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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