Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 11, 2010 – Susie Grensing of Lexington, Ky., picked three long shot winners to take Turfway Park's qualifier on Dec. 5 and earn her way to the 12th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, to be held January 28-20, 2011, in Las Vegas.
The Turfway qualifier sends three contestants to the national championship. Players use a live $48 bankroll and must make win and place wagers on races of their choice from several designated tracks. The qualifier drew 177 players representing 325 entries.
Grensing finished the qualifying contest with $360.50 to claim the $7,500 first prize and Turfway’s first qualifying spot for the national tournament. She hit a 69-1 shot at Aqueduct to take the lead and then caught a 27-1 shot at Turfway and an 18-1 shot at Calder to put the contest out of reach.
Brian Troop of Barrie, Ontario, finished second with $327.20 to take the runner-up cash prize of $4,500. Taking third place and $2,500 was Scott Eyraud of Goose Creek, South Carolina, with $308.20. Dan Weisenburger of Stow, Ohio, was fourth, finishing with $290.80 and taking home $1,000. Donald Dedden of Walton, Ky., was fifth with $284.00, good for $500.
Troop won DRF/NTRA NHC XI IN January of this year, also after qualifying at Turfway, giving him an automatic place in the 2011 national event. Eyraud also had already earned a spot in the 2011 national tournament by winning an August qualifier at Saratoga in New York. With Troop and Eyraud playing only for tour points and cash prizes, Weisenburger and Dedden will round out the trio of contestants sent to the national tournament from Turfway.
Employed at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Grensing had twice before qualified at Turfway for the national tournament, winning the local contest in 2000 and 2001. She also qualified at the Keeneland contest in 2006 and finished third in the 2007 national tournament. Grensing’s father, who served in the U.S. Navy, taught her how to handicap races as a child. The 2000 qualifier at Turfway was the first handicapping contest she entered.