louis, MO, held on for third place with a ROI of $164.20. She won $500 for the accomplishment.

Several other outstanding performances came during the week two contest held on April 16th. Grand prize winner, Leo Haukkala, of Port Hadlock, WA came out on top by selecting an impressive 7 winners and $102 in ROI! A retired Navy veteran and Maitre'd, Haukkala claims to have developed his own "Bet to Win" system that he uses regularly at the track. His system certainly worked for him this time! He will join Catlett on the team in Las Vegas next January.

Not to be disregarded is Gregg Trexler of Boulder, CO who earned second place in week two by selecting 8 winners! In fact, all 10 of his selections finished third or better. This amazing achievement earned him a check for $1,000. John Frost of Brooklyn, NY rounded out the top three and pocketed $500 for his effort.

Completing the team heading to Las Vegas is week three grand prize winner Mike Rogers of Tulsa, OK. Roger's started rolling fast when he hit the first four races on the card! He later nailed Coin Silver in Keeneland's 9th race, the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G2) for a payoff of $28.80 to win and $10 to place. He also tagged the winner of the 10th race at Keeneland, Palladio, who paid $27.00 to win and $8.80 to place. Overall, Rogers selected 7 winners and 7 places for an ROI of $144.60.

Thomas Earls, of Sturbridge, MA and Thomas Alton, Glastonbury, CT finished second and third in week three and received $1,000 and $500, respectively. They were each asked about the handicapping products they use and had the following to say:

"When I handicap, I always use the Ultimate Past Performances from Brisnet. The trainer tendencies are a great help. One of the contest races had a Prime Power winner with a 10 point advantage on the field. That one was easy." - Thomas Earls

"I first started handicapping in February of 1996 and became a Brisnet member shortly after purchasing my first computer in December of  1997. Since joining and using BRIS products, I have become a much more skilled and consistent handicapper. I mainly use the Premium PP's and for the 'Big Days' I use the Ultimate PP's. The information contained in your products is far superior than anything else that is out there." -Thomas Alton

In addition to the first, second and third place cash prizes, awarded online credit and prizes from the Brisnet Bookstore down to 20th place. would like to thank everyone who competed in the $30,000 Online Handicapping Challenge this April. We continue to be amazed every year by the skill and dedication of our players. Your participation has helped make the Challenge the best online handicapping tournament on the Internet.

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