Howard Welsh and Sean O’Malley Each Capture Two of Sunday’s Biggest Tourneys; Kyle Snowden and Thomas Labordo Pick Seven Winners Apiece on Saturday; Steven Meier Goes Hunting for a Price with Elmer Fudd (Weekend Recap August 16-18)

Steven Meier had been vewy, vewy quiet during the first half of Friday’s 10-race, $7,500 Guaranteed Pick & Pray. After five races, he had fired almost all blanks and had collected just $2.10. There was big game to be had out there, though, with the pot having swelled to $9,080 by the tourney’s start time. Meier obviously needed to hunt down some prices.

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Last Chance for Del Mar, Only Chance for Laurel; Plus Four Guaranteed NHC Seats, Three BCBC Entries and Guaranteed $17,500 Game Headline 18-Featured-Tourney Weekend

With the first Spa & Surf Showdown now in the books, it’s time to get back to normal here at HorseTourneys. Though an August weekend never exactly qualifies as “normal.” We have 18 featured events during the upcoming Friday-Saturday-Sunday period. They offer a plethora of brick-and-mortar contest seats plus a good amount of cash. The fun begins on Friday.

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Paul Shurman Collects $109,000 in Inaugural Spa & Surf Showdown; Peter Behr Finishes Second but Wins Two Other Sunday Events (Weekend Recap August 2-4)

He’s considered one of the greatest $2 win/place tournament players ever, so perhaps it’s appropriate that NHC Hall of Famer Paul Shurman was the first-ever winner of the Spa & Surf Showdown. The 64-year-old Dix Hills, N.Y., attorney earned $109,032 out of a total purse of $272,000.

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