Keeneland Spring Challenge
Blaise Brucato won the tournament and the BCBC spot by cashing a $500 2-7 exacta in the last race for $3100. He just held off Mike Maloney by $100, but Mike compensated by finishing 2nd and 4th. Maloney was limited by rule to winning one NHC spot. Paul Hoffman of Chicago grabbed an NHC spot for finishing third; Mark Haidar on Northville, MI finished fifth; and the lucky player who slid in 6th due to Maloney's feat was Ali Aksoy of Toronto. Prize money ranged from $3,500 for first down to $1,000 for fifth.
It was a very successful warm-up for the Grade One Gamble scheduled for Sunday, April 23, when 166 entrants will compete for 7 BCBC and 10 NHC spots plus $45,000 in cash.