Bob Zanakis takes lead in Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

05:06 AM 06 May 2014 NZST
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May 5, 2014 - While early on in the contest, Bob Zanakis led all the handicappers this week and easily rolled to the front in HANA Harness' 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.

Thanks to a net profit of $953.85 for the week and an overall profit of $827.35 for the first four legs of the contest, Zanakis' leads over Barndon Valvo as he drops back to second place with an overall profit of $695. Out of 15 handicappers, seven were in the black.

Gordon Waterstone kicked off the weekend's activity with a $540 profit on the second division of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway with a $40 Exacta Wheel topped with 1-9 Cee Bee Yes and 35-1 long shot Pinking of You in the runner up spot.

After that, it was the Bob Zanakis show. On Saturday, Zanakis earned $408 on the Dexter Cup by earning $275 with a $25 Exacta partial wheel and $162.15 on a $.50 Superfecta play. Sunday night, the debut of the Grand Circuit racing at Miami Valley Raceway once again found Zanakis in front with a $490.20 profit followed by Mark McKelvie ($390), Brandon Valvo ($375), and Garnet Barnsdale ($322). Barnsdale earned $442 on a $65 Trifecta partial wheel in the Miami Valley Distaff Trot while McKelvie earned a profit of $196 on the Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Pace and $194 on the Distaff trot. First week leader Valvo earned $375 by betting $250 to win on Shebestingin in the Skip Noble Memorial.

The standings at the end of the fourth leg of the contest are:

As of May 4, 2014 - Leg 4

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

Last Pos

Days Missed

1st

Bob Zanakis

$953.85

$827.35

 

1st

0

2nd

Brandon Valvo

$330.00

$695.00

$132.35

2nd

0

3rd

Gordon Waterstone

$538.00

$325.00

$502.35

3rd

0

4th

Mark McKelvie

$244.00

$265.00

$562.35

9th

0

5th

Derick Giwner

$254.00

$142.00

$685.35

7th

0

6th

Brian McEvoy

$70.00

$107.50

$719.85

4th

0

7th

Earl Paulson

$217.50

$67.50

$759.85

8th

0

8th

Sally Hinckley

($108.40)

($113.40)

$940.75

6th

0

9th

Rusty Nash

($503.00)

($160.00)

$987.35

5th

0

10th

Ray Garnett

($65.50)

($250.70)

$1,078.05

10th

0

11th

Garnet Barnsdale

($168.00)

($343.00)

$1,170.35

14th

0

12th

Ann Stepien

($413.00)

($385.00)

$1,212.35

11th

0

13th

Dennis O'Hara

($292.00)

($491.00)

$1,318.35

13th

0

14th

Ray Cotolo

($439.00)

($541.00)

$1,368.35

12th

0

15th

Josi Verlingieri

($529.00)

($779.00)

$1,606.35

15th

0

Five grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day.

The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out resumes on Saturday evening, May 10, at the Meadowlands for the 1st leg of the TVG/Meadowlands Early Closing series.

by Allan Schott, for HANA

 

 

 

 

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