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Rusty Nash winner Handicapping Challenge

05:56 PM 02 Dec 2017 NZDT
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Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, Harness Racing
Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(December 1, 2017) - With the victory of Downbytheseaside in Dover Down's Hap Hansen Progress Stakes on November 30, Rusty Nash was crowned the winner of the 2017 Edition of the harness racing Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge.

With seven handicappers sharing the 100 points for selecting the race winner, there was no opportunity for Gordon Waterstone, Sally Hinckley or the others to move up and challenge Nash for the checkered flag.

By winning the Handicapping Challenge, Rusty Nash earned $3,225 for Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue in the United States and $925 for Greener Pastures - BC Standardbred Horse Adoption Society in Canada. Second place finisher Gordon Waterstone earned $1,650 for Horse Lovers United (US) and $450 for Galahad Refuge (CA). For finishing third, Sally Hinckley earned $825 for Helping Hearts Equine Rescue (US) and $225 for Morningstar Acres (CA).

For having the best net profit for the contest, Ray Cotolo earned $550 for Racer Placers (US) and $150 for Galahad Refuge (CA).

HANA Harness would like to thank our Gold Sponsors 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; our Silver Sponsors Aquaflow LLC, Eldorado/Scioto Downs, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and the Raceway at Western Fair District for their contributions which make this contest possible.  With the $8,000 being distributed to standardbred horse rescues this cycle, the HANA Harness contest will have facilitated in the distribution of over $33,000 over the past six years.

FINAL STANDINGS (79 Legs)

 

 

 

Pos

 

Handicapper

 

Total Points Earned

 

Legs Won

 

Points Back

 

Last Week

 

Streak

 

1st

 

Rusty Nash

 

1,503.99

 

8

 

 

 

1st

 

8

 

2nd

 

Gordon Waterstone

 

1,467.29

 

11

 

36.70

 

2nd

 

 

 

3rd

 

Sally Hinckley

 

1,426.77

 

11

 

77.22

 

3rd

 

 

 

4th

 

Anne Stepien

 

1,386.11

 

10

 

117.88

 

5th

 

 

 

5th

 

Megan Maccario

 

1,381.90

 

9

 

122.09

 

4th

 

 

 

6th

 

Dennis O’Hara

 

1,356.14

 

11

 

147.85

 

7th

 

 

 

7th

 

Matt Rose

 

1,339.88

 

10

 

164.11

 

6th

 

 

 

8th

 

Steve Horoky

 

1,272.83

 

5

 

231.16

 

8th

 

 

 

9th

 

Russ Adams

 

1,218.54

 

8

 

285.45

 

9th

 

 

 

10th

 

Ray Garnett

 

1,121.90

 

7

 

382.09

 

10th

 

 

 

11th

 

Jay Hochstetler

 

1,063.50

 

5

 

440.49

 

12th

 

 

 

12th

 

Bryan Owen

 

1,051.90

 

9

 

452.09

 

11th

 

 

 

13th

 

Michael Carter

 

900.03

 

3

 

603.96

 

13th

 

 

 

14th

 

Terry Wilson

 

839.76

 

3

 

664.23

 

14th

 

 

 

15th

 

Ray Cotolo

 

834.33

 

5

 

669.66

 

15th

 

 

 

16th

 

Rich Mattei

 

644.30

 

2

 

859.69

 

16th

 

 

 

This 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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