Joseph “Kevin” Costello of Downers Grove, Ill. bested a total of 127 entries to take home the top prize in the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Qualifier held Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Costello hit the Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park that placed him over the top for the top prize money of $3,000.
Costello had already qualified twice for the NHC Finals, the maximum number of seats for the final prize money in Las Vegas set for March 2024. So, his seat was allotted to the fifth-place finisher as the top four players advanced to the NHC Qualifier from the event.
Joining Costello to earn prize money was Pat Cronin finishing second and winning $2,000, Kevin Harrell who finished third and won $1,000 and Mark Myrick who finished fourth and won $500. Bob Mack was the fifth-place finisher and will join Cronin, Harrell and Myrick for a seat at the final held at Las Vegas March 15-17, 2024.
“I play in several tournaments each year, but not a lot,” said Costello. “I've played in this one at Horseshoe Indianapolis before. I like the format and it worked out where I had the day off to run down and play in it.”