Scott leads into HANA Handicapping Challenge Finale

12:10 AM 09 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Richard Scott has the lead heading into final week of HANA Challenge

December 8, 2013 – With one race remaining in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, handicapper Richard Scott, who has led a majority of the way in the contest, remains in front with a seemingly comfortable lead of $736.45 with a net loss of $134.40.  With only the Cleveland Classic remaining on the docket, it will take some Hail Mary handicapping for anyone to wrest the top spot from Scott.

With donations being made to the designated horse rescue charities of the top three, the real race is for the place and show spots which are currently held by Earl Paulson and Rusty Nash.  Hoping to crack into the top three are handicappers Anne Stepien and Dennis O’Hara with Garnet Barnsdale having a slight chance  to make the top three.

In this week’s action, with the Reynolds 3yo filly pace being cancelled, the Reynolds 3yo colt pace was the sole contest.  Rusty Nash was top dog for the week with a profit of $6.80.

Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on December 8, 2013 with one week to go.

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

Last Pos

Days Missed

1st

Richard Scott

($7.00)

($134.40)

 

1st

6

2nd

Earl Paulson

($30.00)

($870.85)

($736.45)

2nd

7

3rd

Rusty Nash

$6.80

($929.07)

($794.67)

3rd

4

4th

Ann Stepien

($25.40)

($1,062.35)

($927.95)

4th

1

5th

Dennis O'Hara

$2.10

($1,226.35)

($1,091.95)

5th

2

6th

Garnet Barnsdale

($30.00)

($1,457.74)

($1,323.34)

6th

10

7th

Gordon Waterstone

($30.00)

($2,070.60)

($1,936.20)

7th

4

8th

Mark McKelvie

($30.00)

($2,379.79)

($2,245.39)

8th

9

9th

Sally Hinckley

($30.00)

($2,700.50)

($2,566.10)

9th

0

10th

Ray Garnett

($30.00)

($3,210.43)

($3,076.03)

10th

3

Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.

This Week’s  Contest Schedule

Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Northfield Park; $130,000(Est.) Cleveland Classic - Open

by Allan Schott for HANA

 

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