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July 17, 2017 - RUS MidAtlantic, a business advocacy group promoting racing under saddle in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia is proud to announce its schedule for the 2017 edition of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series. This year, there will be a total of five races for horses of varying ability with two of the races being conducted at fairs while the other three taking place at pari-mutuel tracks. The fair series consist of two races, September 2 at the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock, Virginia and September 23 at The Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland with both races going for an estimated purse of $1,000. While the Woodstock race will be charted, the race at Frederick will not be charted. Horses must qualify within 90 days of their first start in the series with qualifying standards for the fair series being a clean charted line in 2:16 (half mile), 2:14 (five-eighths), 2:12 (7/8 mile or larger) with allowances for weather and track conditions given. These races are a great opportunity to 'learn and earn' and allow participants and fans to partake of RUS in a relaxed fair setting. The raceway series (previously conducted under the RUS America banner) is scheduled with preliminary legs contested at Ocean Downs (August 20); Meadowlands (September 9) and the final at Rosecroft Raceway (October 8). Estimated purses for the eliminations will be $5,000 with the final going for $7,500. Preference for the final will be for the highest point earners in the preliminary legs. Horses must have a clean charted line within 90 days of their first start in the series with qualifying standards of 2:10 (half mile), 2:08 (five-eighths), 2:06 (7/8 mile or larger) with allowances for weather and track conditions. For those needing to qualify, qualifying races are tentatively scheduled for Ocean Downs on August 3 and August 10. Of course, qualifiers will be accepted from other tracks which chart their races. Races are open to all horses and riders which meet the conditions and USTA rules will apply. Year-end awards will be given to the top five riders in each series. Entries for all races and qualifiers will be handled by the respective tracks according to the time posted on their condition sheets. In the interim, questions should be directed to allans@rus-midatlantic.org. Conditions for both series are posted on the RUS MidAtlantic website (https://www.rus-midatlantic.org) under the RUS Events tab. Sponsorship opportunities for both series remain available. For further information, you may contact RUS MidAtlantic at sponsor@rus-midatlantic.org. Allan Schott  

(July 16, 2017) - Meadowlands Pace Weekend brought fourteen tilts for consideration by the Hambletonian Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge harness racing handicappers and when the dust settled, Matt Rose took top honors for the week earning 92 points which allowed him to retake the overall lead with a grand total of 543.13 points, 1.18 points ahead of second place Rusty Nash (541.95 pts.). On Friday night's (July 14) Meadowlands card, Rose swept the evening's slate of four races, earning a net profit of $10.10 in the fave fest. Anne Stepien, with only two winners, came in second with a net profit of $7.20 besting a quadruplet of handicappers with three winners each. Meadowlands Pace night (July 15) was another night favoring favorites which brought us Steve Horoky and Rusty Nash who each had a 70% strike rate with seven winners but it was Terry Wilson with five winners who took the leg with a net profit of $40.10 by selecting the lone longshot of the evening Mach It So ($34.60) to win the William Haughton Memorial. Finishing second for the night, also tabbing the longshot was Megan Maccario with $38.20 net. Standings as of Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Leg #30   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Last Week   Streak   1st   Matt Rose   543.13   6   2nd   1   2nd   Rusty Nash   541.95   6   1st       3rd   Megan Maccario   510.48   5   3rd       4th   Russ Adams   470.12   5   4th       5th   Gordon Waterstone   452.75   5   5th       6th   Sally Hinckley   430.98   5   6th       7th   Ray Garnett   419.86   3   7th       8th   Dennis O’Hara   418.68   5   8th       9th   Steve Horoky   335.41   2   10th       10th   Jay Hochstetler   318.75   3   9th       11th   Terry Wilson   297.47   3   15th       12th   Anne Stepien   294.15   3   13th       13th   Michael Carter   294.03   3   11th       14th   Bryan Owen   266.23   2   12th       15th   Adam Friedland   253.80   1   14th       16th   Ray Cotolo   192.33   1   16th         Next Up:  Juveniles of both gaits and sexes take to the Meadowlands for another leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Friday, July 21.  Saturday evening features the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Harness.  The following weekend features the Arden Downs and the inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts at The Meadows and Plainridge Park on Friday while Saturday brings us the Adios Day card at The Meadows as the Meadowlands hosts the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations in addition to the Reynolds for three-year-old trotters. 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

