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The Fourstardave Winner of a $15,000 Win Wager Announced by Saratoga 150

By Ed Lewi | 08/05/2013 04:35 PM ET
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If Adam McNeill of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., chooses the winning horse in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on August 10, he will get to take home the full on-track winnings from a $15,000 wager, not having spent a penny of his own cash.

McNeill will have the opportunity to direct a $15,000 win wager, this Saturday, at Saratoga Race Course, using Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson's money, as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration. He will attend the races Saturday with his wife, Jennifer Runkel.

McNeill is the second Saratoga area resident to win the contest. The first week's winner, Kevin Brockley of Gansevoort, N.Y., placed his $15,000 win wager on favored Fort Larned, who finished fifth in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap.

"Saratoga Race Course has always been about the great experience," said McNeill, a financial planner with the Saratoga investment management firm of McNeill Financial Group. "No matter what the outcome is, I'm excited for this chance to bet it all to win this Saturday."

Sesquicentennial Honorary Chairs Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson are underwriting the $75,000 Saratoga 150 promotion that offers five lucky fans this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The couple initiated the idea for the Saratoga 150 promotion as ardent supporters of racing.

The presentation of the $15,000 in cash and the wager will take place in the winner's circle after the ninth race on Saturday.

The promotion will continue on August 17 for the $600,000 Alabama Stakes; August 24 for the $1 million Travers Stakes, and August 31 for the $750,000 Woodward Stakes.

Registration for the three remaining $15,000 fan-wager drawings can be made on the sesquicentennial website, www.Saratoga150.com/contest.

Drawings for the five $15,000 win wagers are held weekly, in a random, electronic-based system. Each entry is assigned a number as it is entered on the website, and someone from the public chooses a number, each week, within the database of registered numbers; thereby picking the winner for the chance to direct the bet. Contest winners are notified by phone and e-mail, and on the Monday before the win wager, the contest winner is announced at Saratoga Race Course. He or she must agree to be present at the track on the day of their designated race to direct the wager. 

All entrants must be 21 years of age, and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C. only one entry, per person, is allowed, and no more than three entries from any one computer. Winners must agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth within the online registration.

The weekly contest winner, and a guest, receives VIP Clubhouse amenities including admission, luncheon and programs from the New York Racing Association that operates Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct Thoroughbred tracks.

Questions about the registration process or winner drawings may be directed to info@saratoga150.com.

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