Brandon Valvo early leader in HANA Shoot-Out

03:42 AM 28 Apr 2014 NZST
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April 27, 2014 -While five handicappers have sprinted out to the positive side of the ledger, it is Brandon Valvo who has sprinted out to an early lead in the 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.

Valvo has a net profit of $365 for week one, followed right behind by Rusty Nash who is in second place with a net profit of $343.

Both Valvo and Nash found themselves hitting the proverbial gold mine by casting a large portion of their lot on the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final, with both hitting the 3-4 Exacta of Somewherovrarainbow and Yagonnakissmeorwhat;

Valvo had a $50 Exacta Box worth $270 while Nash had a $100 Exacta worth $540. In addition to the exacta plays, Valvo had a $100 win ticket on Somewherovrarainbow which paid $345. Other key hits from other handicappers in the contest were Ray Cotolo's $40 win ticket on PH Supercam ($128); Sally Hinkley's $50 Place ticket on Apprentice Hanover ($220); Mark McKelvie's $50 Win, Place ticket on Somewherovrarainbow ($153); Anne Stepien's $40 Win, Place wager on the Matchmaker winner ($204).

The standings after the first week are as follows:

As of April 26, 2014

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

Last Pos

Days Missed

1st

Brandon Valvo

$365.00

$365.00

 

N/A

0

2nd

Rusty Nash

$343.00

$343.00

$22.00

N/A

0

3rd

Brian McEvoy

$37.50

$37.50

$327.50

N/A

0

4th

Mark McKelvie

$21.00

$21.00

$344.00

N/A

0

5th

Ann Stepien

$8.00

$8.00

$357.00

N/A

0

6th

Sally Hinckley

($30.00)

($30.00)

$395.00

N/A

0

7th

Ray Cotolo

($102.00)

($102.00)

$467.00

N/A

0

8th

Derick Giwner

($112.00)

($112.00)

$477.00

N/A

0

9th

Bob Zanakis

($126.50)

($126.50)

$491.50

N/A

0

10th

Earl Paulson

($150.00)

($150.00)

$515.00

N/A

0

11th

Garnet Barnsdale

($175.00)

($175.00)

$540.00

N/A

0

12th

Ray Garnett

($185.20)

($185.20)

$550.20

N/A

0

13th

Dennis O'Hara

($199.00)

($199.00)

$564.00

N/A

0

14th

Gordon Waterstone

($213.00)

($213.00)

$578.00

N/A

0

15th

Josi Verlingieri

($250.00)

($250.00)

$615.00

N/A

0

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

After this week's event, the contest heads down to central New Jersey for the Lady Suffolk (Friday, May 2) and the Dexter Cup (Saturday, May 3) at Freehold Raceway before the Grand Circuit heads to Miami Valley Racing for the first time on Sunday, May 4 for the Miami Valley Distaffs for trotting and pacing fillies. You may follow the contest in detail by checking out our website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.

by Allan Schott, for HANA

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