(July 11, 2017) - After three days of competition (July 7-9), Sally Hinckley was the top handicapper earning 129.84 points for the week in the Hambletonian Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge but when the action was completed, it was Rusty Nash who opened a lead of 20 points, the biggest lead in this year's contest. Hinckley managed to be the week's winner, winning the Friday night stanza at the Meadowlands in a squeaker as she was one of five handicappers with two winners tagged but she was the victor by earning $7 more than second place Russ Adams. On Saturday evening, Hinckley finished in third with one winner and $2.60 behind leg victor Gordon Waterstone. Sundays' special leg at Summerside Raceway found Hinckley one of six handicappers who dead-heated for the win, selecting both heavy favorites in the Governor's Plate eliminations. In the overall contest, Rusty Nash earned 71.84 points, giving him the lead with 471.95 points, 20.82 points ahead of Matt Rose whose 451.13 points allowed him to move from third to second. Megan Maccario slips from second to third with 440.48 points. This week's winner Hinckley moved up from eighth to sixth with this week's performance. Standings as of Sunday, July 9, 2017 - Leg #28   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Last Leg   Streak   1st   Rusty Nash   471.95   6   2nd   1   2nd   Matt Rose   451.13   5   1st       3rd   Megan Maccario   440.48   5   3rd       4th   Russ Adams   426.12   5   4th       5th   Gordon Waterstone   413.75   5   5th       6th   Sally Hinckley   391.98   5   7th       7th   Ray Garnett   390.86   3   6th       8th   Dennis O’Hara   379.68   5   8th       9th   Jay Hochstetler   311.75   3   9th       10th   Steve Horoky   265.41   2   10th       11th   Michael Carter   265.03   3   11th       12th   Bryan Owen   237.23   2   12th       13th   Anne Stepien   232.15   3   15th       14th   Adam Friedland   219.80   1   14th       15th   Terry Wilson   215.47   2   13th       16th   Ray Cotolo   170.33   1   16th         Next Up: This week, two year old pacers of both sexes do battle in the Kindergarten series at the Meadowlands Friday evening. Saturday has the Meadowlands Pace highlighting the racing action which will include the Delvin Miller Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial. Mistletoe Shalee, Hambletonian Maturity, and Golden Girls; the Lawrence B Sheppard final at Yonkers Raceway. The following week, Friday night features another leg of the Kindergarten Series for two year old pacers and trotters at the Meadowlands while Saturday night older pacers will compete in the final of the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Harness. 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. by Allan Schott, for HANA  

(July 2, 2017) - On Saturday evening (July 1), Ray Garnett and Megan Maccario both tabbed four winners in the Sun Stakes (Pocono Downs) and Cleveland Trotting Classic (Northfield Park) leg of the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge but when the dust settled, Megan Maccario was declared the night's winner thanks to her taking down Lyons Snyder ($63.40) in the Ben Franklin Consolation at Pocono Downs. As a result, Maccario (424.5 points) moved from 4th to 2nd place, just 1.8 points out of first where Rusty Nash (426.3 pts.) took over as the overall leader. Matt Rose (420.1 pts.) dropped from 1st to 3rd place, a mere 6.2 points out of the lead, far from out of contention. While denied the win, Ray Garnett is now on top in the race for overall net profit handicapper with a total of $56.50 while Maccario lands in 2nd with a net profit of $4.80.  In third place, overall leader Rusty Nash sits with a $0.20 deficit. Standings as of Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Leg #25   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Last Leg   Streak   1st   Rusty Nash   426.3   5   2nd   1   2nd   Megan Maccario   424.5   5   4th       3rd   Matt Rose   420.1   5   1st       4th   Russ Adams   377.1   5   3rd       5th   Ray Garnett   374.9   3   6th       6th   Dennis O’Hara   344.0   4   5th       7th   Gordon Waterstone   325.1   3   7th       8th   Sally Hinckley   288.3   3   8th       9th   Jay Hochstetler   284.8   3   9th       10th   Steve Horoky   243.4   2   10th       11th   Michael Carter   229.4   2   12th       12th   Bryan Owen   226.2   2   11th       13th   Adam Friedland   203.8   1   14th       14th   Terry Wilson   201.5   2   13th       15th   Anne Stepien   168.5   2   15th       16th   Ray Cotolo   159.3   1   16th       Next Up:  Friday night has juvenile trotters on display as the Meadowlands hosts the first legs of the Kindergarten for both sexes while on Saturday, the Meadowlands hosts the Graduate finals for four-year-old pacers and trotters.  Sunday is our third special non-Grand Circuit event to highlight racing off the beaten path in Canada as Summerside Raceway hosts the Governors Plate Invitational. 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

