College students, alumni try hand at handicapping races at The Spa – New York News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> On Friday, the track featured the first ever College & Alumni Handicapping Tournament.

Representatives — including students and alumni — from area schools could test their handicapping skills in a live money tournament for the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship for their school from the New York Racing Association.

Jay Geiger, from University at Albany, was captain for a 10-member team.

“It’s great, but it puts a little bit of pressure on me to get this done for our university, but hopefully we will come out on top,” said the horse owner. “We’re going to try our hardest here to get this done for us, so hopefully we will be able to work out a few long shots later in the card.”


The handicapping tournament package included 10 grandstand reserved seats, admission and a $30 wagering card.

The wagering card was utilized by the group to place five, $2 win/place/show bets on one horse in five different races on the day’s card.

The group with the most money remaining on its wagering card at the conclusion of the day’s schedule was set to receive a $5,000 scholarship for its alma mater’s alumni association. Second place would get $2,500 while third place earned $1,000 in scholarship funds. The results were not available by this newspaper’s deadline.

SUNY Empire State celebrated its 23rd straight year at the track.

“It’s a great day. We bring together a lot of our alumni, donors. It’s kind of a get together. We think about a little bit of the college and all the difference in…

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