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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gwyn Houston of Fallston, Maryland topped a field of 129 entries to win the Meadowlands National Handicapping Championship qualifier on Saturday, October 1 at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Houston jumped from fifth place to the lead on the final race of the contest, the 13th at Gulfstream Park. Houston wagered $1,000 to win on the race winner Bella Vincenza, who paid $5.60. Houston’s final contest total of $3,113.60 was $870.60 more than runner-up Anthony Altomonte of New Jersey. Pat Nufrio of Bellvelle, NJ finished third with a total of $1,558.80. All three receive spots to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in January 2017 in Las Vegas.
Houston also received $10,320 in prize money for his win. Altomonte got $5,160 for his second place finish and Nufrio won $2,580.

The top ten finishers:

Place Bankroll Winnings First Last City State 
1 $3,133.60 $10,320.00 Gwyn Houston Fallston MD
2 $2,243.00 $5,160.00 Anthony Altomonte Woodland Park NJ
3 $1,558.80 $2,580.00 Pat Nufrio Belleville NJ
4 $1,437.25 $1,935.00 Bill Rendino Bronx NY
5 $1,367.00 $1,290.00 Thomas Wisniewski Glen Rock NJ
6 $1,124.60 $903.00 Joseph Costello Chicago IL
7 $957.60 $903.00 Kevin Engelhard Franklin Park NJ
8 $743.20 $903.00 Mike McIntyre Massillon OH
9 $660.00 $903.00 Ron Deutsch Nazareth PA
10 $500.60 $903.00 Paul Caltagirone Manchester NJ

The contest featured a $400 buy-in with half the entry fee going towards the prize pool and the other $200 to be used to make at least 10 wagers of at least $20 on the three contest tracks – Belmont, Gulfstream, and Churchill.

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