Vic Stauffer, from Hot Springs, Ark., hit a $100 race 11 exacta that paid more than $45,000 to blast into the lead of Saturday’s Pacific Classic Betting Challenge at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. Stauffer bested 115 total entries with a final bankroll of $55,820.
Todd Cady from San Diego and Roger Cettina from Rumson, N.J., finished second and third to round out the top three as both turned the $3,500 starting bankroll into over $33,000.
Stauffer wins $50,000 in cash plus $10,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entry, this year held at Del Mar on November 5 and 6. His gigantic exacta payoff in the last race featured a 24-1 winner on top of a 22-1 second-place finisher to easily move into the first place finish.
A total of seven entries to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge were awarded to the top seven finishers. Also awarded were 2022 National Horseplayers Championship berths plus cash prizes accumulating to $180,000 in total prizes.
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