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April 6, 2014 - HANA Harness is pleased to announce additional sponsors (one new and one returning) to the 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. New as a Silver Sponsor this year is the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) which presently represents horsemen at WEG tracks. Returning for a third year of sponsorship at the Silver level is Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. As Canadian sponsors, their donations will be used to benefit Canadian Standardbred rescues. We encourage all followers of the handicapping challenge to visit our sponsors' websites by visiting the contest website and clicking on their logos. Sponsorship opportunities remain available. Tracks, horsemen associations, racing stables, and those vendors who market to the harness racing industry and/or fans are welcome to become sponsors. For additional information regarding sponsorship, click here. HANA is also pleased to announce the roster of handicappers has been finalized with the addition of Brian McEvoy. McEvoy, works for Harnesslink in various capacities. This will be his first appearance in a HANA handicapping contest and he will be playing for Horse Rescue United. The first leg of the 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' is scheduled for April 26, 2014 when the finals of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pace and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series will be contested at Yonkers Raceway. A complete list of contest days may be found here. by Al Schott, for HANA

March 23, 2014 - HANA Harness is pleased to announce the initial Gold Sponsors of this year's handicapping contest along with the handicappers and rescues they are representing in this year's event. This year's Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest is being sponsored by prior year sponsors, The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. New this year to the Gold Level Sponsorship level is DRF Harness and Northfield Park. Thanks to the sponsors which have already committed, at least $3,000 will be distributed to Standardbred rescues as a result of this year's contest. Additional sponsorships, primarily at the Silver and Bronze levels. are still available. Whether a racetrack, horsemen's group, or a provider of services related to harness racing, HANA Harness welcomes your sponsorship of this contest. 100% of all funds are directed to approved standardbred rescues. For further information regarding sponsorship opportunities, you may send an email to allan@hanaweb.org. In addition to the initial gold level sponsors, the contestants for the 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs have been named. This year we have a mix of handicappers of all age groups, from teens and up; some returning and first time contestants. Along with the names of the handicappers is their primary relationship to racing, how they finished in their last HANA Harness Contest (if competed before), and the standardbred equine rescue they are playing for in this year's contest. For complete biographies of the handicappers, you may visit the contest website for additional information. Garnet Barnsdale - Harness Racing Writer; Finished 6th in 2013, Rescue: TROTR; Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation) Ray Cotolo - Internet Harness Racing Analyst and Writer; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Ray Garnett -Handicapper; Finished 10th in 2013, Rescue: Rockin T Equine Rescue Derick Giwner - Editor, DRF Harness; Did Not Compete, Rescue: New Vocations Sally Hinckley - On-air Handicapping Personality; Finished 9th in 2013, Rescue: Sunshine Horse Rescue. Mark McKelvie - Handicapper; Finished 8th in 2013, Rescue: Rainhill Sanctuary. Rusty Nash - Trackmaster Handicapper; Finished 2nd in 2013, Rescue: Central Virginia Horse Rescue Dennis O'Hara - Handicapper, Former Asst Race Secretary; Finished 5th in 2013, Rescue: Standardbred Retirement Foundation Earl Paulson - Handicapper, Yahoo Harness Racing Forum Director; Finished 3rd in 2013, Rescue: Heading for Home Anne Stepien - Handicapper, Former Trainer; Finished 4th in 2013, Rescue: Heart of Phoenix Gordon Waterstone - Associate Editor, Horseman and Fair World; Finished 7th in 2013, Rescue: Racer Placers Brandon Valvo - Handicapper, Writer; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Changing Fates Equine Rescue Josi Verlingieri - Handicapper; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. Bob Zanakis - Ocean Downs Handicapper; Finished 3rd in 2012, Rescue: Horse Lovers United. The first leg of the 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' is scheduled for April 26, 2014 when the finals of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pace and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series will be contested at Yonkers Raceway. A complete list of bcontest days may be found here. by Allan Schott, for HANA

