It came down to the last race on the Meadowlands' final harness racing card for 2012. More specifically, it came down to a head.
When Mega Lightning (Ron Pierce) defeated Handicapper Mark McKelvieâ€™s selection Blue Claw (Brian Sears) in the twelfth race by a head last night, it gave Chip Handicapper Pandy (Robert Pandalfo) the title of King of the Meadowlands in HANA Harnessâ€™ The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs by having the highest Win ROI of all the handicappers for the legs of the challenge contested at the Meadowlands.
Pandy ( Meadowlands Win ROI 1.148) defeated Pen Handicapper Mark McKelvie by 0.006, a difference of $1.00. For his victory, the Meadowlands will be making a $100 donation to The Starfish Group (this in addition to the sponsorship fee which will be donated to the overall contest winnerâ€™s standardbred rescue of choice).
While Pandy took the overall Meadowlands handicapping crown, Scott Alberg came out on top last night with a Win ROI of 1.117, while place and show honors went to Rayâ€™s Robot and Bobby Z, respectively. In the Exacta key side competition, Bobby Z was the victor with a ROI of 1.522 with Scott Alberg (1.300) coming in second and Trackmasterâ€™s Chatsworth Consortium (1.213) coming in third.
With twenty-nine legs completed, Mark McKelvie remains the leader with a ROI of 1.03 ($823.70) overall in the contest, a 0.134 lead of the Chatsworth Consortium with Pandy 0.008 further back in third.
The complete standings with twenty-nine of sixty-one legs completed are as follows:
|1st||Mark McKelvie (P)||$823.70||1.03|
|2nd||Chatsworth Consortium (C)||$716.40||0.896|
|4th||Mr. Trifecta (P)||$682.80||0.854|
|5th||Scott Alberg (P)||$641.90||0.802|
|6th||Bobby Z (P)||$636.80||0.796|
|7th||Ray's Robot (C)||$599.30||0.749|
|8th||the Pearl (C)||$588.00||0.735|
he Pen vs. Chip Handicapping Challenge continues this evening with the contest making its only stop in the Canadian Maritimes for the $60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer being contested as part of the evening card at Red Shores Charlottetown (Charlottetown Driving Park) on Prince Edward Island with a post time of 6:45 ADT (5:45 EDT). In addition to the Gold Cup and Saucer, other events being contested are the Joe Oâ€™Brien Memorial, Erwin Andrew Memorial Trot, Spud Island Pace, and The Papermaker.
Sunday afternoon brings the handicapping challenge to Harrahâ€™s Philadelphia for Super Sundayâ€™s stakes-laden card highlighted by The Battle of The Brandywine for 3yo pacing colts. Handicapping selections for the eveningâ€™s card at Red Shores Charlottetown are now available on the contest website with selections for the card at Harrahâ€™s being available on Sunday morning.
For handicapping selections, statistics, and additional information regarding The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge, you may visit http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.
by Allan SCHOTT