Last updated: 1/29/06 3:36 PM
|Ron Rippey, a Brisnet.com member, garners the grand prize
Ron Rippey, the Thoroughbred racing handicapper for the Newark Star-Ledger
newspaper, captured the seventh annual Daily Racing Form/National
Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship at Bally’s
Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Saturday. A member of Brisnet.com, the 61-year-old
resident of Wayne, New Jersey, hit a 17-1 shot in the last mandatory race of the
two-day tournament to walk away with the $250,000 grand prize and title
of Handicapper of the Year.
Rippey, who qualified at Connecticut OTB’s Sports Haven, edged out
runner-up Mark Lowe of Bayonet Point, Florida, with a final bankroll of $237.20.
Lowe, who led after Friday’s opening round and earned $100,000 for the place,
finished at $228.60, and Lexington, Kentucky’s, Mel Moser took third with a
bankroll of $227.60 and received $50,000. The top three finishers are all
members of Brisnet.com.
Alluring Bel (General Meeting), a 17-1 shot trained by Jeff Mullins and
ridden by Michael Baze, captured Saturday’s 10th race at Santa Anita by one length
to put Rippey over the top. The three-year-old filly was making her career bow
in the $32,000 maiden claiming event.
Rippey briefly led the contest on Friday
but finished Day 1 in 28th place. He rallied strongly Saturday to win over 224
other horseplayers in the field.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Rippey said. “I picked this horse (Alluring
Bel) last night, and I wasn’t going to play for second place. I figured (she)
would be 6 or 7-1, but was pleasantly surprised. It was all or nothing.”
Thirteen of the top 18 finishers in the DRF/NTRA tournament are Brisnet.com