ELMONT, N.Y. – Kevin Cox, 42, of Brooklyn, won the 2013 Belmont Park Handicapping Challenge, earning a $40,000 cash prize and a seat at the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in January in Las Vegas.

In second place with four races left in the contest, Cox took the lead after selecting Big John B ($7.80) in the ninth race at Monmouth Park and added to his lead when Sunny Surprise ($5.00) took the ninth race at Arlington Park.

Cox finished with a final bankroll of $1,400, edging runner-up Joe Scanio ($1,274) and third-place finisher Jamaal Barnett ($1,262). Scanio and Barnett earned $15,600 and $10,000, respectively, for their finishes.