Ultimate ShowVivor Online Contest - Three Left!
Three players still left in Portland Meadows Ultimate ShowVivor Online Contest
After 38 racing days and 1692 eliminated players, there are only three players left who are still in search of $10,000 by winning Portland Meadows Ultimate ShowVivor Online Contest. The free contest started on July 29th and requires players to make a selection for each racing day. If their selection finishes in the top three positions, then they move onto the next day. If their horse finishes out of the top three, then they are out. After 38 racing days in the contest, only three players remain with a chance at a top prize of $10,000. If the winner makes it through the end of the season without having a horse finish off the board, they take home $10,000. If none of the players makes it to seasons end, the player who lasts the longest will take home $5,000.
Bruce Meyer, Howard Schmidt, and Bob Lunny are the three remaining players, and have selected 38 horses over the last three and a half months, and each time their selections have run in the money. Lunny has picked 26 winners, 7 runner ups and 5 third place finishes. Howard Schmidt has picked 25 winners, with 12 second place finishes and 2 third place finishes. Meyer has tabbed 20 winners, eleven runner ups and 7 third place finishes.
Bruce Meyer is no stranger to ShowVivor contests and won $3,000 in the Santa Anita Winter/Spring ShowVivor Contest back in 2009. The 47 year old Meyer is a long time horse player who lives in Prior Lake, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis and got his start playing the races when Canterbury Park opened up in 1985. Meyer tries to play all of the ShowVivor contests he can whenever a track offers one up.
“Most of the time I get eliminated after five days,” said Meyer. “A person really needs an extreme amount of luck on their side to keep surviving and win something like this against a large field. My strategy so far has been to stick to the basics and try to select horses with as few negatives as possible. I try to find horses who are either dominant on speed figures or have a distinct pace advantage. I’ve been using horses from the top trainers like Jonathan Nance and Nick Lowe as well as jockeys like Luis Torres, Marijo Terleski and Anne Sanguinetti most of the time.”
It hasn’t all been easy winners for Meyer so far in the contest.
“August 12th was my closest call,” said Meyer. “My selection That’sthataboutthat bolted on the far turn and was a well beaten third, but managed to hang on and finish ahead of the fourth place horse by about a length.
Howard Schmidt is a 46 year old handicapper who has been playing the races for 30 years. The Newtown, Pennsylvania resident plays at his home track of Monmouth Park regularly and has been a new player at Portland Meadows this season.
“It’s been great to learn about the racing at Portland Meadows,” said Schmidt. “I now know the trainers and jockeys as well as any national known track like Santa Anita or Belmont Park.”
Schmidt says he’s really focused on certain connections during his run in the contest.
“I have tried to use the high percentage trainers and jockeys as much as possible,” said Schmidt. “Folks like Nick Lowe, Jonathan Nance, Ben Root and their “go-to” jocks like Luis Torres, Anne Sanguinetti, Marijo Terleski and Debbie Hoonan. I’ve only had one close call, where my horse finished third just three quarters of a length ahead of the fourth place finisher.”
Meyer, Schmidt and Lunny will make their selections next for Wednesday November 7th and all three will continue to try and survive!