It was a busy — and even unprecedented — holiday weekend at HorseTourneys.
Bill Wilbur was responsible for the unprecedented part. He, along with Anthony Mattera and Anthony Trezza, won seats to the 2017 NHC on Saturday. But not only did Bill win a coveted NHC seat, he placed his two entries in 2nd and 3rd positions. No one has ever placed multiple entries in qualifying position at a HorseTourneys NHC qualifier before. And while NHC rules specifically prohibit a player from winning more than one NHC seat within a single qualifying competition, it takes nothing away from what was a remarkable contest performance by Bill.
Thanks to Bill — and also to Eric Moomey — we had to drill down pretty far to come up with our three NHC package winners on Saturday. For not only did Bill grab the 2nd and 3rd slots, but the already-dual-qualified Eric finished 4th. So that third available NHC seat went to 5th-place finisher Anthony Trezza. This pleased Trezza…and even made him feel a bit vindicated!
Sunday action was equally robust with players winning packages to The Big One, Del Mar, plus last-chance berths at Arlington and Surfside. It’s also worth pointing out that HorseTourneys players had the opportunity to play in a positive-expectation competition, with our Guaranteed $7,500 tournament operating at a 4% overlay to players. Ed Peters and Howard Welsh were the chief beneficiaries, winning $3,750 and $1,500, respectively.
Holiday Monday featured entry-only tourneys awarding seats to Wynn, Monmouth and Gold Coast plus a Guaranteed $5,000 contest. Mike Sylvester and Tom Bolek (Wynn); Jay Parker and Jason Phillips (Gold Coast); Susan Romeo and Adam Lewis (Monmouth) and Charles Browing ($5,000 tourney) were our major winners. But also exciting was the news that HorseTourneys would be qualifying players starting THIS WEEK to the August 10-11 Battle of Saratoga, which will now be run as two separate, one-day tournaments. Low-cost $28 feeders start today (Tuesday).
Good luck and hope to see you at the Spa!