  (June 18, 2017) - While Dennis O'Hara gets to claim a moral victory by selecting four of the six harness racing stake winners on Saturday's (June 17) Pepsi North America Cup card at Mohawk Racetrack, it was only good enough for second place as Ray Garnett managed to take top honors in this leg of the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge by selecting Bettors Up ($24.40) in the Fan Hanover. In the overall contest, Matt Rose (415.1 points) maintains his lead over Rusty Nash (414.3 pts.) by a mere 0.8 points. In addition to Bettors Up, Garnett's performance was aided with his selection of Macs Jackpot who finished second in the North America Cup consolation as it returned a combined $17.90 for place and show. His other winners Saturday were Hannelore Hanover ($2.40) in the Armbro Flight and Lady Shadow ($3,60) in the Roses Are Red. With his win, Garnett moves up from eighth to sixth place. In the overall net profit competition, Rusty Nash leads Ray Garnett by $12.90.  Matt Rose trails in third, back an additional $17.50..  Standings as of Saturday,  June 17, 2017 - Leg #24   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Last Leg   Streak   1st   Matt Rose   415.1   5   1st   3   2nd   Rusty Nash   414.3   5   2nd       3rd   Russ Adams   365.1   5   3rd       4th   Megan Maccario   354.5   4   4th       5th   Dennis O’Hara   332.0   4   5th       6th   Ray Garnett   329.9   3   8th       7th   Gordon Waterstone   313.1   3   6th       8th   Sally Hinckley   281.3   3   7th       9th   Jay Hochstetler   277.8   3   9th       10th   Steve Horoky   230.4   2   10th       11th   Bryan Owen   219.2   2   11th       12th   Michael Carter   209.4   2   12th       13th   Terry Wilson   194.5   2   14th       14th   Adam Friedland   176.8   1   13th       15th   Anne Stepien   161.5   2   16th       16th   Ray Cotolo   157.3   1   16th         Next Up:  A week off for the handicappers before the challenge resumes on July 1 with Sun Stakes Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the Cleveland Trot Classic at Northfield Park. The following weekend features the contest’s first appearance of two year olds in the Kindergarten Series (Friday) plus the Graduate Series (Saturday) at the Meadowlands, and concludes with the non-Grand Circuit Governors Cup at Summerside Raceway. 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

(May 28, 2017) - Rusty Nash has taken the lead in the harness racing Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge this past week with a point total of 376.3, 12.7 points ahead of Matt Rose's 363.6. Russ Adams, who was in the lead as of the last report, has dropped back to 3rd place, not far off the pace with 337.1 points. The big mover this week is Megan Maccario who has moved up three slots from 7th to 4th place. With most of the recent legs consisting of few races won by favorites, it has been hard for any handicapper to put together a string of victories with the winner’s share of 50 points.  Often, lion’s share of points had to be split between multiple handicappers tying for the day which has precluded any big moves.  However, with the passing of Memorial Day weekend, the Grand Circuit kicks into high gear so there will be plenty of multi-race legs ahead for handicappers to take advantage of.  Standings as of Sunday, May 28, 2017 - Leg #20   Pos   Handicapper   Total Points Earned   Legs Won   Overall Net Profit   1st   Rusty Nash   376.3   5   52.80   2nd   Matt Rose   363.6   4   7.00   3rd   Russ Adams   337.1   5   (15.50)   4th   Megan Maccario   260.5   3   (70.90)   5th   Gordon Waterstone   239.8   3   (64.50)   6th   Dennis O’Hara   220.5   3   (66.50)   7th   Sally Hinckley   219.0   3   (86.50)   8th   Ray Garnett   210.9   2   (34.60)   9th   Steve Horoky   202.4   2   (77.60)   10th   Jay Hochstetler   201.8   2   (44.10)   11th   Bryan Owen   201.2   2   (67.20)   12th   Michael Carter   172.4   2   (99.30)   13th   Terry Wilson   165.5   2   (104.10)   14th   Adam Friedland   157.8   1   (44.30)   15th   Ray Cotolo   140.0   1   (43.80)   16th   Anne Stepien   138.5   2   (118.60)     Next Up:  This Saturday (June 3), the Grand Circuit Handicapping challenge visits Northfield Park for the Battle of Lake Erie while Mohawk Racetrack hosts divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere as well as legs of the Graduate Series for 4yo trotters and pacers.  The following week has the Charlie Hill Trot on Saturday evening while Tioga Downs hosts pacers and trotters in the Graduate on Sunday. 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

