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Pavlica and Hirschberg Qualify for WHHC presented by

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Joe Pavlica, Jr. of Lyndhurst, NJ captured the November 2nd World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The Qualifier required players to place ten $5 win wagers on Meadowlands live racing.

Pavlica cashed on his final $5 wager in Race 13 with long-shot #10 Kerrin Joseph A putting his bankroll at $200.  This catapulted Joe into first place and the Qualifier win.    

Alan Hirschberg of Forest Hills, NY, also qualified for the April 18th Final with his second place finish in Saturday’s contest.  Hirschberg, a regular WHHC contest participant, hit on six of his ten wagers to finish with an $86 bankroll. 

Pavlica and Hirschberg will join Leroy Kelly of Hickory Hills, NY, Scot Strong of Parma Heights, Ohio and Stan Jocz of Clay, NY; winners of the Meadowlands Summer Survival Challenge, in the 2020 WHHC Final.

DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night.  Players can qualify for as little as $22.    Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at

The $150,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship Final is set for April 18th, 2020.  The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300.  The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool.  The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10. 

For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment ( or 201-842-5015.  For online qualifying on, players may contact






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