Day At The Track

Leg twenty-eight of The Pen vs. The Chip

03:43 PM 13 Aug 2012 NZST
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Chip Handicapper Earl the Pearl dominated leg twenty-eight of HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by scoring a Win ROI of 2.005 with gross earnings of $44.10 on the eleven race Confederation Cup racing program at Flamboro Downs by picking the winner of six races.

In addition to taking top honors in this leg of the contest, Earl also finished on top in the Exacta side challenge by scoring a ROI of 2.020 with gross earnings of $80.80.

Mr. Trifecta(1.177 ROI, $25.90) and Scott Alberg (1.173, $25.80) were also on the plus side of the ledger on Sunday, while Alberg was the only other handicapper besides Earl to end up positive in the Exacta standings by having a ROI of 1.098 ($48.30)

With twenty-eight legs of the handicapping challenge completed, Mark McKelvie remains in front in the contest to date standings with a ROI of 1.046, $115.50 ahead of Trackmaster’s Chatsworth Consortium who maintains a $1.90 lead over third place Pandy. With the Pen vs. Chip Handicapping Challenge less than half way through its slate, there is plenty of time for movement in the standings.

The complete standings with twenty-eight of sixty-one legs completed are as follows:

Position              Name                   $ Won               ROI

1st               Mark McKelvie (P)        $811.50           1.046

2nd   Chatsworth Consortium (C)      $696.00           0.897

3rd                 Pandy (C)                $694.10           0.894

4th             Mr. Trifecta (P)             $662.40           0.854

5th             Scott Alberg (P)            $615.10           0.793

6th                Bobby Z (P)              $614.20           0.791

7th           Earl the Pearl (C)            $577.60          0.744

8th           Ray's Robot (C)              $576.50          0.743   

After a brief lull in the contest, things pick up considerably with this coming weekend’s schedule. There are three handicapping legs this weekend starting with Friday (8/17) evening’s closing night card at the Meadowlands where there are numerous stakes races to close out the meet including the $431,400 William Haughton Memorial. Other races on the program include $200,000 Moni Maker, $216,000 Golden Girls, finals of the NJSS for two year olds and a leg of the Miss Versatility. Also on the card is an exhibition RUS race. The stakes laden racing program begins at a special post time of 6:35pm.

Saturday (8/18) night, the handicapping challenge heads to Prince Edward Island for the $60,000 Sobey’s Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores Charlottetown to close out this year’s Old Home Week festivities. The Gold Cup and Saucer has been called by some as Canada’s Little Brown Jug. Post time at Charlottetown will be 6:45pm local time (5:45pm EDT).

Finally on Sunday (8/19), the contest’s mid-way point is reached with Harrah’s Philadelphia Super Sunday racing program which features the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine headlining the stakes laden card. Other stakes on the card will be the $500,000 Colonial Trot, $350,000 Valley Forge, $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational Trot, and $150,000 PHHA Invitational. For Super Sunday, Harrah’s Philadelphia has a special post time of 1:30pm.

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