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Slader takes home $43,200 top prize in WHHC

April 16, 2019
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Russell Slader of Nutley, N.J., captured the $43,200 grand prize in the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) presented by DerbyWars.com on Saturday, April 13 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.
 
Slader finished the tournament with a $2,518 bankroll to top the field of 108 players from across North America who competed for $108,000 in prize money. Slader won his seat via the April 11 DerbyWars.com qualifier. This was the largest prize pool ever offered for the WHHC.
 
The WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 races: eight Meadowlands races of their choice, plus one mandatory race each from Buffalo Raceway and the Meadowlands. Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race. Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place, show or a combination of the three.
 
Slader cashed on five of his 10 bets and steadily moved up the leader board through the night. He cashed on the mandatory sixth race from Buffalo for $96 with a $30 win wager on #2 (Harry Hoo N) and again on the fifth race at the Meadowlands for $264 with $60 to win on #8 (JK Parlay). His biggest score came from a $40 win & place wager on #3 (Sweet Rock) in the Meadowlands eighth race which put him in third place. Slader cashed on a $50 win & place wager on #9 (Prophet Blue Chip) in the Meadowlands 12th race for $495 putting him in first place with a $1,763 bankroll with one race remaining.  He solidified his win with a $855 score in race 13 with a $50 win & place wager on #10 (Camwiser). Slader finished with a final bankroll of $2,518, taking home the $43,200 grand prize.
 
Jim Videtic, the 2018 WHHC champion, was leading for the majority of the contest and held both second and third place (he bought in for two spots) with two races remaining.  Videtic cashed for $1,150 in race 13 on a $100 win wager on Camwiser to finish in second place. His second entry held on for seventh place with $1,270 in bankroll.  The 2018 champ walked away with $23,760 in total prize money.
 
DerbyWars.com sponsored the 2019 WHHC and held weekly online qualifiers throughout 2019. In addition to DerbyWars.com and the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2019 WHHC: Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Standardbred Canada, Hawthorne, Rosecroft and TVG/Betfair.
 
The Meadowlands Racetrack would like to thank all WHHC sponsors, partner outlets and contest participants for a successful 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship.
 
Top Ten Finishers:
Finish
Prize $
Bankroll
First
Last
City
State
Qualifier/Buy
1
$43,200
$2,518
Russell
Slader
Nutley
NJ
DerbyWars
2
$21,600
$2,420
Jim
Videtic
Willowick
OH
Buy-In
3
$16,200
$1,735.15
Arch
Glenn
Columbus
OH
Buy-In
4
$10,800
$1,619.50
Rocco
DiBello
Richmond, Ontario
Canada
DerbyWars
5
$5,400
$1,496
Tim
Platt
Little Falls
NJ
Meadowlands
6
$2,160
$1,302
Scott
Hall
Herkimer
NY
Buy-In
7
$2,160
$1,270
Jim
Videtic
Willowick
OH
Buy-In
8
$2,160
$1,232
Matt
Minger
New Lenox
IL
DerbyWars
9
$2,160
$1,191
Nick
Montemurro
Bogota
NJ
DerbyWars
10
$2,160
$1,030.20
Todd
Cross
Seaman
OH
Rosecroft
(Meadowlands)
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