(May 9, 2017) - With three legs and eight races contested in the harness racing Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge this past week, the possibility of the standings being shuffled existed and it turned out to be the case. Once the dust settled Russ Adams moved up two places to claim the lead with a total of 328.12 points versus Rusty Nash's 315. Last week's leader Matt Rose fell back to third with a total of 267.63 points. The key to this past week was Saturday's (May 6) races at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands. Favorites ruled the day and Adams and Terry Wilson jumped on the bandwagon, both tabbing five out of six winners. While each had five winners, Adams' selections paid $1.50 more than Wilson's which allowed him to claim the lead. With the overwhelming majority of handicappers selecting Hannelore Hanover in the Miami Valley Distaff Trot on Sunday (May 7), none of the handicappers selected the winner Charmed Life. The best the handicappers could do is pick up the crumbs with Hannelore's second-place finish which meant having to settle for a net loss of $1.70 Monday (May 8) afternoon was the opposite of Sunday's outcome as Lady Shadow ($3.40) didn't disappoint in the Chip Noble Memorial Pace. While seven handicappers had the winner it was Rusty Nash, the lone handicapper who selected second place Divas Image whose ($16.40, $7.80) dividends easily topped the favorite's payoffs allowing him to finish in front for the day. Standings as of Monday, May 8, 2017 - Leg #15 Pos Handicapper Total Points Earned Legs Won Overall Net Profit 1st Russ Adams 328.12 4 4.00 2nd Rusty Nash 315.00 4 60.00 3rd Matt Rose 267.63 3 7.80 4th Gordon Waterstone 204.36 2 (54.60) 5th Bryan Owen 181.23 2 (39.90) 6th Ray Garnett 172.36 2 (25.70) 7th Megan Maccario 171.98 2 (68.00) 8th Steve Horoky 167.52 1 (61.90) 9th Michael Carter 166.36 2 (69.90) 10th Dennis O’Hara 156.12 2 (70.20) 11th Jay Hochstetler 145.36 1 (34.80) 12th Terry Wilson 136.36 1 (85.50) 13th Adam Friedland 119.91 0 (35.20) 14th Anne Stepien 108.09 1 (96.90) 15th Sally Hinckley 106.59 1 (96.60) 16th Ray Cotolo 86.00 0 (31.90)   Next Up:  Monday was the lone race for the week so with no contest races this weekend, the focus is on May 20 when the Graduate series kicks off at the Meadowlands.  The following week features the Ms. Versatility (Mohawk, May 22); Molson Pace (Western Fair District, May 26); Lismore and Art Rooney (Yonkers, May 27); Betsy Ross and Maxie Lee Memorial (Harrah’s Philadelphia, May 28). 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

(April 2, 2017) - While in the early stages, the race is tightening in the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge as Rusty Nash and Bryan Owen each won a leg of the harness racing challenge at Yonkers Raceway this week, reducing front runner Matt Rose's lead (165.5 points) to 12.5 points. With his win on Friday (3/31) night, Owen (108 pts) leapfrogged from 12th place to 4th while Nash's (153 pts) Saturday (4/1) night victory allowed him to move up one place to 2nd. Ray Garnett (111 pts) dropped into the show spot, 3 points ahead of Owen. Owen managed to beat three other handicappers Friday evening who had two out of three winners thanks to finishing second in race 6. Owen's wins were Bedroomconfessions ($3.80) in first division of the Matchmaker and Shesjustadelight N ($4.70) in the third tilt. While Steve Horoky had three out of four Levy elimination winners (Soto, 1st division, $10.00; Missile J, 2nd div, $2.70; Keystone Velocity, 3rd div, $3.10) Saturday evening, Nash managed to take top honors by selecting the 1st and 3rd division winners along with the second place finish of Great Vintage in the second split; allowing him to win the night with a net profit of $8.30 versus Horoky's $7.80. In the overall net-profit competition, Nash ($54.50) remains on top, leading Rose ($53.00) by $1.50. Ray Garnett sits in the show spot with a net profit of $29.50 as Ray Cotolo fills out the superfecta with a net profit of $16.70. The standings after the first six legs are:   Pos Handicapper Total Points Earned Legs Won 1st Matt Rose 165.5 2 2nd Rusty Nash 153.0 2 3rd Ray Garnett 111.0 1 4th Bryan Owen 108.0 1 5th Steve Horoky 91.5 0 6th Russ Adams 82.0 0 7th Dennis O’Hara 64.0 0 8th Sally Hinckley 63.5 0 9th Ray Cotolo 61.0 0 10th Gordon Waterstone 59.0 0 11th Megan Maccario 56.0 0 12th Anne Stepien 55.0 0 13th Adam Friedland 51.5 0 14th Jay Hochstetler 42.0 0 15th Terry Wilson 42.0 0 16th Michael Carter 42.0 0   Next Up:  The Challenge continues this week at Yonkers Raceway on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 for the fourth legs of the Matchmaker and Levy Memorial Series.  The Challenge remains at Yonkers Raceway until the conclusion of the two series on April 22. 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  

