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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

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Jason Levine, NY

2012 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

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    12    122
  2.  John Welage        OH    12    107
  3.  Jason Levine       NY    12     83
  4.  Bruce Reiff        OH    12     75
  5.  Dave Steiner       DE    07     72
  6.  Robert Drozd       IL    06     48
  7.  Stuart Tucker      MD    06     47
  8.  Craig Fox          PA    12     42
  9.  Jeremy Billones    VA    11     30
 10.  Ted Drozd          IL    09     24
 11.  Jim Bell           MD    04     24
 12.  Jeff August        VA    04     24
 13.  Gerald Lientz      VA    08     21
 14.  Mark Kennel        DE    10     18
 15.  Jim Garvey         NY    03     18
 16.  Mike Zorrer        DE    07     15
 17.  John Emery         SC    06     14
 18.  Gadoon Kyrollos    NJ    11     12
 19.  Jennifer Visocnik  IL    08     12
 20.  Lance Fogel        PA    01     12
 21.  Bruce Monnin       OH    02      9
 22.  John Tighe Sr      DE    10      8
 23.  Jeff Finkeldey     OH    05      8
 24.  Josh Githens       SC    04      8
 25.  Christina Harley   VA    12      6
 26.  Raphael Lehrer     CA    09      6
 27.  Anna Palermo       NY    02      6
 28.  Joshua Garton      VA    01      6
 29.  Charles Ellsworth  NY    00      6
 30.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    99      6
 31.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    09      4
 32.  Michael Cook       VA    01      4
 33.  John Tighe Jr      NJ    99      4
 34.  Rachel Harley      VA    08      3
 35.  Tom Browne         PA    07      3
 36.  Bert Schoose       IL    05      2
 37.  Peter Martin       NJ    99      1

2012 Laurelists                                      Repeating Laurelists:

John Welage, OH
2nd

Ken Gutermuth, NC
3rd

Christina Harley, VA
4th

Craig Fox, PA
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

Ted Drozd, IL
2009

Jeremy Billones, VA
2011
       

Christina Harley, Jason Levine and Tommie Johnston try to qualify in an early heat.

John Welage, Dominic Blais, Craig Fox, Owen Kyrollos and Anthony Lainesse play for a seat at the big board.

 Finalists gather at the big board at Lancaster Downs.

 Entering the backstretch in the fifth ...

Win, Win and Win Plus Win Again ...

The summer racing program at Lancaster Downs got off to its usual fast start with most of the usual handicappers present. There were eight programs run over three heats to determine who would advance. Ken Gutermuth, Gadoon Kyrollos, and Christine Harley punched their tickets in the opening heat on Tuesday evening. Former champs Bruce Reiff and John Welage were left tearing up tickets at the bettor's windows in the night program. In all, this program featured five former champions with 11 titles.

Friday's heat was poorly attended but that didn't prevent 2008 champ Jason Levine and Scott Beall from acquiring prime seats at the rail for the Final. The Drozd family, representing another two former championships, left the track disappointed.

In the last chance preliminary, both Bruce Reiff and John Welage earned their returns to the Final -- Bruce in spectacular fashion after being down to an empty wallet after his fifth race bets and clawing his way back in the sixth to cash out on top. They were joined by veteran pony admirer Craig Fox who took the third table handily. Dave Steiner joined the dejected prior champions in this crowd whose total haul numbered nine plaques between them.

The stiffness of the competition to enter the field was also represented by the amount of winnings required to succeed. Most of the heats necessitated winnings of over $150,000 to be competitive. The tracks, with the exception of Bruce's come-from-behind victory, were indeed fast. Even Bruce needed $127K to advance. This gave eight qualifiers for the Saturday evening Final, but Kyrollos and Beall opted out of their hard won seats, leaving six players at the rail -- all guaranteed laurels.

The weather outside the convention center apparently belied the conditions inside as the track turned muddy for the whole program and upsets were the rule rather than the exception during the opening races. All contestants kept their cash close to their vests and were frustrated in the early going. This, in turn, kept even the wisest of handicappers from amassing a large amount of cash. As late as Race 5, all the players remained competitive and the bidding for the favorites became quite spirited.

The large amounts paid for the favorites (and some not so favored) provided spotty results at the finish line. In the fifth race, the vagaries of the dice sent the usual long shot betting favorite Cockroach to an early lead only to be caught by the favorite Lobster Tail at the wire. This set up an even greater bidding war for prize money in the sixth. Favorites Jungle Monarch and Mona Lisa were win and show and all long shot Captain Ahab could do was place. It was a close contest to the end, but during this week of weeks, Jason could do no wrong. When the prize money and tickets were paid, Reiff and Fox were tapped out, Harley had kept her stake and Levine's $95K finished just ahead of Welage's $88K and Gutermuth's $75K. It was Jason's fourth title of the week.

Jason celebrates his fourth win of the week as Christina laughs at you-know-who's predicament.

 GM      Jim Burnett  [4th Year]   NA 
    jimallene@comcast.net   NA 

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