The Horse Player World Series satellite handicapping contest went as scheduled despite Saturday’s snowstorm. Ron Hafner braved the elements and set the tournament pace with a score in Calder’s third when a 44-1 speedball went gate to wire. Dave Langhoff challenged in the late stages after accumulating $100. He had two bullets remaining but missed the mark allowing Hafner’s final bankroll of $138.80 to stand at the best of 26 entries.
Hafner earned an entry to the 2011 Coast Casinos’ Horse Player World Series along with airfare and accommodations. Langhoff finished second with $102.80 and received $600 in prize money.
Hafner’s victory also gave him three Canterbury Handicapper of the Year points, jumping him over Ray Hassan, and, with just two contests remaining, makes Hafner the odds-on choice for the 2010 Canterbury Handicapper of the Year title and $2,000 in prize money.