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WPT Las Vegas contest winner announced

September 24, 2008 · By · Share

There is no doubt that David Rettig, the winner of our Grand Prize weekend vacation for two at Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club is a racing fan: when we called him, he was just watching the last race at Belmont on TVG from his home in Branford, CT. He thought that winning the contest was fabulous news, especially after seeing what happened that day on Wall Street.

David got his passion for racing during his college years. While at Syracuse University he was within easy driving distance from Finger Lakes and Vernon Downs and used to go regularly with friends, though he wouldn't quite go so far as to say he "majored in going to the track." This was also the 70s when the OTB shows first started. He says he always watched Frank Wright on Channel 9 where they carried the last two races at Belmont.

David loves handicapping, but Harvey Pack is the big draw for him for the Siro's handicapping seminar: "I hope I'm half as sharp has he is when I'm his age." When we talked on the phone, David said he could see Harvey's book, May The Horse Be With You (autographed) from where he was sitting. He looks on handicapping as a game, a form of entertainment and "an ego thing": "when you win you feel like a genius; when you lose you feel like an idiot."

Originally from West Haven, CT David now lives not too far away in Branford. He recently sold his own business and runs the homeowners division of a retail oil company. If business is up in that area, it's a good thing for David, since he is just wrapping up putting three children, a daughter 25, son 22 and another son 20 through college. "Two more years . . ." he sighs.

Nowadays David comes to Saratoga every year a couple times during the meet: "two or three days with the guys" and then "we all come again with our wives." David's wife is not quite the racing fan he is, but loves to shop and check out the Spas when in Saratoga. As to the rest, David gets to Aqueduct and Belmont a few times a year and patronizes the teletheaters in CT. He also said that "for better or for worse" he's forty-five minutes from the casinos - Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

As it happens, David already likes to vacation in Las Vegas. He and his wife have gone every year for the past six and he's really looking forward to the trip. David's long-time dream? To own a racehorse! We may try to steer him in the right direction.   Congratulations David and enjoy the trip!

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