Day At The Track

Hinckley holds off furious drive by Stepien

03:14 AM 26 Aug 2015 NZST
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August 24, 2015 - It was a busy triple header for the field of the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.

Friday night kicked off with four races. One from The Meadows and three from Vernon Downs (one of our contest sponsors). Four handicappers were able to select three of the four winners. Michael Carter took the early weekend lead with the better priced trio at 144 points. Anne Stepien, Sally Hinckley and Bryan Owen were close behind with 125 points. At the end of night one Sally easily remained the leader of the pack.

Saturday was a marathon event with five from Mohawk and most of the Pocono Downs card on the playlist. It was close to a "no contest" as Anne Stepien simply crushed the field with an amazing performance of 892 points. With eight winners she scored almost double the next best handicapper. If Anne was Wiggle It Jiggleit she would have won by the length of the stretch in 1:46 with Montrell enjoying a soft drink and a good read.

With seven winners each tour leader Sally Hinckley and Gordon Waterstone were both a very respectable "best of the rest" on what proved to be a very difficult Saturday evening for many of the players. Sally added 497 points to her contest leading total and Gordon added 473.

The Saturday night rain out of the Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino (one of our contest sponsors) saw that event added to the Sunday line up of the Prix D'Ete and the Roll With Joe. Dennis O'Hara and Gordon Waterstone both went a perfect three for three and earned the maximum possible 87 points.

Big movers on the weekend, in addition to Anne, were Gordon Waterstone and Bryan Owen. Gordon moved up to fourth and Bryan brushed from fifteenth to eighth. The continued excellence of Sally Hinckley earned her runner up spot on the weekend to Anne Stepien. With a cushion of more than three hundred points Sally is still wearing the colors of our tour leader.

Standings as of August 23, 2015 - Leg 30

 

Total Points

Points Earned

Overall

Position

Pos

Handicapper

Prior Week

This Week

Total Points

Last Week

1st

Sally Hinckley

1,970.90

629.90

2,600.80

1st

2nd

Anne Stepien

1,217.50

1,046.50

2,264.00

9th

3rd

Mark McKelvie

1,929.70

268.30

2,198.00

2nd

4th

Gordon Waterstone

1,378.90

568.90

1,947.80

6th

5th

Bob Zanakis

1,595.80

295.30

1,891.10

3rd

6th

Dennis O'Hara

1,462.00

358.50

1,820.50

5th

7th

Earl Paulson

1,536.50

263.70

1,800.20

4th

8th

Bryan Owen

1,054.40

547.80

1,602.20

15th

9th

Michael Carter

1,248.50

324.40

1,572.90

8th

10th

Josi Verlingieri

1,262.50

219.30

1,481.80

7th

11th

Mark Dezii

1,135.60

283.40

1,419.00

13th

12th

Ray Garnett

969.20

447.90

1,417.10

17th

13th

Rusty Nash

1,171.40

185.10

1,356.50

12th

14th

Garnet Barnsdale

1,043.80

282.60

1,326.40

16th

15th

Jay Hochstetler

1,173.10

137.40

1,310.50

11th

16th

Derick Giwner

1,079.00

144.60

1,223.60

14th

17th

Brandon Valvo

1,176.20

15.10

1,191.30

10th

18th

Ray Cotolo

757.30

93.50

850.80

18th

19th

Mark Deutsch

531.40

0.00

531.40

19th

 

Next week there are only two Grand Circuit events on tap and both are at Yonkers.  In all likelihood the ladies will again be leading the pack at the conclusion of next week’s contests.  Quite fittingly the two races are the Lady Maud and the Hudson Filly.

By Rusty Nash for HANA Harness

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