(March 26, 2017) –  Matt Rose swept Friday night’s (March 26) three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series to take a solid lead early on in the 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge by opening up a 50.5 point lead over Ray Garnett who managed to muscle into second place by 1 point over Rusty Nash by winning Saturday’s leg of the challenge by winning two of the four races.  Rose has now won two of the four legs contested thus far.     Clearly, Rose is taking advantage of the early legs at Yonkers, his home track, by winning all three races on Friday’s slate including Empress Deo ($25), Mackenzie A ($4.60), and Bedroomconfessions ($2.90) which allowed him to net $41.70 for the evening.  However, even a home track can be cruel as Saturday night was a different story, resulting in him having to settle for a couple of show placings. Garnett and Russ Adams both had two winners on Saturday evening, but the difference was Garnett’s tabbing of Keystone Velocity ($13.20) in the first division of the Levy which allowed him to eke out a net profit of $12.60.  Also selecting Keystone Velocity was Anne Stepien. In the overall net-profit competition, Nash ($62.10) remains on top, leading Rose ($58.80) by $3.30. Ray Garnett moves into third this week with a net profit of $36.80 as Ray Cotolo fills out the top quartet with a net profit of $22.60. The standings thus far after four legs are:   Pos Handicapper Total Points Earned Legs Won 1st Matt Rose 143.5 2 2nd Ray Garnett 92.0 1 3rd Rusty Nash 91.0 1 4th Dennis O’Hara 50.0 0 5th Russ Adams 50.0 0 6th Ray Cotolo 46.0 0 7th Gordon Waterstone 45.0 0 8th Sally Hinckley 44.5 0 9th Steve Horoky 44.5 0 10th Anne Stepien 41.0 0 11th Adam Friedland 37.5 0 12th Bryan Owen 33.0 0 13th Jay Hochstetler 28.0 0 14th Michael Carter 23.0 0 15th Megan Maccario 19.0 0 16th Terry Wilson 18.0 0   Next Up:  The Challenge returns to Yonkers Raceway on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 for the third legs of the Matchmaker and Levy Memorial Series.  The Challenge remains at Yonkers Raceway until the conclusion of the two series on April 22. 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  

The opening two legs of the 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge are in the books with Matt Rose and Rusty Nash sprinting to the early lead, each winning a leg. However, with more winners for the weekend, Rose takes a 76.5-67point lead over Nash as the total prize pool reaches a record $8,000 thanks to the added Gold Sponsorship of WEG Entertainment and the Silver Sponsorship of Aquaflow, LLC. While the Levy tends to be the home of favorites, several of handicappers were undeterred in going against the anticipated chalk and they were successful. Hitting 2nd division winner Long Live Rock ($38.60) were Ray Cotolo, Ray Garnett, and Nash. Taking down 4th division winner Soto ($14.00) were Cotolo, Adam Friedland, Jay Hochstetler, Steve Horoky, Nash, Bryan Owen, and Rose. In the near-miss category, Rose just missed a big price in the 3rd division of the Matchmaker on Friday evening when Hidden Land was bested by Regil Elektra in a photo. While denied the winning mutual, Rose picked up the place and show mutuels of $15 and $13 respectively, helping his net profit in the early going. In the net-profit competition, Nash ($58.90) leads Cotolo ($42.40) and Rose ($35.40). Standings as of March 27, 2017 - Leg #4 Pos Handicapper Total Points Earned Legs Won Overall Net Profit 1st Matt Rose 76.5 1 35.40 2nd Rusty Nash 67.0 1 58.90 3rd Ray Cotolo 37.0 0 42.40 4th Steve Horoky 35.5 0 8.70 5th Dennis O’Hara 35.5 0 (1.20) 6th Adam Friedland 28.5 0 12.40 7th Bryan Owen 24.0 0 2.20 8th Ray Garnett 19.0 0 18.20 9th Jay Hochstetler- 19.0 0 9.80 10th Michael Carter 19.0 0 (4.80) 11th Russ Adams 17.0 0 (14.00) 12th Megan Maccario 15.0 0 (6.00) 13th Sally Hinckley 9.0 0 (8.00) 14th Anne Stepien 9.0 0 (19.40) 15th Gordon Waterstone 9.0 0 (29.10) 16th Terry Wilson 9.0 0 (34.40) Next Up: The Challenge returns to Yonkers Raceway on Friday, March 24 for the second leg of the Matchmaker series while Saturday (5/25) is the second leg of the Levy Memorial. 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. by Allan Schott, for HANA  

