East Rutherford, NJ — Patrick O’Malley of Westbury, N.Y., captured the Jan. 11 World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at The Meadowlands.
While O’Malley cashed on five of his contest wagers, he saved the best for last when his $50 win/place/show wager on Duckies Dynasty in race 14 netted him $2,120. His longshot score vaulted him into first place and qualified him for the WHHC final on April 18. O’Malley is a contest veteran and qualified for the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship via the Winter Survival Challenge.
Bob DiPalma of Househead, N.Y., also qualified for the April 18 final with his second place finish in Saturday’s contest with $621. DiPalma hit for $555 with a $50 win and place bet on Miss U Big Mike in the Meadowlands’ 13th race.
George Wagner of Warrington, Pa., and Paul Weber of New Rochelle, N.Y., also qualified into the WHHC final with their third and fourth place finishes.
The $400 qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $20 minimum win, place, and/or show wagers on Meadowlands races.
The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament (April 18), with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries.
DerbyWars hosts online qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com.
TVG has signed up as a partner outlet and will host their online WHHC qualifier on Saturday (Feb. 1). They will award two entries into the WHHC final.
Buffalo Raceway will also send one lucky winner to the WHHC final from their qualifier scheduled for Saturday (March 21).
For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (email@example.com) or 201.842.5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All WHHC details can be found at Playmeadowlands.com.