Many points were available in week 3 of the Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest as the featured track, Gulfstream Park, had a 12-race card and there were two additional double-point Derby prep bonus races. The unattainable perfect score was 3,811 so the expected winning score was in the 1,900-2,100 point range. There were two races that awarded more than 500 points. The Derby preps produced nothing outrageous. Even though the favorite won the Withers, the second place horse was a bomber for 432 points.
Jane Armstrong came out on top in week three with 1,897, and Mike Gaulrapp, winner of the 2016 R2K contest, was second with 1,860. Cindy Woods finished third with 1,835. They all earn Canterbury Handicapper of the Year points and cash. Here are the complete standings.
There are still 13 weekly contests remaining. Each player’s lowest three scores are dropped from the overall total so there is still opportunity to get involved in the hunt for cumulative top prize and then of course each week pays the top five best scores.
This Saturday is Tampa Bay Downs with the bonus race being the Sam F. Davis. The undefeated McCraken makes his 3-year-old debut in this 1 1/16 mile, grade 3 event. The son of Ghostbuster is on the Top 5 list of most ‘cappers that go through the process of making such a list.
Tampa begins its 12-race card at 11 a.m. so do not get shut out of R2K. Entry deadline, and entry to R2K is free, is first post. Arrive early and get ready to enjoy exciting racing, large pools, and the race calls of Richard Grunder, also on several Top 5 lists. In addition to the Derby prep the card also features two additional Grade 3s: Tampa Bay Stakes and Endeavour Stakes.
Horse Player World Series Super Satellites Continue
Local handicappers continue to qualify for the Feb. 25 Horse Player World Series Satellite contest by playing the weekly $10 super satellite feeders. This is an inexpensive way to earn a chance to go to Vegas at the end of March and play in a prestigious national contest with top prize of $300,000. Last week five players, led by former Canterbury Handicapper of the Year Kalib Martin, earned entry to the Feb. 25 event.