Day At The Track

Stepien wins week, Nash returns to top

10:44 AM 16 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, Harness Racing
Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(October 15, 2017) - With the Red Mile harness racing meet in the books, the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge moved on to Hoosier Park for the start of a three-week residency which culminates with the 2017 Breeders Crown. Week one had two nights (10/12 &10/14) of Circle City and Madison County stakes contested and once the races concluded, Anne Stepien was the winner while Rusty Nash returned to the perch as the overall leader for the contest with roughly six weeks remaining on the schedule.

Stepien was the top handicapper for the week with 72 points vs. the 57 points for Dennis O'Hara in what could be called a tale of two nights. Thursday night, O'Hara was victorious without having a single winner thanks to his selection of Danceinthepines in the Circle City for 3yo trotting fillies; the longshot paying $14.80 and $6.40 for coming in second. The longshot provided him the winning margin despite four handicappers each having two winning picks. Saturday evening was a new day with Stepien tabbing four winners for the night, including the Courageous Lady Stake added on from Northfield Park, where her selection of Rosemary Rose ($20.60) made her one of two handicappers to have a positive ROI for the day.

In what seems to be a pattern late in the contest, Nash and Maccario once again swapped spots with Nash coming out on top with a margin of 4.3 points. While the two handicappers have been locked in battle for the top spot, Stepien and Gordon Waterstone are lurking behind the duo, less than 22 points behind the leader and are clearly contenders to watch.  

Standings thru Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Leg #69

 

 

 

Pos

 

Handicapper

 

Total Points Earned

 

Legs Won

 

Points Back

 

Last Week

 

Streak

 

1st

 

Rusty Nash

 

1,245.20

 

6

 

 

 

2nd

 

1

 

2nd

 

Megan Maccario

 

1,240.90

 

9

 

4.30

 

1st

 

 

 

3rd

 

Anne Stepien

 

1,230.82

 

9

 

14.38

 

4th

 

 

 

4th

 

Gordon Waterstone

 

1,223.50

 

10

 

21.70

 

3rd

 

 

 

5th

 

Dennis O’Hara

 

1,154.85

 

10

 

90.35

 

6th

 

 

 

6th

 

Matt Rose

 

1,148.88

 

10

 

96.32

 

5th

 

 

 

7th

 

Sally Hinckley

 

1,121.98

 

8

 

123.22

 

8th

 

 

 

8th

 

Russ Adams

 

1,099.54

 

8

 

145.66

 

7th

 

 

 

9th

 

Steve Horoky

 

1,066.83

 

4

 

178.37

 

9th

 

 

 

10th

 

Ray Garnett

 

1,025.11

 

6

 

220.09

 

10th

 

 

 

11th

 

Bryan Owen

 

920.90

 

7

 

324.30

 

11th

 

 

 

12th

 

Jay Hochstetler

 

841.50

 

4

 

403.70

 

12th

 

 

 

13th

 

Ray Cotolo

 

762.33

 

4

 

482.87

 

13th

 

 

 

14th

 

Michael Carter

 

750.03

 

3

 

495.17

 

15tg

 

 

 

15th

 

Terry Wilson

 

747.47

 

5

 

497.73

 

14th

 

 

 

16th

 

Rich Mattei

 

569.30

 

2

 

675.90

 

16th

 

 
 

Next Up: Week two at Hoosier Park has a weekend of Breeders Crown eliminations with the distaff tilts being contested on Friday (10/20) and open elms contested Saturday (10/21).

The third and concluding week of the Hoosier Park residency begins with the final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic being raced at Vernon Downs while the weekend features the Breeders Crown finals and Pegasus stakes.

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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