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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/22/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Robert Witt of Peotone, Illinois, took down winning honors in last Saturday’s Trackside Arlington Park NTRA/DRF Qualifier with a final bankroll of $8,578. While winning the local contest, Witt also earned a berth in the 2010 NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championship at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada next January.

Joe Scanio of Brooklyn, N.Y., finished second with a final bankroll of $4,825.80, and Scott Carson of New York, N.Y. placed third with a final bankroll of $2,538.70. Those two Empire State residents also each booked a spot in the 2010 Championship.

Witt pulled out the win with a huge score on the 10th race from Arlington Park. He tabbed Kayla Do with a $300 win bet that paid $5,070 and also successfully keyed Kayla Do in a $10 trifecta that paid $2,706 to leapfrog the field into the top spot. Earlier in the afternoon, Witt had success on the Arlington Park card when he cashed a $150 win bet on Callmesomethin in the second race that paid $1,260, as well as a $10 exacta in Arlington’s third that paid $338.

Scanio won $4,825.50 of his final balance on Arlington’s last race of the day, but fell well short of Witt’s total for the day.

Carson completed the top three after cashing a $1,647.50 on a win-place wager on Woodbine’s fifth race, but also made several smaller scores on Arlington’s program.

Local players Billy Pagounis of Bensenville, Illnois, and Dave Flanzbaum of Rolling Meadows – immediately adjacent to Arlington Park – rounded out the top five, but both missed out on qualifying for the national contest.

Flanzbaum had taken the early lead in last Saturday’s contest – cashing a $1,025 ticket ticket after Woodbine’s second race, and regained the lead before Arlington’s final race with a ticket that paid $2,350 on the Grade III Arlington Oaks.

Pagounis projected himself prominently in the hunt by cashing a $2,400 winner on Belmont Park’s sixth race.

This is the first year that the Trackside Arlington Park NTRA/DRF qualifier featured a “live money” format. Players began with a $500 bankroll and had to bet all 10 races from Arlington Park and five simulcast races of their choosing. Players kept their winnings at the conclusion of the contest.


Arlington Park’s morning line maker Joe Kristufek and program comment writer Brian Spencer will host two “Learn to Win” Handicapping Seminars this Friday at the local oval.

Kristufek and Spencer will be at Arlington’s West Kiosk from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Following that they will appear at the East Kiosk in the Park Area from 5 pm to 6:30 pm to give fans the tools they need to become successful bettors.


The sixth edition of the 2009 Arlington Handicapping Challenge is scheduled this Saturday. The free “live money” contest will be free to enter once again and offer berths into the 2010 Horse Player World Series.

Also new at Arlington Park this season – every Arlington Handicapping Challenge will be held in conjunction with an M. Scott McMannis handicapping seminar.

Contestants also receive 10 Twin Spires Club points per dollar for every $1 wagered using a contest card.

Fans can sign up at the Starting Gate Theatre beginning at 11:15 am.


This Friday’s Party in the Park features great rock music by the band “Final Say” with its first song and Arlington’s first race beginning at 2:30 pm.

At the conclusion of the racing program, great classic rock by the band “Flashpoint” will be available at Party on the Patio at Trackside Arlington Park with the music starting at 7:15 pm.

On Saturday, this week’s Miller Lite Taste of Summer headliner is the band “Soda” who will play hits from all eras.

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