Brian Chenvert Wins Six Sunday Tourneys; Alexa Zepp Records a Sunday Hat Trick; Howard Welsh Captures Rich Cash Events on both Friday and Sunday (Weekly Recap, August 4-8)

It was like the storm before the storm.

On the weekend prior to the Spa & Surf Showdown, several players served notice that they were at the top of their games heading into the big all-cash game whose guaranteed purse is now up to $336,000 (and counting).

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Last Full Weekend of Qualifying for the Spa & Surf Showdown, First Play-Ins to the Del Mar Pacific Classic Challenge and NHC Pick Your Year Qualifier Among the Highlights of Another Big Friday, Saturday and Sunday at HorseTourneys and HorsePlayers

The $300,000 Guaranteed Spa & Surf Showdown gets underway a week from Saturday. A $1 million bonus is on the line for previous Tourney Triple series winners Alan Levitt (Flo-Cal Faceoff) and Dan Wilde (Players Championship). And seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, 2022 NHC and 2021 The BIG One are at stake for the top three finishers on the Tourney Triple points leaderboard which is currently headed by Anthony Mattera. Meanwhile about 70 people are within range of a top-three “Triple Tourney” finish should they turn in a big performance in the Showdown.

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Friday Cash Winner Alan Baze Earns Quick $500 HT Tour Bonus; Philip Webber Captures Pick 4 Jackpot; Anthony “ATM” Mattera Withdraws Spa & Surf Entry on Saturday and BCBC Seat on Sunday (Weekly Recap, July 28-August 1)

Talk about not wasting any time.

When we announced the HorseTourneys Tour a couple of weeks ago and mentioned the provision whereby players who recorded a second day-of-the-week-specific featured-cash-game victory would receive a $500 bonus, we figured it would take at least a month or so for anyone to actually do it.

Nope. Apparently Alan “The Muscle” Baze is on a schedule all his own.

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HorseTourneys Tour Picks Up Steam and Spa & Surf Showdown Qualifying Winds Down as July Ends and August Begins.

What do Alan Baze, Giuseppe Petrella and Scott Mauer have in common? They each won a featured cash tourney last weekend (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively), and as per the rules of the new 2021 HorseTourneys Tour, it means that they are immediately eligible for a $500 bonus should they win another such cash feature on that particular day of the week. And should they be skillful enough to earn that $500 bonus, we kick the premium up to $1,000 for each subsequent triumph on that day.

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Brian Chenvert Finishes First in Five Weekend Tourneys and Earns Eight Grand Prizes; After Knocking on the Door, John Van Arnum Wins Pick 4 Jackpot; Engelhard Boys Enjoy Fast Start to the Week (Weekly Recap, July 21-25)

Which do you find more impressive? The fact that Brian “BC” Chenvert finished first in five featured tourneys last week? Or that he accumulated a total of eight grand prizes (though really nine as you’ll learn later) for the five triumphs plus three other close calls?

I respectfully suggest that the right answer is “None of the above” and instead offer up the possibility that his most impressive feat was racking up the above tallies over three different—and consecutive—days, showing a level of both excellence and consistency that is seldom seen, especially during this highly-competitive time of year.

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Small Prices on Sunday Yield Big Returns for George Henning; John Van Arnum Takes $17,000 Game on Friday Plus Both Weekend Pick 4 Tourneys; John Behnke Bags Two on Wednesday (Weekly Recap, July 14-18)

The past week had a lot—the much anticipated openings of Saratoga and Del Mar, lots of close contest finishes and a few players who won multiple tourneys. What it didn’t have from Wednesday through Sunday was a single cap horse. (The closest we came was a $38.60 winner at Del Mar on Friday.) And that trend was taken to extremes on Sunday when the biggest price that came in was 6-1.

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Increased $30,000 Guaranteed Saturday Cash Tourney and New Qualifiers to Kentucky Downs and Keeneland Help Usher in Opening Weekends at Saratoga and Del Mar.

It’s one of the most anticipated weekends of the year—the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both Saratoga and Del Mar. On top of that, it’s Haskell Weekend at Monmouth. To help make a big weekend that much bigger, we have 31 featured tourneys scheduled over the three days.

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