Surfside, HPWS Full Package Qualifiers Join the Weekend Featured Tourneys Lineup

Del Mar, California has been a popular stop of late on contest players’ itineraries—what with the Del Mar Fall Classic taking place last weekend and the BCBC the week before that. But there’s yet another reason to venture out to Lindbergh Field…or Jimmy Durante Boulevard if you’re within driving distance. It’s the Surfside Tournaments on December 29-31. Each of the three days offers two NHC seats and $5,500 in cash. And you can win your entry fees to all three days of Surfside right here at HorseTourneys starting on Sunday.

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Christian Hellmers Wins More Than $100,000 in Del Mar Fall Challenge

(Courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)

Christian Hellmers of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, built a big lead with both entries on day one and coasted home to victory in the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge finishing first and second. Players began the contest with a $3,000 live money bankroll in the two-day Challenge. Hellmers scored big on Day One in the Bob Hope Stakes, race five, hitting a $100 trifecta paying $20,000+ on both entries. Mark Streiff from Mission Viejo, CA, finished third.

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Random Thoughts About the BCBC

I played in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. It was the first BCBC I ever attended, let alone participated in. The participation part didn’t go well at all. I lost every bet I made. But bad handicapping notwithstanding, I found the event enjoyable. The 3rd-floor Horsemen’s Lounge where I was seated seemed like a terrific spot, combining an outdoor setting with a pretty prime view of the paddock. I definitely felt like I was at Del Mar as opposed to some random simulcast facility. Very nice.

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Eric Moomey leads after Day 1 of the BCBC

Eric Moomey, a HorseTourneys qualifier to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge via his third-place finish at The BIG One in September, made an all-in win bet of $8,322 on Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Mendelssohn ($11.60 to win for $2) to leapfrog his way to the top of the leaderboard, and he stayed there the rest of the day to finish Day 1 of the two-day competition with a total of $48,071.40.

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Full Steam Ahead to the Breeders’ Cup

I’m very excited for the Breeders’ Cup this year, and I think it’s simply because the event is visiting a new venue. I miss the days of the “one-off” tracks like Arlington, Lone Star, Monmouth, Woodbine and, yes, even Aqueduct popping in to the rotation. After a long drought of new faces, we got Keeneland a couple of years ago and now we get Del Mar.

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