(March 8, 2017) - With a little over a week to go before the first leg of the 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, this year's harness racing handicappers have made their selections of rescues to represent, attempting to win needed funds for their deserving groups. With former participants 'retiring' from the handicapping challenge, three new handicappers join the fray. Steve Horoky has been a fan for long time, getting actively involved by claiming his first horse at Hiawatha Park in Sarnia before concluding his active career in the sport as an owner/trainer at the old Windsor Raceway. Megan Maccario was born into the industry as her family has been long time owners racing in New York and New Jersey. Megan is currently the lead harness and New York thoroughbred racing correspondent for Pick Insider. Lastly, Terry Wilson, a former owner of standardbreds for 30 years on the Ontario circuit is now pleased to be 'just a fan'. All three are hoping to make a big splash in their debuts. With additional Canadian sponsorship, each handicapper has selected an American Standardbred rescue in addition to a Canadian adoption society to represent as Canadian sponsorship fees will now be distributed in the same manner as American funds; donations going to the rescues of the top three handicappers. The Canadian adoption societies Galahad, Greener Acres, Morningstar Acres, Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, Performance Standardbreds, and Sadies Place span Canada from New Brunswick to British Columbia. A new American rescue, Future for Standardbreds makes its debut this year, joining the returning American rescues. Some rescues handle more than standardbreds; all donations are marked for Standardbred rescue use only. The following is a list of handicappers along with their respective rescues. Fans are encouraged to learn more about these rescues and to consider making a donation to one or more of them. The following is a list of handicappers along with their respective rescues.  Fans are encouraged to learn more about these rescues and to consider making a donation to one or more of them. Handicapper American Rescue Canadian Rescue Russ Adams Changing Fates Equine Rescue Performance Standardbreds Michael Carter New Vocations Morningstar Acres Ray Cotolo Racer Placers Galahad Adam Friedland Future for Standardbreds Sadies Place Ray Garnett Rockin T Equine Rescue Greener Acres Sally Hinckley Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. Morningstar Acres Jay Hochstetler Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Steve Horoky Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals  Greener Acres Megan Maccario Rainhill Sanctuary. Sadies Place Rusty Nash Heart of Phoenix Greener Acres Dennis O'Hara Sunshine Horse Rescue. Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Bryan Owen Standardbred Retirement Foundation Galahad Matt Rose Heading for Home Morningstar Acres Anne Stepien Central Virginia Horse Rescue Performance Standardbreds Gordon Waterstone Horse Lovers United Galahad Terry Wilson TROTR; Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation) Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Last Call for Sponsors:  Time is running out on becoming a sponsor.  Sponsorship opportunities levels are available for as low as $100.  Those still considering to become a sponsor are encouraged to do so quickly. Information about sponsorship may be found at http://tinyurl.com/hskso6k. Next Up:  The 2017 challenge opens up on Friday, March 17 with the opening leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway.  The action continues Saturday evening with the opening leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at the Hilltop oval. 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, and Wellbourne Farms.  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

(March 2, 2017) - HANA Harness is pleased to welcome the latest tracks and horsemen associations which have joined The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by 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, and Wellbourne Farms. The latest sponsors to sign-up at the Gold Sponsor level are the Ontario Harness Horse Association and Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside (returning). Joining as Silver Sponsors are Eldorado Gaming/Scioto Downs (returning), Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and the Raceway at Western Fair District (returning). With the addition of these sponsors, the prize pool for the handicapping contest has swelled to $7,500; 100% of which will be distributed to winning Standardbred rescues in Canada and the United States. With the contest beginning on March 17, time is running out to become a sponsor. HANA Harness and the current sponsors invite other tracks, horsemen associations, and breeders to become a sponsor at the Gold, Silver, or Bronze levels. For further information concerning sponsorship opportunities, contact allan@hanweb.com. Allan Schott  

