Bernard Aldrich wins ShowVivor, sets his sights on $10,000 top prize

Bernard Aldrich wins ShowVivor, sets his sights on $10,000 top prize

Bernard Aldrich spends much of his time criss-crossing the United States of America as a long haul trucker.  The 63 year old resident of Owensboro, Kentucky says that it’s rare that he’s home too much, but he still enjoys watching the races and playing games such as ShowVivor.  Aldrich grew up around harness racing and even worked as a driver and trainer of Standardbred runners in Kentucky and New York. 

“I’m not really much of a gambler,” says Aldrich.  “I like playing the horses though, and I saw information on Portland Meadows ShowVivor game online, so I thought I’d take a shot at it.”

Aldrich did more than take a shot at it, as he bested 1891 rivals and is now the lone survivor in the contest which is now 23 racing days old.  Aldrich is assured of a $5,000 first prize, but if he can survive the rest of the live racing season without his selection for the day finishing off the board, he’ll earn another $5,000 which would make the top prize $10,000.  He’ll also be the special DRF Handicapper of the Day on Portland Mile Day at Portland Meadows in 2012 and his selections will appear in the Daily Racing Form. When asked about his strategy in the ShowVivor contest, Aldrich says he usually keeps it pretty simple.

“I really try to keep an eye on the top percentage trainers and jockeys up there,” said Aldrich.  “I’ve been watching Portland Meadows for a couple of years now and seem to have a good feel for the connections there.” 

Aldrich will now continue as the lone player in the contest and will play as long as he can survive, potentially up to Portland Meadows closing day on March 14th.   But no matter what happens between now and then, he’s guaranteed the winning spot.

“I have two daughters in college, so I’m not going to lie and say $5,000 doesn’t help pay for that,” said Aldrich.   “I’m going to keep having fun and playing the contest, and God willing, maybe I’ll make it all the way to the end.  Either way it’s been a lot of fun.”