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Earns $5,000 Day 1 Bonus Plus $10,000 Entry to Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge
LAS VEGAS (Friday, January 24, 2015) – Joe Jarvie of Renton, Wash., leads the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas after Day 1 with a $115.80 bankroll. The building engineer and former NCAA Division I basketball official vaulted to the lead with a $26.20 winner (Fabulous Fit) in Santa Anita’s ninth, the day’s final optional race. As Day 1 leader, Jarvie earned a $5,000 bonus, as well as Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entry fees, live bankroll, airfare and hotel (cumulatively worth $10,000).
The top five Day 1 leaders earned bonuses. Ed Reidy, who led most of the afternoon, sits in second with $113.70 and earned a $4,000 bonus, followed by Greg Knepper ($104.30; $3,000), Daniel Mandarino ($102.20; $2,000) and Jean Huttepain ($98.90; $1,000).
The Top 10 was rounded out by Linda Rodriguez ($97.40), Ken Jordan ($95), Patrick Stich ($94.20), Joe Masino($93.70) and Robert Pontani Jr. ($92.90).
The full standings can be viewed here.
The 606 NHC entrants were required to place 15 mythical $2 Win and Place wagers – eight on mandatory races that everyone played and seven on any of about 50 other races from seven designated racetracks across the country.
Jarvie found himself alone atop the standings after landing on a 13-1 shot in the day’s final contest race. Six-year-old Fabulous Fit, trained by James Cassidy, had been away from the races for more than two years.
“I just looked at his class and three