win, place & show [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report     

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John Welage, OH

2006-07 Champion

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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

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    07     91
  2.  John Welage        OH    07     66
  3.  Dave Steiner       DE    07     62
  4.  Bruce Reiff        OH    07     59
  5.  Robert Drozd       IL    06     48
  6.  Stuart Tucker      MD    06     47
  7.  Jim Bell           MD    04     24
  8.  Jeff August        VA    04     24
  9.  Jim Garvey         NY    03     18
 10.  Mike Zorrer        DE    07     15
 11.  Jason Levine       NY    06     15
 12.  John Emery         SC    06     14
 13.  Mark Kennel        DE    05     14
 14.  Lance Fogel        PA    01     12
 15.  Gerald Lientz      VA    00     12
 16.  Bruce Monnin       OH    02      9
 17.  Jeff Finkeldey     OH    05      8
 18.  Josh Githens       SC    04      8
 19.  Anna Palermo       NY    02      6
 20.  Joshua Garton      VA    01      6
 21.  Charles Ellsworth  NY    00      6
 22.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    99      6
 23.  Ted Drozd          IL    04      4
 24.  Michael Cook       VA    01      4
 25.  John Tighe         NJ    99      4
 26.  Tom Browne         PA    07      3
 27.  Bert Schoose       IL    05      2
 28.  Peter Martin       NJ    99      1

2007 Laurelists

Ken Gutermuth, TX
2nd

Dave Steiner, DE
3rd

Mike Zorrer, DE
4th

Bruce Reiff, OH
5th

Tom Browne, PA
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
'92, '96, '98-'99

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

Dave Steiner, DE
2004-2005

John Welage, PH
2006-2007


 If you win here ...

 ... you get to play here.

Race, Bet & Scheme

We continued our renaissance with 39 jockeys/owners returning to the Lancaster paddocks. Four 5-player and one 6-player game were played on Tuesday. Three more 5-player and another 6-player preliminary game were added Saturday. This qualified nine winners for the Big Board Final.

The first racing was a night card as 26 would be owners and gamblers showed up Tuesday night to test their knowledge of the horses. Five previous champions were among them with four gaining an early spot at the Final table.

In the first game, two-time champ Ken Gutermuth managed to stay close by consistently winning purse money until he was able to to edge Mike Zorrer in the last race as both rode Mona Lisa to a close finish.

Four-time champ Bruce Reiff wasted no time punching his ticket to the Final by collecting the largest total of the first day ($177,000). Bruce got a big jump on the field in the second race with an across the baord win including the top purse money.

Bert Schoose posted the only upset of a former champ in the first card as he defeated Dave "the fixer" Steiner who finished last at Table 3. 

Defending champ John Wellage stayed close until the sixth race when he rode Jungle Monarch to a win with an across the board bet to augment the purse.

Dennis Nicholson, our last former champ, rounded out the first night qualifiers by edging out Marvin Birnbaum. Dennis used good early payouts on place and show bets to build his lead and held on.

The Saturday afternoon card brought in 21 owners --13 trying their luck for the first time including a sixth former champ, Robert Drozd, and eight also-rans back again for another try.

Jason Levine, a former laurelist, took an early lead and never looked back to advance once again to the big board.

Tom Browne got his first glimpse of the big board as he amassed the largest total of the week with $195,500 gained primarily with purses and bets on his own horses.

Mike Zorrer, a frequent finalist, compensated for his narrow loss on Tuesday to advance, once again riding the strength of Mona Lisa in the last race to victory.

Our last game saw Dave Steiner avenge his first night loss by schooling his table on why he is kown as "the fixer" amassing such a large lead that the last race was not run. 

As Win, Place, and Show entered its final round, eight of the nine qualifiers posted to enter what would be one of the wildest Finals ever played at Lancaster Downs. The finalists included defending champion John Welage, as well as former champions Ken Gutermuth, Dennis Nicholson, Bruce Reiff, and Dave Steiner. Veteran finalists Jason Levine and Mike Zorrer joined the former champions as well as newcomer Tom Browne. Bert Schoose was a victim of his own success and was too busy winning Grognard events to attend. The finalists unanimously agreed to use the race cards that were produced by Stuart Tucker years before in the General in order to add some variety. The horse names had been changed to a wedding theme as several of them had been used a few years previously at the Gutermuth wedding.

The first three races proved to be a survival test as three of our finalists were "all in" with either their horse purchases or bets in Race 4.

In the first three races, John and Ken were able to bring in enough bets and purse money to be ahead of their starting cash while Tom and Mike stayed within reach. Dave was getting low but still had enough money to enter race 4 with no jeopardy of elimination. Bruce, Dennis, and Jason, however, were on the brink of bankruptcy.

In Race 4, a turning point in the Final, Dennis spent 2K - his entire remaining cash - purchasing a horse. Unfortunately, the horse was lame and halfway through the race, it was evident that Dennis would be the first to fall. John and Ken hit good payouts in Race 4 to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Bruce and Jason survived their bets and managed to win enough money to stay alive. Tom and mike continued in 3rd and 4th but would need a break to catch the leaders. 

Race 5 continued like the others with Ken not getting a horse to run while John continued to make purse money. Payouts for Race 5 left John with a $10K to $15K lead over Ken who was a good deal ahead of the rest of the pack. The cash was still lower than the normal status after five races and therefore in addition to John and Ken, Jason, Tom, and Mike still had a chance to capture the title if they could find the right longshot in the sixth.

Despite some aggressive bidding, Ken was the owner left without a horse again with no chance to claim the $25K purse. The last race looked like Jason might make a run at the lead as his horse, not one of the favorites was making a strong run into the end of the last turn. Based on getting a bonus roll, Jason had to stop in the last turn space with a horse in front of him. His odds were still good as he ran the number 3 horse while the number 2 horse was in front of him. As Jason's luck in the Final continued on stride, a white 3 was rolled and his horse could not move.  This stopped any chance of his comeback win. In the end, John's horse finished second and Ken and John had both bet on it to keep the order of finish intact with John successfully defending his title.

Final scores were John Welage $176.5K, Ken Gutermuth $144K, Dave Steiner $54K, Mike Zorrer, $47.5K, Bruce R. $44.5K, Tom Browne $19K, Jason Levine $11K, and Dennis Nicholson with $0. The Final proved more entertaining than usual as none of the finalists knew what to bet on each race with the different racing cards. 

 

 John Welage is obviously a man whose found his game. The 2006 champ has a shirt to match his title.

 John coaxes his mount through the turn while wearing his 2006 Centurion "silks.
 GM      Ken Gutermuth  [7th Year]   NA 
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