New Yorker wins NHC X in last race

Updated: January 24, 2009, 9:54 PM ET
By Dave Tuley | Daily Racing Form

LAS VEGAS -- John Conte, 68, of Oceanside, N.Y., won the $500,000 first-place prize and title of Handicapper of the Year in the 10th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at the Red Rock Resort that concluded Saturday.

He was sitting in 11th place going into the final race of the two-day contest and used Raiding Party, who paid $46.60 to win (capped at $42 for scoring purposes) and $13 to place. No one ahead of him used the horse and he finished with a contest bankroll of $228.

Dennis Decauwer, 59, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the leader going into the final race, finished second with $221.50 to win $150,000.

Dave Tuley has covered the Las Vegas race and sports book scene since 1998 and runs his own website, ViewFromVegas.com.