Members Qualify for NHC in Vegas
The 7th annual
$30,000 Brisnet.com 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
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
Ultimate PPs w/comments and had the following to say about the
site, "Brisnet.com 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
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
Brisnet.com 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.
the Brisnet.com 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." -
"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
In addition to the first, second and
third place cash prizes, Brisnet.com awarded online credit and prizes
from the Brisnet Bookstore
down to 20th place.
Brisnet.com would like to thank
everyone who competed in the $30,000 Brisnet.com 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.