For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, February 01, 2017) – David Bernal of Grand Prairie, Texas finished in the top 10 which earned him $52,000 at this weekend’s 18th annual Daily Racing Form and NTRA (National Thoroughbred Racing Association) National Handicapping Championship (NHC) held in Las Vegas.
Mandy Minger, VP Marketing Daily Racing Form (left), David Bernal (center) and NTRA President & CEO,
Alex Waldrop (right)
Bernal was one of eight qualifiers from Lone Star Park qualifying on October 22 in his first year to ever play in a tournament. Bernal, who made his first trip to Lone Star Park in 2009, said it was the only racetrack he’s ever visited. He admits he was a bit intimidated by the prospect of handicapping at first.
“I went over with a friend that had been there before and had some kind of idea how to do it,” said Bernal. “Then I started stopping in on my own, figuring out the different kind of wagers that could be done on the wagering menu and just kind of went from there.”
Cash was awarded to the top 66 finishers in the 18th NHC finals. To reach the Semifinals, the 654 NHC entrants were required to place 36 mythical $2 Win and Place wagers – 18 on Thursday and 18 on Friday. This is the fourth consecutive year with a three-day format including the Semifinals and Final Table.
After day 1, Bernal was in 185th place. He began Day 2 wanting to “hit early and often” as he knew he “had a lot of ground to make up”. And he did, finishing Day 2 in 41st place.
Bernal made it to the Final Table, as high as 4th place at one time, but ultimately finished in 9th place which was worth $52,000.
“I’m definitely going to be entering (future) Lone Star Tournaments,” Bernal added. “I feel like I have some unfinished business to do and would like to try and get back there again. I’m still on cloud nine.”
Lone Star Park’s 2017 Tournament Series begins on Saturday, March 11 and will give away a total of eight spots to next year’s NHC and give away up to $28,000 in total prize money. It’s free to play! More information is available at Lonestarpark.com.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2017 Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 20 and concludes on Sunday, July 30. Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 6, May 20 & June 10 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 2:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 20, June 15 & July 27). The racing program on Memorial Day, May 29, will start at 2:35 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5:00 p.m. both on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.
Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.
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