It's Stepien's week in HANA Grand Circuit shoot-out

08:46 AM 21 Jul 2014 NZST
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Bob Zanakis is still the leader in the HANA Shoot-Out

July 20, 2014 – Sebastian K’s defeat in the Maple Leaf Trot broke many a handicappers’ heart but Anne Stepien managed to play the race right and as a result is the weekly champion in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.

By having a net profit of $479.06 for the weekend, moving from 12th place to 10th.  Rusty Nash was second best with a net profit of $260 won in the Lawrence B. Sheppard ay Yonkers Raceway, moving up one slot to 13th place.  Although showing only a $5 profit for the week, Bob Zanakis remains in 1stplace with an overall net profit of $2,860.70, $517.20 ahead of 2nd place Brandon Valvo.  

There were several key hits for the weekend.  Ray Garnett managed to break even for the weekend thanks to his three horse $10 Exacta Box ($60 total) in the Battle of Lake Erie, which paid $240.  Derick Giwner managed a symbolic $2 profit for the weekend thanks to his $80 Win wager in the Sheppard which paid $252.00.  Rusty Nash’s 2nd place finish came as a result of his $100 Win, Place ticket in the Sheppard which rewarded him with a $510 dividend.  The weekly champion, Ann Stepien managed to earn her victory wheeling Sebastian K in a $4 Key Exacta Box with 8 horses ($64), earning her $619.40.  Bob Zanakis made a $5 profit thanks to his $50 Win, Place ticket ($100) in the Yonkers stake which paid $255.00. 

Here are the standings after Saturday night’s action.

As of July 19, 2014 - Leg 18

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

1st

Bob Zanakis

$5.00

$2,860.70

 

2nd

Brandon Valvo

($210.00)

$2,343.50

$517.20

3rd

Derick Giwner

$2.00

$417.17

$2,443.53

4th

Ray Garnett

$0.00

$233.85

$2,626.85

5th

Mark McKelvie

($250.00)

$28.00

$2,832.70

6th

Brian McEvoy

$12.50

($192.50)

$3,053.20

7th

Earl Paulson

($250.00)

($366.00)

$3,226.70

8th

Garnet Barnsdale

($250.00)

($798.00)

$3,658.70

9th

Josi Verlingieri

($150.00)

($830.40)

$3,691.10

10th

Ann Stepien

$479.06

($831.11)

$3,691.81

11th

Sally Hinckley

($250.00)

($925.00)

$3,785.70

12th

Gordon Waterstone

($250.00)

($1,097.90)

$3,958.60

13th

Rusty Nash

$260.00

($1,872.40)

$4,733.10

14th

Dennis O'Hara

($250.00)

($2,128.20)

$4,988.90

15th

Ray Cotolo

($250.00)

($3,703.40)

$6,564.10

The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out visits the Meadows this weekend on Saturday, July 26, for the $400,000 Adios, $150,000 Adioo Volo, and the Arden Downs for 2yo pacers and 3yo trotters of both sexes. Further contest details may be found at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.

by Allan Schott, for HANA

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