Meyer Does It Again, Sixth Handicapper of the Year Title In Nine Years

Bruce Meyer won his sixth Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year title, defeating Shaun Rau by four points in the year-long battle for local horse-handicapping supremacy that concluded Dec. 28.

“It’s never easy,” Meyer said. “I enjoy the challenge. I’ll be back at it in 2020.”

In fact, the 2020 handicapping contest schedule is underway now with $10 super satellite contests that award one Handicapper of the Year point weekly.

Throughout the 2020 calendar year, Canterbury will offer contests awarding HOY points at predefined levels. The points accumulate throughout the year. The player who has accumulated the most points by the end of the year is declared Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year and receives a prize of $2,000. The second highest point total will receive a runner-up prize of $500.

Contest rules and structure vary. Some contests will be free to enter, such as the Road to Kentucky Tournament that begins Jan. 18, while others will require entry fees and ‘live’ bankrolls.

Meyer earned his 18 points in many different formats including Road to Kentucky and a Horse Player World Series Satellite that earned him a trip to Vegas for the HPWS. He also will play in the $3 million National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) in Vegas next month, an entry he won via a second-place finish in the annual Dog Days of Summer Handicapping Tournament.

“There are many reasons to play in handicapping contests,” Meyer said. “If you do consistently well, you have a chance at the Canterbury title and can also put yourself in larger events with huge payouts. A lot of local players have had very good success on the national scene.”

Mike Ferrozzo, the 2017 Canterbury HOY, won the NHC Tour that year and has made the final table at the NHC and performed well in the HPWS as well as in other events across the country.

Meyer keeps busy on Twitter during the summer offering his daily Canterbury Park live racing selections through his account:  @Oracle65 .  He selected winners at a 34% rate last season, beating the takeout by 11 percentage points.

It is a tradition to post HOY future pool odds at the beginning of each year.

Future Pool Odds

Bruce Meyer  8/5
Andrew Zabowski  6-1
Shaun Rau  8-1
Ron White 10-1
Mike Ferrozzo  12-1
Terry Severson  15-1
Field 30-1

Horse Player World Series Satellite Saturday – In The Money Must Pay

Saturday’s $100 entry-fee HPWS Satellite handicapping contest will qualify at least one player for an entry, accommodations, and $450 for airfare to the 2018 Horse Player World Series at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas the week of March 8.

The total prize package is valued at $2,450.

This satellite is a mythical $2 Win Place format with entrants making 10 plays on races of their choice during the contest time window which is roughly 11am until 5:30pm (contest-eligible races will be posted). Points are earned based on mutuel prices with caps at $60 and $40.

For every 25 entries one player wins a HPWS entry.  Additional entry fees are paid as prize money to the next highest score.

Once in Vegas, entrants do battle for three days, making mythical plays on 15 races each day with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash on the line.

Local handicapper Bruce Meyer qualified for the HPWS two years ago by winning an entry in a Canterbury satellite. “It’s a bomb tossing affair,” he said. “If you are a mythical-money tournament player, this contest is for you. The best thing about it is that it is held at The Orleans. It’s an old-school casino. The Prime Rib Loft speaks for itself.”

In The Money Must Pay On Saturday

Last Saturday there was one player, known as The Biscuit, alive into the final race of the 10-race Fair Grounds card which was the contest track for the In The Money Contest.  The Biscuit had successfully navigated his way through the first nine races using a mix of favorites and mid-priced horses. To win the contest each selection must finish in the top three.  Players were eliminated left and right leaving only The Biscuit still standing and just one race separating him and the prize money. His race 10 pick took late money dropping from 3 to 1 to 9/5 favoritism as the gates popped. From there things went the wrong way and The Biscuit’s horse faded to finish last.

All of this means that on Saturday the In The Money Contest will be a must pay with the prize money, guaranteed to be at least $750, going to the player or players that survive the longest. Again, each selection must finish in the top three to avoid elimination. The contest track will be Santa Anita. Entry to the contest is $10 and players may have only one entry.

Handicapper of the Year Comes Down to the Wire

The 2017 Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year will be determined Saturday. Contest players earn points throughout the year playing both free-to-enter and pay-to-enter handicapping contests.  The player accumulating the most points wins the honors, a trophy, and $2,000 in cash.  Second place receives $500. The current standings look like this:

Mike Ferrozzo   13

Pamela Kight      12

Bruce Meyer      10

Bob Cyza              8

Mike Daniels      8

Saturday’s HPWS Satellite will award three points to the winner and two to the second place finisher. Mike Ferrozzo is in the driver’s seat. Pamela Kight needs a top two finish in that contest to pass him or to win In The Money and earn the one point that contest awards to achieve a tie and force a playoff.  Bruce Meyer has won Handicapper of the Year four times and is in with a shot as well.

The quest for 2018 HOY begins January 4 when another series of HPWS super satellites begins.