Walker Hancock of Paris, Kentucky won the seventh week of the TIF BetMakers Summer Prop Contest as the only player with 10 correct props. Six other players tied for second with nine correct. Kevin McIntyre of East Meadow, New York won the tiebreaker to claim second while John Cleary of Rockville, Maryland took third.
Hancock and Cleary both chose to direct donations, totaling $1,400, to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. McIntyre directed $600 to New Vocations.
Overall, Hancock moved into a three-way tie for the contest lead with a best four-week score of 33 correct props with one week remaining. Jeffrey Coakley, who led by himself after week six, did not improve his overall score and held on 33. Doug Slayton, who finished second in the 2020 edition of the contest, losing a tiebreaker in the final week, moved into the first-place tie with eight correct props, boosting his score to 33.
In the updated standings below, each of the Top 15 players’ best four-week scores appear in brackets next to their hometown. This will provide some context on what is required to improve one’s best four-week score amongst the contest leaders.
A total of 61 players have scores high enough that a perfect score of 12 in the final week of the contest, without any other substantial moves, could propel them to a best overall score of 33 which would tie them for the lead based on the Week 7 standings.
The overall winner of the contest will get to direct $5,000 in donations a designated charity while second and third will direct $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. The week eight tiebreaker will be used to break any ties from that week’s individual contest AND the overall standings.
1st – Jeffrey Coakley – Waikoloa, HI – 33 (9,9,8,7)
Walker Hancock – Paris, KY (10,8,8,7)
Doug Slayton – Champaign, IL (9,9,8,7)
4th – John Cleary – Rockville, MD – 32 (9,9,8,6)
Chris Garafola – Live Oak, TX (9,9,8,6)
6th – Priscila Beloch – Lexington, KY – 31 (10,8,7,6)
Jesse Hearin – Pass Christian, MS (9,8,7,7)
Tim Meister – Camarillo, CA (9,9,7,6)
Henry Wessel – Roselle, IL (9,9,7,6)
Tyler Whisman – Union, KY (9,8,7,7)
11th – Ryan Berni – New Orleans, LA – 30 (9,8,7,6)
Sean Feld – Lexington, KY (8,8,7,7)
Natalie Gils – Lexington, KY (8,8,8,6)
David Karb – East Aurora, NY (9,8,7,6)
Connor LeClair – Ravena, NY (8,8,7,7)
16th – Jeffrey Amster – Oceanside, NY – 29
Michael Beychok – Baton Rouge, LA
Craig Brogden – Lexington, KY
Chuck Brower – Saratoga Springs, NY
Robert Donati – Lexington, KY
Rick Hammerle – Chatsworth, CA
Zachary Levine – Las Vegas, NV
Craig Milkowski – Moore, OK
Frank Moscardini Jr – Wheaton, IL
Chad Sabo – Tariffville, CT
26th – David Erwin – Charlottesville, VA – 28
Jeff Evans – Covington, KY
Dustin Fabian – Pittsburgh, PA
Brian Floetl – Roselle, IL
Larry Kerr – Miami, FL
Joe Kristufek – Louisville, KY
Aaron Reed – Indianapolis, IN
Matthew Taylor – Tewksbury, MA
#1. Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Travers?
#3 KEEPMEINMIND (51%)
#4 DYNAMIC ONE (49%)
#2. Which horse will win the Travers?
#2 ESSENTIAL QUALITY (62%)
Any other horse (38%)
#3. Which race will have the longest margin of victory, according to the final Equibase chart of the race?
The Ballerina (48%)
The H. Allen Jerkens (28%)
The Personal Ensign (24%)
#4. Which horse will have the better finishing position in the H. Allen Jerkens?
#1 DRAIN THE CLOCK (31%)
#4 FOLLOWING SEA (69%)
#5. Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Forego?
#1 MISCHEVIOUS ALEX (29%)
#8 FIRENZE FIRE (71%)
#6. Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Personal Ensign?
#2 AS TIME GOES BY (40%)
#8 HARVEY’S LIL GOIL (60%)
#7. Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Sword Dancer?
#3 ROCKEMPEROR (21%)
#6 JAPAN (54%)
#7 CROSS BORDER (25%)
#8. Which maiden special weight race will have the highest win return?
Race 1 (27%)
Race 2 (32%)
Race 5 (41%)
#9. Which number will be larger?
The number of wins recorded by Chad Brown trainees at Saratoga on Saturday MINUS 0.5 (34%)
The number of home runs hit in the Yankees/Athletics game on Saturday in Oakland (66%)
#10. How many wins will be recorded at Saratoga on Saturday from horses who were bred outside of North America?
Over 1.5 wins (44%)
Under 1.5 wins (56%)
#11. Which daily double will have the higher return?
Ballerina & Forego (31%)
Jerkens & Personal Ensign (42%)
Sword Dancer & Travers (27%)
#12. Which jockey will have more points accumulated across the seven graded stakes races at Saratoga on Saturday (1st = 5, 2nd = 3, 3rd = 1)?
Irad Ortiz, Jr. (28%)
Joel Rosario (30%)
Luis Saez (42%)