(February 21, 2017) - HANA Harness is pleased to announce the return of its handicapping challenge to benefit standardbred rescue for its sixth running. The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and Vernon Downs kicks off on Friday, March 17 with the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series at Yonkers Raceway, concluding on November 30 with the Progress Stakes at Dover Downs. Wellbourne Farms joins our roster of gold sponsors with this edition of the contest. New to our handicapping roster are Steve Horoky, Megan Maccario, and Terry Wilson who will join the panel of handicappers in battling for handicapping supremacy and their share of the prize pool which now stands at $5,000. Through the prior five iterations, approximately $25,000 has been awarded to deserving rescues. The rules have been changed this year to emphasize a handicapper's overall performance on a daily basis with points being awarded based on their placing each contest day. In addition to awarding prize funds to the rescues of the top three handicappers, a prize will be awarded to the rescue of the handicapper who has the highest net profit in the contest. Rescue assignments will be drawn prior to the contest kick-off. Sponsorship opportunities remain at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. Racetracks, horsemen associations, and other businesses involved in harness racing are welcome to join the current sponsors in doing their part supporting standardbred rescue. For further information concerning sponsorship opportunities, contact allan@hanweb.com. by Allan Schott, for HANA Harness Racing

(November 29, 2016) - Jay Hochstetler has been crowned the champion of the 2016 harness racing Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs after crossing the wire first in a dominating victory; his total of 3,631.13 points being 635.31 more than runner-up Matt Rose who finished with 2,995.83. Sally Hinckley finished third with a tally of 2,900.88. The second-half champion, Rose by virtue of his second half total of 1,893.78 points over Hochstetler's second half tally of 1,789.10 earned an additional $250 for his winning rescue, Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program. By virtue of his first place finish, Hochstetler's rescue of choice, Central Virginia Horse Rescue earns the bulk of the prize fund with a donation of $2,500. Rose's rescue, Starting Gaits will be a recipient of an additional $1,400 (excluding the $250 second half donation) while Rainhill Sanctuary, Hinckley's rescue picks up the third place prize of $600. $1,000 will be donated to Canadian rescues on behalf of Hochstetler. HANA Harness which has been providing scoring for the contest would like to thank in addition to our Gold Sponsors, our Silver Sponsors, Dr. Adam Friedland and Eldorado Gaming - Scioto Downs for their sponsorship of this year's contest which allowed us to have a record prize fund of $6,000 to benefit Standardbred Horse Rescue Plans are underway for next year’s edition of the Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge.  Any North American handicapper who would like to be considered as a contestant next year are welcome to inquire by contacting allan@hanaweb.org.     HANA Harness is looking for sponsors of next year’s event as well.  Those interested in participating in this worthwhile effort to support American Standardbred Rescues via sponsorship should contact HANA Harness at allan@hanaweb.org.    FINAL - 2nd Half and Overall Standings Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back 1st Matt Rose 10.90  1,893.78  - 2nd 2,995.83 635.31  2nd Jay Hochstetler (FHW) 11.90  1,842.03  51.74 1st 3,631.13 - 3rd Sally Hinckley 19.60  1,731.01  162.77 3rd 2,900.88 730.25  4th Gordon Waterstone 0.00  1,581.41  312.37 5th 2,749.89 881.25  5th Ray Garnett 10.90  1,505.93  387.85 12th 2,294.70 1,336.43  6th Dennis O'Hara  8.30  1,478.08  415.70 7th 2,654.98 976.16  7th Adam Friedland 0.00  1,477.08  416.70 6th 2,723.23 907.91  8th Russ Adams 0.00  1,470.25  423.53 8th 2,651.18 979.96  9th Anne Stepien 29.90  1,466.43  427.35 10th 2,402.93 1,228.21  10th Rusty Nash 5.70  1,463.26  430.52 4th 2,759.41 871.73  11th Mark Deutsch 37.20  1,348.13  545.65 11th 2,326.33 1,304.81  12th Michael Carter  35.50  1,322.73  571.05 9th 2,415.28 1,215.86  13th Bryan Owen 0.00  1,167.60  726.18 13th 2,144.88 1,486.26  14th Ray Cotolo 6.20  1,154.35  739.43 14th 1,949.88 1,681.26  15th Joe Bengston 13.90  818.08  1075.70 15th 1,733.43 1,897.71    Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge      

