Day At The Track

Earl the Pearl celebrates birthday with win

12:20 PM 20 Aug 2012 NZST
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Horseplayers Association of North America

Yesterday (Sunday August 19) was Earl the Pearl's birthday and he celebrated it with a victory in leg 31 of HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs by having a Win ROI of 1.571 ($44.00) and an Exacta ROI of 1.811 ($101.40).

The winner of this contest leg was determined early on in Harrah’s Philadelphia card as Earl was on the plus side of the ledger for the day in both categories after the fourth race, coasting the rest of the day on to victory. In the win category, Mark McKelvie was second and Bobby Z took show honors.

In the exacta side competition, Trackmaster’s Chatsworth Consortium finished second as the only other handicapper to finish on the plus side with Mark McKelvie taking down show honors.

At the midway point of the handicapping challenge, Pen Handicapper Mark McKelvie remains on top with a 1.015 Win ROI, leading the rest of the handicappers by $100.50 as the other handicappers are beginning to bunch up. Clearly, with thirty more legs of the challenge remaining, this contest is far from settled.

The standings with thirty-one of sixty-one legs completed are as follows:

Position Name $ Won ROI
1st Mark McKelvie (P) $870.70 1.015
2nd Chatsworth Consortium (C) $770.20 0.898
3rd Pandy (C) $747.20 0.871
4th Mr Trifecta (P) $717.50 0.836
5th Bobby Z (P) $693.10 0.808
6th Scott Alberg (P) $690.90 0.805
7th Ray’s Robot (C) $656.60 0.765
8th Earl the Pearl (C) $649.20 0.757

his upcoming weekend, The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge visits Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday (8/25) evening for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro, and She’s A Great Lady stakes.

Sunday (8/26) is another doubleheader for the handicappers as they will be plying their handicapping skills at Vernon Downs in the afternoon for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open and Filly stakes for 3yo trotters followed by the Rideau Carleton Raceway card in the evening for the Frank Ryan Memorial Trot.

For handicapping selections, statistics, and additional information regarding The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge, you may visit

by Allan SCHOTT

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