John Arendt’s strategy – “Don’t play the favorites.” 

However, with that thinking he obviously would not have bet on himself winning Fraser Downs’ Ultimate Capper Contest. Win the veteran handicapper did, successfully using his strategy on the horses, and now he will be heading to California. 

Arendt, a resident of Aldergrove, captured a vacation for two (his guest will be his wife) to see the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar race track on Aug. 22 in sunny Southern California. 

He clinched his triumph with a sixth-place finish ($50.40) in the late week on races from Hollywood Park and completed the contest with a nifty total of  $303.50. Debbie Tarabas could not catch Arendt and stayed in second place, $29.60 behind.  

Arendt is excited to be going to Del Mar even though he has “been there a couple of times.”  

“It’s (winning this version of the UCC) the best I’ve ever done in any of the contests although I have come close,” he added. “I don’t play favorites and I’m always shooting for prices.” 

Arendt admits that you would have to say he is a regular at the Downs, although he “bets more on the thoroughbreds. I do my own handicapping, I’ve been doing it for 35 or 40 years.” 

Arendt took over the lead in the UCC after week five (he won $92.30 that week in which he was second best) and despite being blanked in week six was never headed again.  

Ron Miscich jumped to third in the final week at $238.90, Tim Wiesner finished fourth at $209.10 and Phil Rowe used a second-place finish ($56.50) in the last week to vault to fifth at $205.60.  

Rounding out the top 10 finishers in the popular event were Wray Jones at $203.60, Roy Yip, who picked up money in each and every week, $203.10, Bob Kosolofski $201.40, Sid Marshall $198.20 and Andy Kevener, despite being blanked the first five weeks, $182.40. 

Gloria Rosvold was the top handicapper in the 10th and final week with $62.70 won at Hollywood Park. Rowe and Dave Schwab were second and third. Other weekly winners were Jones, Kosolofski, Wiesner, Tarabas, Marshall, Kevener, Brenda Hoffman, Fred Lester and Les Raymond. 

The UCC started May 1 and covered 10 consecutive Saturdays. Contestants picked a horse in three of the designated six races from the track of the week. A mythical $2 win/place/show wager was made on each of the three horses selected and at the end of each contest day, the top three contestants won cash. 

The contestant with the highest total of mythical dollars won over the 10-week period won the Del Mar vacation for two, courtesy of Fraser Downs. The vacation includes a flight from Vancouver International Airport, three nights accommodation, premium seating while at the race track and $500 spending /transportation money.

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