The thousands (more like thousandths) that flock here daily are aware of my friendship with Treasure Island, I mean Red Rock, Or Bust writer Terry Flanagan, who is 1 of the 40 players for Saturday's SSC (Simulcast Series Challenge) championship for two coveted spots in the $2 million NHC Championship next January.
Monmouth Park wrote very nice snippets on the participants, all of whom finished in the Top 15 during the monthly qualifiers in January, February and March, and have interesting notes to share. In case you are wondering why there are only 40 players in a field of 45, but one contestant won three spots while two other horseplayers won two spots apiece, increasing their chances of advancing to Treasure Island. I find this particularly impressive, since I failed in my efforts to advance in January and March. Best of luck to all contestants, and I might stop by mid-card to jinx, I mean support, my pal and get in some practice.
Meanwhile, those of us on the sidelines this week have an opportunity to qualify for the Horse Player World Series on Saturday, April 16, at the Meadowlands. I am focused on the NHC Tournaments, but may take a shot at the HPWS to stay fresh in the contest format and win some cash. Stay tuned.