Scott opens breathing room in Handicapping Challenge

04:00 AM 01 Oct 2013 NZDT
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September 30, 2013 – After a week where Richard Scott found his lead in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs being seriously threatened, Scott opened some daylight on second place handicapper Garnet Barnsdale in the first week of racing at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky.  While Scott’s $116.10 profit for the week is relatively modest, he was helped by Barnsdale showing a loss of almost $400 for the week after having a spectacular week the week before.  However, credit must be given to Scott.  While his profit was modest, he was the only handicapper to break into the black this week.

As the handicappers head into week two of the famed Grand Circuit Meet at The Red Mile, time is beginning to favor Scott as there are only sixteen contest dates remaining in the contest so handicappers may find themselves in a position of being pressed to change their ‘A’ game in an effort to find themselves on December 15 in the top three positions, earning their designated horse rescues prize funds.  Therefore, look for some bold wagers, which if successful, will result in some big payoffs.

 Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on September 29, 2013.

 

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

Last Pos

Days Missed

1st

Richard Scott

$116.10

$415.14

 

1st

4

2nd

Garnet Barnsdale

($391.80)

($197.74)

($612.88)

2nd

8

3rd

Ann Stepien

($128.00)

($639.35)

($1,054.49)

3rd

1

4th

Rusty Nash

($108.20)

($650.70)

($1,065.84)

4th

3

5th

Dennis O'Hara

($414.90)

($1,011.00)

($1,426.14)

5th

2

6th

Earl Paulson

($310.50)

($1,462.10)

($1,877.24)

6th

7

7th

Mark McKelvie

($182.00)

($1,893.49)

($2,308.63)

7th

6

8th

Gordon Waterstone

($224.40)

($2,010.30)

($2,425.44)

8th

4

9th

Ray Garnett

($153.30)

($2,048.80)

($2,463.94)

10th

3

10th

Sally Hinckley

($271.20)

($2,158.65)

($2,573.79)

9th

0

 

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

 

Key Hits

Ray Garnett - $2 Exacta Box ($12) on the 3rd division of the Bluegrass Series for 2yo filly pacers paid $58.60, $5 Exacta Box ($30) in the 4th division of the Bluegrass for 2yo colts and geldings paid $233.50; Sally Hinckley - $1 Trifecta wheel ($30) on the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 2yo colt and gelding trotters paid $97.80; Mark McKelvie - $2 Trifecta Partial Wheel ($30) on the Bluegrass for 3yo filly pace paid $331.20; Rusty Nash - $5 Exacta Box ($30) on the 2nd division of the Bluegrass for 2yo colt and gelding pace paid $145.00; Richard Scott - $10 WPS (total $30) wager on the 2nd division of the Bluegrass for 2yo filly trotters paid $104.00, $11 Exacta Box ($22) on the 2nd division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt and gelding trotters paid $122.10; Gordon Waterstone - $5 Exacta box ($30) on the second division of the Bluegrass for 2yo filly trotters paid $133.00;

Contest Schedule This Week (All purses estimated) – All Races at The Red Mile

Thursday, October 3, 2013 – $300,000(Div.) International Stallion Stake 2yo filly trot

Friday, October 4, 2013 - $300,000(Div.) International Stallion Stake 2yo colt and gelding trot, $300,000(Div.) International Stallion Stake 2yo filly pace

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - $350,000(Div.) Glen Garnsey Memorial 3yo filly pace, $400,000(Div.) International Stallion Stake 2yo colt and gelding pace, $600,000(Div.) Tattersalls 3yo colt and gelding pace

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - $75,000(Est.) Allerage Farm Pace (Fillly and Mare Open Pace), $75,000(Est.) Allerage Farm Trot (Filly and Mare Open Trot), $180,000(Est.) Allerage Pace (Open Pace), $180,000(Est.) Allerage Trot (Open Trot), $350,000(Est.) Kentucky Filly Futurity (3yo filly trot), $600,000(Est.) Kentucky Futurity (3yo Open trot)

by Allan Schott for HANA



 

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