win, place & show 

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending December 2014 Membership Trial Vote

Bert Schoose, IL

2014 Champion

 

Event History
1992    Bruce Reiff    14
1993    Stephen Kershaw    10
1994    Stuart Tucker    20
1995    Dennis Nicholson    29
1996    Bruce Reiff    17
1997    John Coussis    15
1998    Bruce Reiff    14
1999    Bruce Reiff    31
2000    Ken Gutermuth    26
2001    Ken Gutermuth    42
2002    Stuart Tucker    40
2003     Robert Drozd    41
2004    Dave Steiner    57
2005     Dave Steiner    28
2006    John Welage    37
2007    John Welage    39
2008     Jason Levine    34
2009     Ted Drozd    25
2010    John Welage    27
2011    Jeremy Billones    22
2012     Jason Levine    29
2013    Jason Levine    27
2014    Bert Schoose    32

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    14    136
  2.  John Welage        OH    12    107
  3.  Jason Levine       NY    13    103
  4.  Bruce Reiff        OH    14     89
  5.  Dave Steiner       DE    14     76
  6.  Craig Fox          PA    14     52
  7.  Robert Drozd       IL    06     48
  8.  Stuart Tucker      MD    06     47
  9.  Jeremy Billones    VA    13     36
 10.  Ted Drozd          IL    09     24
 11.  Jim Bell           MD    04     24
 12.  Jeff August        VA    04     24
 13.  Bert Schoose       IL    14     22
 14.  Gerald Lientz      VA    08     21
 15.  Mark Kennel        DE    10     18
 16.  Jim Garvey         NY    03     18
 17.  Mike Zorrer        DE    07     15
 18.  John Emery         SC    06     14
 19.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    14     12
 20.  Gadoon Kyrollos    NJ    11     12
 21.  Jennifer Visocnik  IL    08     12
 22.  Lance Fogel        PA    01     12
 23.  Bruce Monnin       OH    02      9
 24.  John Tighe Sr      DE    10      8
 25.  Jeff Finkeldey     OH    05      8
 26.  Josh Githens       SC    04      8
 27.  Christina Harley   VA    12      6
 28.  Raphael Lehrer     CA    09      6
 29.  Anna Palermo       NY    02      6
 30.  Joshua Garton      VA    01      6
 31.  Charles Ellsworth  NY    00      6
 32.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    99      6
 33.  Scott Foremny      PA    13      4
 34.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    09      4
 35.  Michael Cook       VA    01      4
 36.  John Tighe Jr      NJ    99      4
 37.  Rachel Harley      VA    08      3
 38.  Tom Browne         PA    07      3
 39.  Peter Martin       NJ    99      1

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Vassily Kyrkos, NY
2nd

Craig Fox, PA
3rd

Ken Gutermuth, NC
4th

Dave Steiner, IN
5th

Bruce Reiff, OH
6th

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
'92, '96, 1998-99

Stuart Tucker, MD
1994, 2002

Dennis Nicholson, NY
1995

John Coussis, IL
1997

Ken Gutermuth, TX
2000-01

Robert Drozd, IL
2003

Dave Steiner, DE
2004-05

John Welage, PA
2006-07, 2010

Jason Levine, NY
2008, 2012-13

Ted Drozd, IL
2009

Jeremy Billones, VA
2011

Bert Schoose, IL
2014
     

The Happy Handicapper himself, Stuart Tucker, joins John Welage, Morris Kyrollos and Winton LeMoine for a day at the track.

Michael Zorrer, Scott Foremny, Vassili Kyrkis and Owen Kyrollos compete for a seat at the big table.

Craig Fox and Chester Lanham have the look of a couple successful Daily Double wagerers.

Bert Schoose, Bruc Reiff, Vassili Kyrkos and Robert Drozd show off their custom made jockeys fashioned after frequent finalists.

Playing your hunches ...

The racing season at Lancaster Downs was increased by one heat in 2014. This change resulted in higher attendance and more gamers promoted to the Final table. Several new punters joined ten previous champions representing 17 plaques.

The racing began on Sunday in the Pre-Con for the first time with 2013 champ Jason Levine leading the way with just over $300,000 in cash. Jason, who was one of five players to have won in consecutive years, was joined by fellow double winners and perennial finalists Bruce Reiff and Ken Gutermuth promoted from other boards.

The Tuesday late night card featured wins by Vasilli Kyrkos and 2003 champ Robert Drozd. Just when we thought that the $300K barrier had rarely been broken, consecutive winner John Welage took the third board with an even more astounding $314,500. You have to be listening to someone else besides the usual touts to take that kind of cash.

Friday was the least attended day, with only one board played. Perennial finalist Craig Fox punched his ticket with the low total for the week.

Attendance was back up for the Saturday finale. Three boards advanced Mike Zorrer and Bert Schoose. Bert was in the neighborhood and decided to play at the last minute. The other winner was the fifth player to have consecutive wins at WBC, Dave Steiner. That accounted for all five repeat winners of he event and all had qualified again.

While there have been five players to have consecutive wins, no one has accomplished the triple. Jason blew his chance to be the first by choosing to attend another event, leaving nine horse fanciers to contend for the 2014 "wood".

The first two races were run mainly jockeying for position. No real money was made on the daily double with Lucky Old Sun (3-2) and Indian Giver (3-1) paying only 5-1. More careful play extended into the next two races with Egg Yolk and Adam's Apple also coming in at short odds. While several players had made a good stake, none had really gotten into an unassailable position.

Things changed in the fifth race, however. Bidding on horses now increased as most of the players wanted to be able to run their own race. Even though one of the favorite long shots in the field, Cockroach at 10-1, came across the line as winner, only three players were confident enough to bet him across the board. These took a large lead in the program as the supporters of favorite Lobster Tail at 2-1 had to settle for a small payout for place.

The sixth race featured even more spirited bidding, especially for the betting favorite, Mona Lisa. She, in turn, did not disappoint her supporters and rewarded them handsomely with her 5-1 win. Captain Ahab gave a few betters money with his 10-1 for place, and 4-1 favorite Jungle Monarch showed. In a very tight finish, Bert Schoose's $229K nosed out Vasilli Kyrkos' $223K for the 2014 plaque. Craig Fox took place with $167K. Bert's hunches proved to be good on this day - starting with his decision to play a little Win, Place & Show which turned into a longer and more fruitful day at the races than he had envisioned.

You've got to win a heat on the small boards to have a seat at the big track.
 GM     Jim Burnett  [6th Year]  NA 
   jimallene@comcast.net   NA 

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