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|Clare Cressman receives his "winnings" from Grand River's Kelly Spencer|
The astute punter is a longtime contender in Grand River Raceway’s extensive handicapping tournament offerings. His most notable victory was in the C$1,000 final of a live racing contest in 2010. Ignoring jeers from his track cronies, Cressman made duplicate selections on all three of his entries. He walked away with the top three spots, good for C$870.
In his most recent conquest, Cressman managed three wins and a second in the seven-race challenge. His track of choice was Tampa Bay where an C$82.10 winner put him over the top. Runner-up Chuck Hall finished with C$118.00. Gary Watt rounded out the top three with C$94.60.
With more than 65 years of handicapping prowess to his credit, Cressman has plenty of favorites, including:
Favorite Racetrack – Grand River Raceway
Favorite Driver – Trevor Henry
Favorite Track Food – Chicken Fingers
Favorite Stakes Race – Canadian Pacing Derby
Favorite Horse of all Time – Danny Song A
The top 10 finishers in each of the 10 legs of the Winter Wednesdays Handicapping Tournament will advance to the C$4,000 final on Mar. 27.
The third round of the contest will be conducted on Jan. 30. Patrons can play for free at Grand River Raceway and its OTB site, The Bettor Club, in Kitchener, Ont.
Complete rules and regulations are available on the Grand River Raceway website and may be seen by following this link.