Ron Rippey, a past NHC Champ, took home the top prize and $132,765 total combined with day prizes in the Wynn $200,000 Guaranteed Handicapping Challenge, held August 1-2 at Wynn Las Vegas.
Rippey had a monster first day, amassing over $183 for a $60+ lead over second place going into day two. However, he was only able to muster a little over $15 dollars on Saturday, as a parade of chalk came in at Saratoga and Del Mar, with Rippey playing higher prices as a defensive tactic. Still, he hung on by less than $3.00 to get the win, sealing it with a place score in the final race at Del Mar. Todd Stark (Mt. Sterling, KY) finished second, and collected $53,775 total.
It was a banner tournament for HorseTourneys qualifiers, with Robert Crowe ($27,555 total with day prizes) and Colin Sumner ($14,195 total) rounding out the top four. Mark Streiff finished 6th ($12,525 total) and Dan Shugar finished 7th ($5,845 total) meaning HorseTourneys qualifiers occupied six of the top 10 final positions. Mike Sylvester, another HorseTourneys qualifier, collected $8,350 in day money on Day 2.