Showalter wins Jocks Agent Contest

After eight weeks of intense handicapping and jockeying for position, Gary Showalter came out as the winner of the 007 Jock’s Agent contest. The event was the second session of the year and awarded Showalter with a trophy and the top prize of $1,000.

Gary Showalter is presented with his $1,000 check and a trophy for earning the top spot in the second session of 007 Jock's Agent, a contest that ran during July and August at Indiana Grand.

Gary Showalter is presented with his $1,000 check and a trophy for earning the top spot in the second session of 007 Jock’s Agent, a contest that ran during July and August at Indiana Grand.

The 007 Jocks Agent contest allows players to choose two jockeys to represent. During the contest, they are allotted five “fire” cards and can switch to other jockeys. Points are based on total purse earnings.

Showalter is a regular contest player at Indiana Grand and took the lead early. He utilized his “fire” cards and switched up his two jockeys during Indiana Derby Week, “hiring” Rafael Bejarano, who won the Indiana Derby. He also “hired” Marcelino Pedroza, who had a great month. The move proved to be just what he needed to get on top and stay there for the duration of the contest.

“After Indiana Derby, I sort of stopped doing as well, but those first few weeks got me on top,” said Showalter.

A native of Indianapolis, Showalter completed the second session of the contest with an accumulation of earnings of $1,903,364.00. The final two jockeys on his roster were Rodney Prescott and Fernando De La Cruz, who has scooted out to a commanding lead over the past month of racing in the race for leading jockey.

The second place finisher in the 007 Jock’s Agent contest was Tony Fannin with a total of $1,884,352.00 while John Napariu finished third with total accumulated purse earnings of $1,759,634.00. Fannin won $500 for finishing second while Napariu won $100 for his third place finish.