Ray Cotolo takes weekly honors in HANA Shoot-Out

12:18 AM 28 Jul 2014 NZST
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Ray Cotolo (right) with his dad, Frank
July 27, 2014 – The Meadow’s Adios Card is in the books and at the end of the day Handicapper Ray Cotolo reigned supreme for the week in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest with a weekly net profit of $305, nearly $100 ahead of his closest opponent.  
 
While Cotolo is a newcomer to the list of weekly winners, Bob Zanakis continues his run as overall leader with a combined net profit of $3,000.70 ($140 for the week), leading second place Brandon Valvo by $607.20.

This week, the adage it only takes one hit to make you a winner applies as Cotolo’s victory came thanks to a single wager, a $150 win wager on Allstar Rating in the Adioo Volo which returned a $705 dividend. 

Other handicappers had winners, but due to the short-priced nature of the card, significant winners were at a premium, amongst them were: Derick Giwner’s $150 Win ticket on Too Darn Hot in the second division of the Adren Downs 2yo C&G pace paid $480; Mark McKelvie’s $50 Win ticket on Rich Wisdom in the first division of the Arden Downs for 2yo C& G pacers paid $195; Rusty Nash’s $100 wager on the same horse paid $390; Dennis O’Hara ‘s $10 Exacta part wheel ($30 total) in the first division of the Arden Downs for 3yo Filly trotters returned $125; Josie Verlingierli $40 straight wager on the second division of the Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace, earned $156; Gordon Waterstone’s $50 Exacta in the third division of Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace which returned $115.

As the Hambletonian marks the unofficial mid-point in the stakes season, the standings for the Handicapper Shoot-Out at the mid-point are:

As of July 26, 2014 - Leg 19

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

1st

Bob Zanakis

$140.00

$3,000.70

 

2nd

Brandon Valvo

$50.00

$2,393.50

$607.20

3rd

Derick Giwner

$206.00

$623.17

$2,377.53

4th

Ray Garnett

($218.00)

$15.85

$2,984.85

5th

Mark McKelvie

($119.50)

($91.50)

$3,092.20

6th

Brian McEvoy

$7.50

($185.00)

$3,185.70

7th

Earl Paulson

($71.00)

($437.00)

$3,437.70

8th

Josi Verlingieri

($126.00)

($956.40)

$3,957.10

9th

Gordon Waterstone

$108.60

($989.30)

$3,990.00

10th

Ann Stepien

($189.00)

($1,020.11)

$4,020.81

11th

Garnet Barnsdale

($280.00)

($1,078.00)

$4,078.70

12th

Sally Hinckley

($400.00)

($1,325.00)

$4,325.70

13th

Rusty Nash

$160.00

($1,712.40)

$4,713.10

14th

Dennis O'Hara

$30.50

($2,097.70)

$5,098.40

15th

Ray Cotolo

$305.00

($3,398.40)

$6,399.10

This week, the Grand Circuit Handicapper Shoot-Out visits Meadowlands Racing & Gaming for the Hambletonian Day card amongst which are the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, $352,050 Merrie Annabelle, $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial, $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship, $177,750 Lady Liberty, and $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial.  For more information regarding the handicapping contest, please visit http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.  

by Allan Schott, for HANA

                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

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