March 1, 2014 - HANA Harness is pleased to announce its plans to hold the 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit 'Shoot Out' Handicapping Challenge. The contest will once again use Grand Circuit races although some stakes have been eliminated from the contest schedule to make it more manageable. A proposed list of races included in the contest may be found here. The contest tentatively begins with the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Finals on April 26 at Yonkers Raceway and concludes with the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park on December 12. The contest rules have been modified from last year's contest. In the 'shoot out' format of the contest, each contestant will be given $250 to wager on the day's stakes races. While the handicapper must wager on at least one of the stakes races that day, they may spread the $250 over more than one contest race if they wish. The fact the handicapper is not required to wager on each race is what gives the contest the 'shoot out' format; handicappers will be seeking to wager on the race(s) they feel they will be able to get value in. Wagers will be restricted to Win, Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta wagers. Once again, sponsorships are being offered to those involved in racing, whether they be racetracks, horsemen groups, or vendors. Funds raised from these sponsorships will once again be donated to standardbred rescue group(s) in the sponsor's respective country (In the first two years of this contest, over $7,000 has been donated to such groups). Sponsorships are offered in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. For further information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact HANA Harness at allan@hanaweb.org. by Allan Schott, HANA Harness Coordinator  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When the world's top horseplayers convene at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, NJ on April 19 to compete in the World Harness Handicapping Championship, an estimated prize pool of more than $50,000 will be up for grabs. But one prominent player won't be playing for himself; he'll be playing for the health and care of retired racehorses. Rusty Nash, recently the runner-up in the Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) harness handicapping tournament, was given a seat in the WHHC by the Meadowlands ($800 value) in exchange for agreeing to donate any winnings in the event to a standardbred rescue organization. The first place prize in the WHHC is $20,000. "Rusty Nash has been a valued player in previous Meadowlands contests and we are happy that he received the $800 charity buy-in to the WHHC Final, said Rachel Ryan, WHHC Contest Director. "The Meadowlands and HANA have enjoyed a strong partnership and have worked together to promote racing and wagering at the Meadowlands as well as supporting horse retirement and rescue charities. This event is the premier betting contest for Harness players in North America and we hope this sparks further interest in the World Harness Handicapping Championship." "The HANA Harness Handicapping Contest has raised - through its sponsors - over $7,000 for retired racehorses the past two years. The Meadowlands' stepping up to the plate to give one of its top handicappers the chance to earn even more for the horses is truly appreciated. We wish Rusty, as well as all the participants in the World Harness Handicapping Championship, good luck" said HANA Harness Director Allan Schott. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players may earn a seat in the WHHC through a qualifying event at a partner wagering outlet or through direct $800 buy-in. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races from partner tracks. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an estimated prize pool of $50,000. Registration deadline is 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. For the contest entry form and complete rules visit www.PlayMeadowlands.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

December 17, 2013 - In addition to providing handicappers an opportunity to show off their handicapping skills and provide race fans with some wagering ideas during the year, one of the major goals of HANA Harness has been to raise awareness and funds for standardbred rescues. Thanks to our handicappers, who have been willing to handicap lengthy contests for nothing more than satisfaction in knowing they are helping unwanted horses and our sponsors who have allowed HANA Harness to donate $in excess of $7,000 over the past two years. While HANA Harness is thankful for last year's sponsors, we would like to specifically thank this year's sponsors for their donations, for without their assistance, we would not be able to donate funds to this year's worthwhile rescues. Thanks to our Gold Sponsors, the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness (Balmoral and Maywood Parks), Illinois Harness Horseman Association, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. In addition to these sponsors, recognition also goes to our Silver Sponsor, Red Shores Charlottetown for their donation to Canadian Standardbred Rescue. HANA Harness looks forward to hosting another handicapping contest in 2014. We welcome sponsorships from racing organizations, tracks operators, horsemen associations, suppliers, and owners. If you wish to be considered for possible sponsorship opportunities in 2014, you may contact HANA Harness at allan@hanaweb.org to be contacted when the time is appropriate. by Alan Schott for HANA  

