win, place & show [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report     

 2005 Status: pending 2005 GM commitment

Dave Steiner, DE

2004 Champion

2nd: Ken Gutermuth, TX

3rd: Jim Bell, MD

4th: Jeff August, VA

5th: Josh Githens, SC

6th: Ted Drozd, IL

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


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 Laurels
Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Ken Gutermuth

TX

04
67
 2. Bruce Reiff

OH

03
49
 3. Stuart Tucker

MD

02
38
 4.  Dave Steiner

DE

04
30
 5. Robert Drozd

IL

03
30
 6. Jim Bell

MD

04
24
 7. Jeff August

VA

04
24
 8. Jim Garvey

NY

03
18
 9. Lance Fogel

PA

01
12
10. Gerald Lientz

VA

00
12
11. Jason Levine

NY

02
12
12. Bruce Monnin

OH

02
  9
13. Josh Githens

SC

04
  8
14. Joshua Garton

VA

01
  6
15. Charles Ellsworth

NY

00
  6
16. Frank Sinigaglio

NJ

99
  6
17. Anna Palermo

NY

02
  6
18. John Welage

OH

03
  6
19. Ted Drozd

IL

04
  4
20. Michael Cook

VA

01
  4
21. John Tighe

NJ

99
  4
22. Mark Kennel

DE

01
  2
23. John Emery

SC

99
  2
24. Peter Martin

NJ

99
  1

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff - OH
1992, 1996, 1998-1999

Stephen Kershaw - NJ
1993

Stuart Tucker - MD
1994, 2002

Dennis Nicholson - NY
1995

John Coussis - IL
1997

Ken Gutermuth - TX
2000-2001

Robert Drozd - IL
2003
 


Race, Bet & Scheme

Win, Place, and Show continued to grow since moving to a second heat in the Tuesday late night slot. Apparently with people arriving earlier for the auction, our horse racing fans had plenty of time to rest up before competing in the late night heat. The Tuesday heat had a record eight boards of WPS. With such a large field in the first heat, our racers needed to win in order to ensure themselves a spot at the Big Track on Saturday.

On the first board, Josh Githens backed Captain Ahab in the last race to finish on top. Josh was able to use his Mafia influence to take out three-time champion Bruce Reiff and the rest of his challengers. Bruce was one of 20 racers who left the track with less cash than they brought. On the second board, two-time champion Ken Gutermuth remained in contention throughout and then pulled away with the victory on a strong finish by Mona Lisa in the final race. On a track that proved to be tough on our racers, Ted Drozd advanced by edging out John Welage in one of two games the first evening featuring a winner with less than $100K. Patricia Patel held on to a slim lead over Dave Buchholz in our closest finish of the evening. Patricia rode Mona Lisa in the final race to finish $1500 ahead of Dave. Frank Sinigaglio outpaced Alex Vye in a shootout to finish with the largest first day payout, $175K. Both these jockeys rode the coattails of Swami in the last race to outdistance the rest of the field at their track. At our only track that saw all of the owners make money, Chris Palermo led the way, knocking off perennial finalist Charles Ellsworth. Former Champion Dennis Nicholson rode Mona Lisa to a late payout in the 6th race to sneak past Vince Collura in another close finish. Our final card on Tuesday evening saw another defending champion, Stuart Tucker, eat dust as Mona Lisa got stuck in the turn and the favorite, Jungle Monarch led Luke Koleszar to victory.

At our jockeys' second attempt to make the featured races on Saturday afternoon, another four tracks were needed, guaranteeing that a win was required to make the evening race card. Our first track on Saturday saw one of the perennial race fixers in the game, Dave Steiner, keep our own Happy Handicapper and former Champion, Stuart Tucker, out of the finals for the second straight year. Dave rode Captain Ahab to victory in the final race to finish ahead of Brad Raszewski and our Handicapper. At our next Track, Vince Collura got an early lead and never looked back as he joined the ranks of the finalists in the paddock for the first time. In a hard fought battle with newcomer David Foster, perennial finalist Jim Bell came out on top to punch his ticket to the finals. In the process, Jim helped assure the field that former champion Bruce Reiff would be among the missing in the finals as Bruce once again left the track with less money than be brought. Bruce, always the standout, was the only one of our returning jockeys to achieve this dubious distinction in both heats. Our final preliminary saw Jeff August double his closest competitor to post the highest purse of the tournament with $177K.

The field was now set as eleven of our twelve winners returned to ready themselves for the final showdown on the Big Track. Our list of finalists included two former Champions in Dennis Nicholson and Ken Gutermuth, perennial finalist Jim Bell in search of team points, Mr. Fixer Dave Steiner, along with Luke Koleszar, Frank Sinigaglio, Patricia Patel, Ted Drozd, Josh Githens, Jeff August, and Vince Collura. On what proved to be a very fast track at the beginning of the race card, no-one was able to gain much money in the first two races as the Eight Ball/Indian Giver 6-6 Daily Double produced no winners. Josh and Jim managed to forge a lead in these races while everyone else struggled just to stay even. The third race saw Josh increase his lead with Jim Bell and Jeff August beginning to gain some distance from the field as Stampede romped to victory in another fast race. The ever unpredictable 4th race saw Josh increase his lead as Crime Wave sprinted to victory. Dave Steiner was the big gainers in the 4th while Jim Bell got skunked and Jeff August managed a modest gain. Frank Sinigaglio became the first casualty of the finals, running out of money after the 4th race. In the 5th, Dave Steiner bought the Cockroach causing everyone to wonder whether to bet the best long shot on the day's card or not. Another fast race and a well run race from Mr. Fixer saw the Roach pull off the victory and send Dave Steiner into the lead followed by Jim Bell going into the last race. Ken Gutermuth had bet the roach to win to allow him to stay within striking distance of the leaders. Josh continued to falter down the stretch. The last race saw some lively bidding as Dave Steiner aggressively sought out one of the long shots, Captain Ahab, while Josh set his sights on the other long shot, Hannibal. Jim Bell went for the favorite leaving Jeff August and Ken Gutermuth among the contenders to vie for Mona Lisa as they noticed the storm clouds rolling in. As the horses entered the starting gates, the rain began to fall making the track very slow. As the horses entered the final turn, it was clear that Ken and Jeff were gaining ground as Mona Lisa began to look like a sure thing. When the horses finally reached the finish line, it was Mona Lisa easily outdistancing the field. Josh, who had bet on the two long shots, had seen any hope disappear with the speed of the race. Dave and Jim covered themselves by betting Mona Lisa to win. Jeff, in a move that would end up costing himself the win, had only bet his own Mona Lisa to place and show. Former Champion Ken Gutermuth was the big winner as he correctly read the weather and bet Mona Lisa across the board. Dave Steiner's 4th place purse money left the outcome cloudy as both Dave and Ken knew it was too close to call. As the final cash was tallied, Dave Steiner's purse money proved the difference as he edged out Ken by $6K. Finishing out of the laurels and back in the pack were Dennis Nicholson, Patricia Patel, Luke Koleszar, Vince Collura and Frank Sinigaglio in that order. Only the last two lost money during the finals. Overall, 25% of the participants failed to gain or break-even during the tournament.

The big board awaits the winners at the WBC Derby.
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