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Hinckley noses out Horoky in challenge

08:37 AM 30 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, Harness Racing
Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(October 29, 2017) - In perhaps the busiest three-day (10/26-10/28) week in the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, twenty-one races were contested; the Breeders Crown Finals at Hoosier Park plus the final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic at Vernon Downs as a warm up. When the harness racing results were tabulated, Sally Hinckley nosed out Steve Horoky by three points, 115.0 to 112.0.

Horoky drew first blood on Thursday night with his selection of Points North ($14.80) in the 2yo pacing colt division of the Kindergarten Classic. The selection of Points North and four others allowed Horoky to earn 70 points for the day. Dennis O'Hara had the same longshot but only a total of three winners which was good for second place for the evening.

Friday night was Hinckley's turn to draw blood and she blew the other handicappers away for the evening with her selection of Pure Country ($31.00) in the Breeders Crown Final for pacing mares which with four additional winners earned her 75 points. While two other handicappers had five winners, Hinckley's net profit of $43.50 was far ahead of her closest competitor.

With a seven-point lead going into the final night of the week's racing, Horoky was looking to put the week away on Saturday but it was not to be as Ray Cotolo took the checkered flag with a net profit of $57.80 thanks to selecting a trio of longshots; Stay Hungry ($11.00), Breeders Crown 2yo Colt and Gelding pace; Beckhams Z Tam ($11.20), Breeders Crown 3yo Colts and Gelding pace; Split The House ($18.40), Breeders Crown Open pace. Hinckley managed to pull out the victory for the week with her four winners for Saturday versus Horoky's double.

For the third week in a row, Rusty Nash leads in the overall standings, just under 48 points ahead of Anne Stepien. Gordon Waterstone is roughly 4 points further behind in third. Megan Maccario is in fourth while Sally Hinckley moved up from seventh to fifth place, still in contention with five legs remaining in the contest.

 

Standings thru Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Leg #74

 

 

 

Pos

 

Handicapper

 

Total Points Earned

 

Legs Won

 

Points Back

 

Last Week

 

Streak

 

1st

 

Rusty Nash

 

1,376.20

 

6

 

 

 

1st

 

3

 

2nd

 

Anne Stepien

 

1,328.82

 

9

 

47.38

 

2nd

 

 

 

3rd

 

Gordon Waterstone

 

1,324.50

 

10

 

51.70

 

3rd

 

 

 

4th

 

Megan Maccario

 

1,310.90

 

9

 

65.30

 

4th

 

 

 

5th

 

Sally Hinckley

 

1,295.98

 

9

 

80.22

 

7th

 

 

 

6th

 

Matt Rose

 

1,278.88

 

10

 

97.32

 

5th

 

 

 

7th

 

Dennis O’Hara

 

1,278.85

 

10

 

97.35

 

6th

 

 

 

8th

 

Steve Horoky

 

1,222.83

 

5

 

153.37

 

9th

 

 

 

9th

 

Russ Adams

 

1,182.54

 

8

 

193.66

 

8th

 

 

 

10th

 

Ray Garnett

 

1,074.11

 

6

 

302.09

 

10th

 

 

 

11th

 

Bryan Owen

 

1,041.90

 

9

 

334.30

 

11th

 

 

 

12th

 

Jay Hochstetler

 

924.50

 

4

 

451.70

 

12th

 

 

 

13th

 

Michael Carter

 

868.03

 

3

 

508.17

 

14h

 

 

 

14th

 

Ray Cotolo

 

834.33

 

5

 

541.87

 

15th

 

 

 

15th

 

Terry Wilson

 

807.47

 

5

 

568.73

 

13th

 

 

 

16th

 

Rich Mattei

 

644.30

 

2

 

731.90

 

16th

 

 

 
 

Next Up: This week ten stakes races will comprise Saturday’s leg, made up from the finals of the Kindergarten Classic from the Meadowlands and the Carl Erskine, Crossroads of America, USS Indianapolis, and Monument Circle finals at Hoosier Park.

The following week, Dover Downs hosts the Matron Stakes for 2yo and 3yo trotters and pacers of both sexes.

The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Allan Schott

HANA Harness Racing Coordinator

allan@hanaweb.org

Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

 

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