Ortiz Wins 2022 World Harness Handicapping Championship

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Jaime Ortiz of Staten Island, NY captured 2022 World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, September 10 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.

Ortiz finished the tournament with a $757.60 bankroll to top the field of 41 players from across North America who competed for $38,700 in prize money.  Ortiz walked away with $13,545 in prize money. He won his Finals seat via the January Meadowlands $400 Qualifier.

The WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 Meadowlands races of their choice.  Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race.  Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place, show or a combination of the three.

Ortiz cashed on four of his ten bets and steadily moved up the leader board through the night.  He cashed on the fourth race for $190 with a $100 Win wager on #2 (Uptown Lady N)) and again on the fifth race at the Meadowlands for $72 with $20 to Win & Place on #2 (JL Cruze).  Ortiz then hit for $327.60 with a $26 Win & Place bet on Scirocco Rob in the tenth race. His biggest score came in race eleven with a $100 win wager on #4 (Trashytonguetalker) which paid $560.  Ortiz finished with a final bankroll of $757.60, taking home the $13,545 grand prize.

Top Ten Finishers:

Finish Prize $ Bankroll First Last City State
1 $13,545 $757.60 Jaime Ortiz Staten Island NY
2 7,740 $716.00 Anthony Mancini Clifton NJ
3 $5,805 $549.10 Todd Slembarski Swoyersville PA
4 $3,870 $487.00 Tim Platt Little Falls NJ
5 $1,935 $486.00 William Alempijevic Forest Hills NY
6 $1,161 $378.00 Frank Palmasani Endicott NY
7 $1,161 $355.00 Jim Schiro Niagara Falls NY
8 $1,161 $301.00 Anthony DeBaltzo Willoughby Hills OH
9 $1,161 $274.00 Del Kern Milford PA
10 $1,161 $365.00 John Murphy —– CT