Nashville man wins $2,000 grand prize in Racing Rachel’s Wagering Warriors

It was a fight to the finish for the winner-take-all format in the $2,000 final of Racing Rachel’s Wagering Warriors handicapping contest held at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Wednesday, Oct. 26. Each week during the season, the top player earned cash prizes and a seat in the final. Jon Anderson of Nashville, Ind. was one of the final weekly winners to advance but he kept that momentum going to earn the title and the $2,000 cash award.

 

John Anderson, pictured with “Racing” Rachel McLaughlin, was the overall winner of the $2,000 Racing Rachel’s Wagering Warriors contest held Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Cassidy Shauck)

John Anderson, pictured with “Racing” Rachel McLaughlin, was the overall winner of the $2,000 Racing Rachel’s Wagering Warriors contest held Wednesday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Cassidy Shauck)

Anderson and his wife, Joyce, recently relocated to Nashville so she could pursue her love of painting. They lived in the Tampa, Fla. area for 36 years prior to their move and were frequent visitors to nearby Tampa Bay Downs, where they developed their interest in “picking the ponies.”

 “She just loves the horses,” said Anderson following his win in the final. “She just painted a piece for the owners of Sucess is Racing (one of the local stakes winners this season at Indiana Grand).”

 When it comes to handicapping, Anderson relies on his wife’s expertise to assist him.

 “My wife is my guiding light for all these horses,” said Anderson. “She actually picked the pentafecta a few days ago and there was a carryover and she won $1,000 on a 10 cent bet.”

 Anderson completed the final competition, which included 27 players from both Indiana Grand as well as Indiana Grand’s Off Track Betting facility in Clarksville, Ind. with a bankroll of $41.60. Players utilize a mythical bankroll over five races to select winners and the player with the largest tally at the end is the winner. Anderson selected three winners in the five races of the contest.

 “I was surprised to win the contest because the last few times we’ve been here, the horses haven’t treated us too well,” added Anderson. “It seems that we are now on a winning streak.”

 Indiana Grand concluded its 120-day racing season Saturday, Oct. 29. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will approve and announce racing dates soon for the 2017 racing season.