(November 20, 2016) - After seventy-nine legs, the 2016 harness racing Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs is coming down to the wire. While for the most part payoff positions have been wrapped up, there is still a race on for second half champion as Matt Rose (1,882.88 points) is seeking to hold off first half champion Jay Hochstetler (1,830.13 pts.) with two contest dates remaining and 52.74 points separating the two handicappers. Hochstetler will be the overall champion while Rose leads Sally Hinckley by 103.64 points for the runner-up position which should hold up barring shockers in the final two legs. However, this past weekend was Final Four weekend at Woodbine Racetrack and when the points were tallied, Ray Garnett came out on top, earning 46.2 points for two winners, besting Russ Adams with 45.58 points and Hochstetler with 38.7 points also with two winners, the difference attributable to Garnett's selection of Thats The Ticket ($13.70) in the Three Diamonds Final. This year’s edition of the Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge comes to a conclusion with The Courageous Lady, Saturday (November 26) at Northfield Park and the Progress Stake at Dover Downs on Monday (November 28).    Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information such as the complete standings from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. 2nd Half and Overall Standings Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back 1st Matt Rose 22.20  1,882.88  0.00 2nd 2984.93 634.31  2nd Jay Hochstetler (FHW) 38.70  1,830.13  52.74 1st 3619.23 0.00  3rd Sally Hinckley 11.20  1,711.41  171.47 3rd 2881.28 737.95  4th Gordon Waterstone 12.50  1,581.41  301.47 5th 2749.89 869.35  5th Ray Garnett 46.20  1,495.03  387.85 12th 2283.80 1,335.43  6th Adam Friedland 14.50  1,477.08  405.80 6th 2723.23 896.01  7th Russ Adams 45.58  1,470.25  412.63 7th 2651.18 968.06  8th Dennis O'Hara  18.80  1,469.78  413.10 8th 2646.68 972.56  9th Rusty Nash 12.60  1,457.56  425.32 4th 2753.71 865.53  10th Anne Stepien 18.80  1,436.53  446.35 10th 2373.03 1,246.21  11th Mark Deutsch 21.50  1,310.93  571.95 11th 2289.13 1,330.11  12th Michael Carter  24.50  1,287.23  595.65 9th 2379.78 1,239.46  13th Bryan Owen 0.00  1,167.60  715.28 13th 2144.88 1,474.36  14th Ray Cotolo 14.60  1,148.15  734.73 14th 1943.68 1,675.56  15th Joe Bengston 0.00  804.18  1078.70 15th 1719.53 1,899.71  Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(Fort Washington, MD) - What a difference two days makes. When the entry box opened for the planned November 15 race, only two horses were in the box so the race was postponed, to be contested in the Spring. However, the harness racing riders were not to be denied so the race was carried over to November 17 and lo and behold, the number of entries doubled to four. Not a full field, but a quartet of horses, of which three look able to challenge for the winner's share of the $5,000 purse in this non-wagering event. The field for the RUS America Trot sponsored by the CSOA, MSBA, and MJC at Rosecroft are (in post position order): P L Incoming - The outsider in this race, has a lone third at Afton, NY to show in his abbreviated career of four starts. Prior to his last start at Tioga Downs, where he was race timed in 2:03.3, he was plagued with breaking issues. Sasha Moczulski, his regular rider, returns to race this four year old altered son of Kadabra. Hyway Marcus - One half of the Patti Harmon entry, Hyway Marcus, who made a break in his last start but managed to finish third before being disqualified at the Meadowlands, was full of himself in his last race. Prior to that race, he was a 1:59.1 winner at Tioga Downs and was second in the RUS America Trot at Ocean Downs in July. His lifetime record is 4-2-1-0. Maria Buchanan once again gets the riding assignment. In Nomine Patri - A newcomer to the RUS America series, this eight year old altered son of Credit Winner enters this race with an impressive resume of 3-2-0-0. Prior to this year, he was a victor during the Grand Circuit meet in Lexington with a 2:00.3 mile under saddle. This year, he has a win at Saratoga in 2:02 out of two starts. Emma Wahlberg picks up the mount from Ashley Eldred. Funny Photo - The other half of the Harmon entry, this son of Classic Photo sports a record of 10-4-2-2 this year. Funny Photo has done most of his racing on the RUS New York fair circuit though he does have a 1:59.1 victory at Vernon Downs. He has a pair of seconds since entering the Harmon Stable, including finishing a far back second at the Meadowlands to Modest Prince who set the North American RUS Race record. Sophie Engerran, a veteran of French monté racing prior to moving to the United States, is the rider-owner. The RUS America Trot will be contested after the first wagering event on the evening program. First race post time is 6:40 PM. Allan Schott by RUS America

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