Jared Freilich of Hampstead, New Hampshire and Tyler Whisman of Union, Kentucky tied with nine correct props, but Freilich’s tiebreaker guess was closer to the actual result and landed the win in the seventh week of the TIF Summer Prop Contest.

Freilich is directing $1,250 to the Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) while Whisman is directing $500 to the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs for his second placing.

A three-way tie for third, with eight correct, went to Terry Ostrowski of Homosassa, Florida, bettering Robert Aratani of Denver, Colorado and Brendan McGowan of Bethesda, Maryland. Ostrowski chose to direct his $250 to the BCCA. Having not heard from Week 6 winner David Grossbarth, TIF has determined to direct $1,250 to the Edwin J Gregson Foundation for his win.

This was the toughest week of the contest thus far, with an average score of just 5.4 correct props from 109 players.

Below are the updated overall standings with just one week remaining in the contest.

The top of the table remains unchanged, as both Matt Miller and Doug Slayton could not improve their previous four best scores.

The full qualifying scores for the best four weeks are shown, and next to that, a figure with an asterisk is the number of props that would be required in next week’s contest to at least tie Miller and Slayton if they were otherwise unable to improve their scores in the final week. Some players tied for 19th are unable to get to 36 points based on their scores at this point.

Take note – the tiebreaker for week eight of the contest will be used to break any ties in the overall standings as well. The overall contest winner will get to direct $5,000, with second directing $3,000 and third at $1,000.

TIF Executive Director Patrick Cummings will set the props.

1st – Matt Miller – Northbrook, IL – 36 (11-9-8-8)
1st – Doug Slayton – Champaign, IL – 36 (10-9-9-8)

3rd – Bradley Anderson – Sarasota, FL – 33 (10-8-8-7) – 10*
3rd – Len Dodson, Carlsbad, CA – 33 (9-9-9-6) – 9*
3rd – Connor LeClair – Cohoes, NY – 33 (9-8-8-8) – 11*
3rd – Robert Lee – Albany, NY – 33 (10-9-7-7) – 10*
3rd – Patrick Ray – Vancouver, BC – 33 (10-9-7-7) – 10*
3rd – Phil Spade – Dallas, TX – 33 (9-9-8-7) – 10*
3rd – Anthony Stabile – Howard Beach, NY – 33 (10-8-8-7) – 10*
3rd – Donald Wells – Paris, KY – 33 (10-9-8-6) – 9*

11th – Tom Reynolds – Dallas, TX – 32 (9-9-8-6) – 10*

12th – Sean Beirne – Louisville, KY – 31 (9-8-7-7) – 12*
12th – Ken Kasowicz – Chicago, IL – 31 (9-8-7-7) – 12*
12th – Alex Kibrick – Boston, MA – 31 (9-8-7-7) – 12*
12th – Tommy Massis – Toronto, ON – 31 (8-8-8-7) – 12*
12th – Patrick O’Connor – Wichita, KS – 31 (9-9-7-6) – 11*
12th – Josh Ross – Westport, IN – 31 (11-9-6-5) – 10*
12th – Paul Weizer – Leominster, MA – 31 (9-8-7-7) – 12*

19th – Craig Brogden – Lexington, KY – 30 (9-7-7-7) – N/A
19th – Jeffrey Coakley – Waikoloa, HI – 30 (9-8-7-6) – 12*
19th – Chris Garafola – San Antonio, TX – 30 (10-7-7-6) – 12*
19th – John Gaspar – Wakefield, MA – 30 (10-7-6-6) – 12*
19th – Kevin McIntyre – Dallas, TX – 30 (9-8-7-6) – 12*
19th – Aaron Reed – Indianapolis, IN – 30 (9-8-7-6) – 12*
19th – Nick Tammaro – Houston, TX – 30 (9-8-7-6) – 12*
19th – Michael Vito – Lexington, KY – 30 (10-7-7-6) – 12*
19th – Henry Wessel – Roselle, IL – 30 (8-8-7-7) – N/A
19th – Tyler Whisman – Union, KY – 30 (9-9-6-6) – 12*

 

29th – Glen Parker – Pineville, LA – 29 (11-7-6-5) – 12*
29th – David Grossbarth – Coral Springs, FL – 29 (11-7-6-5) – 12*
Nine others with 29, but unable to at least tie for the overall win

1. Who will win the TVG Pacific Classic?

#5 MAXIMUM SECURITY (77%)
Any other horse (23%)

2. Which horse will have the lead after the first quarter mile, according to the final Equibase chart of the race?

#1 MIDCOURT (48%)
#5 MAXIMUM SECURITY (30%)
Any other horse (22%)

3. Which horse will have the better finishing position in the TVG Pacific Classic?

#2 HIGHER POWER (69%)
#4 DARK VADER (12%)
#6 SHARP SAMURAI (19%)

4. What will be the final win odds for the favorite in the TVG Pacific Classic, according to the final Equibase chart of the race?

0.70-1 or lower (49%)
Between 0.75-1 and 1.15-1 (40%)
1.20-1 or higher (11%)

5. Which horse will win Race 1?

#2 PRINCESS NOOR (43%)
#7 FLASH MAGIC (33%)
Any other horse (24%)

6. HEAD TO HEAD: Who will have the better combined finishing positions with their runners in the Torrey Pines (Race 4)?

Bob Baffert (56%)
Simon Callaghan MINUS 0.5 (44%)

7. HEAD TO HEAD: Who will have the better finishing position in the Del Mar Handicap (Race 7)?

#6 PROUD PEDRO (29%)
#7 RED KING (71%)

8.  What will be the winning margin in the Del Mar Oaks (Race 9)?

0.75 lengths or shorter (41%)
Between 1 length and 1.75 lengths (29%)
2 lengths or longer (30%)

9. According to the final chart of the race, how will the Green Flash Handicap (Race 4) be won?

By a horse on or within 1.5 lengths of the lead after the first ¼ mile (40%)
By a horse more than 1.5 lengths off the lead after the first ¼ mile (60%)

10. Using the following scale (5 – 1st, 3 – 2nd, 1 – 3rd), which jockey will accrue the most total “points” for at Del Mar on Saturday?

Flavian Prat MINUS 4.5 points (52%)
Umberto Rispoli (48%)

11. Which trainer will accrue the most wins on Saturday at Del Mar (tiebreaker is most seconds, thirds, etc).

Phil D’Amato (25%)
Richard Mandella (39%)
John Sadler (36%)

12. Which will have the higher return?

The Early Pick 5 (Races 1-5) (53%)
The Late Pick 5 (Races 7-11) (47%)