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Rip Does It Again

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Michael Rip, the 2009 National Harness Handicapping Champion, captured the $3,060 top prize in Meadowlands Racetrack’s most recent tournament, held Saturday, February 25.   


The Nutley, NJ resident topped the field of 173 entries with a $746 bankroll, earning him a spot in the inaugural World Harness Handicapping Championship to be held in 2013 at Woodbine.  (The tournament will return to the new Meadowlands facility in 2014). James Valenza of New City, NY finished second in the standings with a $680 bankroll.  Patrick Welsh, the youngest person to ever capture a tournament at the Meadowlands last year at age 20, was third with $460. 


The buy-in for the February 25 was $100, with $50 going into the prize pool.  Players were required to bet their $50 on a minimum of 10 Meadowlands races, with a $5 minimum wager per race.  Rip connected with five winners on the card, including a $70 win bet on Freddy Day Hanover ($11) in the seventh race, which helped propel him to the top of the tournament standings. 


February 25 Tournament Standings 

First            Last                  City                         State       Bankroll      Prize 

Mike            Rip                   Nutley                      NJ           $746.00      $3,060 

James        Valenza            New City                 NY           $680.00      $1,530 

Patrick        Welsh              Doylestown             PA           $460.80      $1,147 

Daniel         Cardella           Bayonne                 NJ           $322.45      $765 

Tiffany        Bush                Washington            NJ           $315.25      $382 

John           Damico            Jersey City              NJ           $237.60      $153 

Dustin         Carlson            Jamestown             NY           $166.50      $153 

Frank          D'Ambrosio      Wallington               NJ           $158.70      $153 

Joseph       Niedzwiecki      Staten Island           NY           $147.00      $153 

Nicholas     Tummillo          Robbinsville            NJ           $130.20      $153 

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