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Owen scores double in Handicapping Contest

10:12 AM 23 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(October 22, 2017) - The old axiom is "It only takes one race", and it was evident this weekend in the Hambletonian Society harness racing Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge. What made it strange was this was proven twice this weekend by one handicapper as Bryan Owen was the top handicapper this week. For the second week in the row, Rusty Nash sits on top of the overall contest with a shuffling of the standings below him.

While Rusty Nash had five winners selected on Friday (10/20) night at Hoosier Park, it was good only for second place as Owen selected Ella Christina ($72.00) in the Breeders Crown elimination for three year old pacing fillies as his lone winner for the evening. With his selection of the daughter of Western Ideal, Owen picked up a net profit of $98.40 for the evening the dividend for win, place, and show on Ella Christina was $123.60.

On Saturday (10/21) night, the axiom was even more evident as Sally Hinckley pick seven winners on the Breeders Crown Elimination night card yet ended up with a net loss of $4.90. However, completing the double was Owen with a net profit of $58.40 despite having no winners for the evening. This was accomplished thanks to Beckhams Z Tam finishing third which was good for a $92.80 show mutuel, the beneficiary of a failed bridge jumper gambit.

For the second week in a row, Nash topped the season-long standings, 37.38 points ahead of his nearest competitor Anne Stepien who moved into second place. Gordon Waterstone moved up one spot into third place while Megan Maccario slipped from second to fourth place. A total of 50.30 points separates first from fourth place meaning the contest may come down to the last day of the contest.  

Standings thru Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Leg #71

 

 

 

Pos

 

Handicapper

 

Total Points Earned

 

Legs Won

 

Points Back

 

Last Week

 

Streak

 

1st

 

Rusty Nash

 

1,325.20

 

6

 

 

 

1st

 

2

 

2nd

 

Anne Stepien

 

1,287.82

 

9

 

37.38

 

3rd

 

 

 

3rd

 

Gordon Waterstone

 

1,275.50

 

10

 

49.70

 

4th

 

 

 

4th

 

Megan Maccario

 

1,274.90

 

9

 

50.30

 

2nd

 

 

 

5th

 

Matt Rose

 

1,198.88

 

10

 

126.32

 

6th

 

 

 

6th

 

Dennis O’Hara

 

1,183.85

 

10

 

141.35

 

5th

 

 

 

7th

 

Sally Hinckley

 

1,180.98

 

8

 

144.22

 

7th

 

 

 

8th

 

Russ Adams

 

1,143.54

 

8

 

181.66

 

8th

 

 

 

9th

 

Steve Horoky

 

1,110.83

 

4

 

214.37

 

9th

 

 

 

10th

 

Ray Garnett

 

1,055.11

 

6

 

270.09

 

10th

 

 

 

11th

 

Bryan Owen

 

1,025.90

 

9

 

299.30

 

11th

 

 

 

12th

 

Jay Hochstetler

 

858.50

 

4

 

466.70

 

12th

 

 

 

13th

 

Terry Wilson

 

796.47

 

5

 

528.73

 

15th

 

 

 

14th

 

Michael Carter

 

794.03

 

3

 

531.17

 

14th

 

 

 

15th

 

Ray Cotolo

 

762.33

 

4

 

562.87

 

13th

 

 

 

16th

 

Rich Mattei

 

618.30

 

2

 

706.90

 

16th

 

 

 
 

Next Up: While the focus will be on the Breeders Crown races on Friday and Saturday (10/27-28), the contest week begins on Thursday (10/26) as the Kindergarten Classic’s fifth and final preliminary leg will be contested for late blooming juveniles on Thursday (10/26) at Vernon Downs.  Hoosier Park will host in addition to the Crown finals The Pegasus for three year old fillies of both gaits on Friday; three year old colts and geldings on Saturday. 

The following week, Saturday (11/4) has an overflow of stakes from the Meadowlands and Hoosier Park of which the ten races will the highest purses will be used for the contest.

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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