Diana Chaney wins 007 Jock’s Agent Contest

After six weeks of competition, Diana Chaney was crowned the winner of the 007 Jock’s Agent Contest at Indiana Grand Saturday, May 28. The contest allowed players to choose two jockeys to represent from the local colony. They had five “fire” cards in which they could change jockeys as the contest progressed to try to earn as much money in their bankroll as possible. However, Chaney chose to stick with her initial two jockeys and prevailed in a late rush to the top to take home the top prize of $1,000.

“I chose (Albin) Jimenez and (Fernando) De La Cruz and stuck with them the whole time,” said Chaney. “I really like both of them and use them when I’m betting on races.”

A native of Shelbyville, Chaney is a longtime horseplayer. She attends the races every week at the track and plays in a lot of the free on-track contests offered to fans. She has won smaller amounts before, but this is the first grand prize she has won at Indiana Grand.

“I won the Sur-5-vor contest one time, but this is by far the biggest prize I have won,” said Chaney. “I have been going to the races since I was about five years old. My entire family used to go to Louisville Downs and Scioto Downs and other tracks when I was growing up. I actually like to handicap the harness a little better, but I like the Thoroughbreds too.”

Chaney joins several of her family members at the track each week to watch and wager on the horse races. She has five living brothers, each who share her passion for the sport. In fact, her brother, Lawrence Smothers, finished second in the contest in a tie with Greg Cook. Each player took home $300 for their second place finish.

Heading into the final week of the contest, Smothers and Cook were tied at the top. However, Chaney had a huge day with her two jockeys on Wednesday. Both Jimenez and De La Cruz each won a stakes race on the Wednesday card, catapulting her to the top for accumulated purse earnings. Chaney completed the contest with a total of $1,062,884 in combined purse earnings from De La Cruz and Jimenez. Smothers and Cook, who led the way from the start, each completed the contest with $1,045,379 in combined earnings to split second and third place monies combined. Both players selected Albin Jimenez and Rodney Prescott as their jockeys for the entire contest. Other top five finishers in the contest were Nancy Crone, Ron Mitchell and Tony Fannin who each finished with combined purse earnings of $1,040,164.

A second session of 007 Jock’s Agent will be offered during the months of July and August. Once again, players may select two jockeys to represent during the contest and will have five opportunities to exchange their jockeys for others during the six-week period. The second session of the contest begins Tuesday, July 5 and runs through Friday, Aug. 26 with the winner announced Saturday, Aug. 27. First place will once again receive $1,000 while second place earns $500 and third place will receive $100.