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McKelvie closing the Gap on Hinckley

11:30 PM 22 Sep 2015 NZST
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September 22, 2015 - Mark McKelvie picked up some ground on Sally Hinckley this week in the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.

The week opened at The Meadows where the Nadia Lobell was won by Safe From Terror. Mark Deutsch was able to select the winner and he took the daily honors with 22.8 points. We needed the decimal point because Bryan Owen just missed with longshot The Show Returns. The place and show prices returned 22.6 points. One fifth of a point separated the early weekly leaders. Divine Caroline finished third and that caused a four way dead heat for the show spot between Sally Hinckley, Anne Stepien, Derick Giwner and Ray Cotolo.

Saturday evening the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping team visited Mohawk for another big night of racing. On this evening we witnessed perfection! There is a good reason that Mark McKelvie has been positioned near the top of the standing for so long. He correctly selected all five winners! Mark scored with Southwind Frank, Caprice Hill, Bee A Magician, Mission Brief and Pinkman. The 5X multiplier earned Mark all 196 points that were available.

Three other handicappers had four winners each. They each had a different combination of winners and earned different scores. The place honors went to Buffalo's own Michael "Horsy Boy" Carter with 122 points. Bee A Magician was the key to his second place finish. Josi Verlingieri took the show spot with 114 points and Earl Paulson was fourth with 109 points.

The final accent on this racing week was the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway where Foiled Again was the featured headliner. Mach It So edged by him at the top of the lane and while the old boy fought back with everything he had Mach It So held on for the short neck win. Mach It So, off at 8-1, returned 25 HANA contest points for a quartet of very sharp handicappers. Successfully beating the chalk were Ray Garnett, Jay Hochstetler, Earl Paulson and Anne Stepien. The rest of the HANA handicappers were grateful that there was no bonus multiplier available with the $18 winner!

Mark McKelvie easily took the weekly honors with a total of 198 points. Earl Paulson was second best with 135 and Michael Carter was third with 124. Rounding out the super and the penta were Josi Verlingieri and Bryan Owen.

There was one change to the overall contest pentafecta.  With Mach It So winning the Quillen, Earl Paulson just edged out Gordon Waterstone for the fifth spot by a mere 8.5 points.  Sally Hinckley continues to lead with Mark McKelvie slowly closing the gap.  Ann Stepien remains in third and Bob Zanakis maintained his fourth place position.  Things are sure to change next week with more than a dozen races lined up.

Standings as of September 21, 2015 - Leg 41

   

Total Points

Points Earned

Overall

Position

 

Pos

Handicapper

Prior Week

This Week

Total Points

Last Week

Points Back

1st

Sally Hinckley

2,982.80

36.30

3,019.10

1st

 

2nd

Mark McKelvie

2,598.10

198.10

2,796.20

2nd

222.9

3rd

Anne Stepien

2,440.90

88.20

2,529.10

3rd

490.0

4th

Bob Zanakis

2,354.30

63.80

2,418.10

4th

601.0

5th

Earl Paulson

2,158.70

135.00

2,293.70

6th

725.4

6th

Gordon Waterstone

2,218.40

66.80

2,285.20

5th

733.9

7th

Dennis O'Hara

2,068.30

61.70

2,130.00

7th

889.1

8th

Bryan Owen

1,929.40

89.10

2,018.50

9th

1,000.6

9th

Rusty Nash

1,938.60

58.80

1,997.40

8th

1,021.7

10th

Josi Verlingieri

1,860.90

114.60

1,975.50

10th

1,043.6

11th

Michael Carter

1,693.20

124.90

1,818.10

11th

1,201.0

12th

Ray Garnett

1,644.90

33.40

1,678.30

13th

1,340.8

13th

Derick Giwner

1,604.00

67.00

1,671.00

14th

1,348.1

14th

Mark Dezii

1,597.60

67.80

1,665.40

15th

1,353.7

15th

Garnet Barnsdale

1,651.60

5.70

1,657.30

12th

1,361.8

16th

Jay Hochstetler

1,517.00

25.40

1,542.40

16th

1,476.7

17th

Brandon Valvo

1,234.80

26.40

1,261.20

17th

1,757.9

18th

Ray Cotolo

1,124.00

83.50

1,207.50

18th

1,811.6

19th

Mark Deutsch

751.80

67.40

819.20

19th

2,199.9

Jug week is upon us and we will have plenty of HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping action starting on Wednesday from Delaware Ohio.  The week kicks off with the Jugette, Buckette, Little Brown Jug, Old Oaken Bucket and the Miss Versatility.  Saturday features the Milton from Mohawk and a nice set of stakes from Hoosier Park.

For contest selections and further information, visit the contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.

Allan Schott

HANA Harness Racing Coordinator

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