39 contestants were entered in the qualifying leg of the $50,000 Bet America World Harness Handicapping Championship at Monticello Raceway on Thursday March 30th, the final will be held at the Meadowlands on April 29. Harold Winslow was declared the winner, he started off strong in the contest and was a wire to wire winner. Stanley Mentrka of East Meadow, Long Island was the 2nd place finisher and received a $125 wagering voucher and local Monticello resident James Walker was 3rd and received a $75 wagering voucher. Contestants had to select 1 horse in races 1-10 and amassed a mythical bankroll if their choice finished first or second in the designated race.
Harold Winslow of Clinton NY, is no stranger to Bet America Handicapping contest, his past performances include a prior appearance in the final and a top 3 finish. Harold also received a $200 check for traveling expenses courtesy of the Monticello Harness Horseman Association.
Monticello Raceway Director of Simulcasting Maureen Flynn said “the contest added a lot of excitement in the simulcasting parlor, hopefully we will implement more of these type contests in the future for our patrons”.