December 15, 2013 – Despite attempts by other contestants to execute  ‘Hail Mary’ wagers in an effort to seek the payoff positions, Richard Scott is the winner of HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA,  Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  Scott’s victory seemed assured as far back as July 21 when he exploded for a profit of $1,023.40 at Tioga Downs that weekend which created a lead which would never be challenged as no other handicapper was able to get that ‘big hit’ to put them back in the running.  Scott’s final winning margin was $743.67. However, in the last event of the season, Rusty Nash was able to use the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park to earn a weekly profit of $51.60, allowing him to sneak into second place, pushing Earl Paulson into third.  The only other handicapper which showed a profit for the week was Scott with a profit of $0.60. The prize fund for the contest reached $3,250.  As a result of the final results, Scott’s horse rescue, Changing Fates Equine Rescue will be a recipient of $1,250.  Nash’s rescue, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is slated to receive $875, while Paulson’s third place finish results in a $375 donation to Heading for Home.  In addition to these donations, additional donations will be made in honor of Scott’s victory by the Illinois Harness Horseman Association and Red Shores Charlottetown to local standardbred rescues.  Those organizations which handle more than standardbreds have committed to using these proceeds solely for the benefit of standardbred rescues. Here are the final standings for the contest. Final Standings Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $0.60 ($133.80)   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash $51.60 ($877.47) ($743.67) 3rd 4 3rd Earl Paulson ($30.00) ($900.85) ($767.05) 2nd 7 4th Ann Stepien ($30.00) ($1,092.35) ($958.55) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($30.00) ($1,267.85) ($1,134.05) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($30.00) ($1,487.74) ($1,353.94) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone ($30.00) ($2,100.60) ($1,966.80) 7th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($30.00) ($2,409.79) ($2,275.99) 8th 9 9th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($2,730.50) ($2,596.70) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($30.00) ($3,240.43) ($3,106.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   HANA Harness would like to thank all our sponsors, the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and Red Shores Charlottetown for not only being sponsors of this year’s contest but their commitment to help standardbreds seeking a second chance.   Final Standings Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $0.60 ($133.80)   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash $51.60 ($877.47) ($743.67) 3rd 4 3rd Earl Paulson ($30.00) ($900.85) ($767.05) 2nd 7 4th Ann Stepien ($30.00) ($1,092.35) ($958.55) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($30.00) ($1,267.85) ($1,134.05) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($30.00) ($1,487.74) ($1,353.94) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone ($30.00) ($2,100.60) ($1,966.80) 7th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($30.00) ($2,409.79) ($2,275.99) 8th 9 9th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($2,730.50) ($2,596.70) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($30.00) ($3,240.43) ($3,106.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. HANA Harness would like to thank all our sponsors, the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and Red Shores Charlottetown for not only being sponsors of this year’s contest but their commitment to help standardbreds seeking a second chance. by Allan Schott for HANA  

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  

December 2, 2013 – Ray Garnett took top honors for the week in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs with a weekly net profit of $248.60, leading a trio of handicappers with triple digit profits.  Finishing second for the week was Gordon Waterstone with a net profit of $193.00 for the week with Sally Hinckley grabbing the show spot with a weekly profit of $115.00. Garnett’s biggest hit came in the Three Diamonds as he made a $30 win wager on the winner Delightful Dragon, earning him $315.00.    Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top with a net loss of $127.40, $713.45 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.  With three races remaining, it appears the trailing handicappers will need to make some bold handicapping selections if they have any hope of catching Scott or to get into the top three in order to earn some money for their charities. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on December 1, 2013. Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($161.00) ($127.40)   1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($204.00) ($840.85) ($713.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($159.00) ($935.87) ($808.47) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($112.05) ($1,036.95) ($909.55) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($168.00) ($1,228.45) ($1,101.05) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($240.00) ($1,427.74) ($1,300.34) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone $193.00 ($2,040.60) ($1,913.20) 8th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($210.00) ($2,349.79) ($2,222.39) 7th 9 9th Sally Hinckley $115.00 ($2,670.50) ($2,543.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett $248.60 ($3,180.43) ($3,053.03) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. Key Hits Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta Box ($30) in The Valley Victory paid $105.50, $30 Win in The Three Diamonds paid $315.00; Sally Hinckley - $20 Trifecta plus a $5 Trifecta Key ($10) in The Moni Maker paid $325.00; Dennis O’Hara - $10 Trifecta ($30) in The Moni Maker paid $130.00; Gordon Waterstone -  $10 Exacta ($30) in The Nadia Lobell paid $333.00, $10 Trifecta ($30) in The Moni Maker paid $130.00. Remaining Contest Schedule Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment; $58,000(Est.) Reynolds - 3yo Colt Pace, $50,000(Est.) Reynolds – 3yo Filly Pace Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Northfield Park; $130,000(Est.) Cleveland Classic - Open by Allan Schott for HANA

As is my annual tradition, it's time for my annual 'Things to be Thankful For' list. I am sure I am missing some people so forgive me ahead of time. Here is this year's list with the entries in no particular order.  Captaintreacherous and Bee A Magician - Who would think we would be at the conclusion of the 2013 racing campaign and still have a debate about who may be  the recipient of Horse of the Year Honors?  Sure, Bee A Magician right now is in front, but a victory by Captaintreacherous in the TVG FFA Series Final against older horses would result in the Captain taking the honors away from this fantastic filly at the last possible moment TVG and the Meadowlands for the TVG FFA Series - With all due respect to the Cleveland Classic, without this partnership of TVG and the Meadowlands, most of the top FFA horses would have called it a season after the Breeders Crown.  This partnership is giving us two great races and shows what can happen when ADWs and tracks work together.  I could mention the Gural team at the Meadowlands for their efforts in bringing Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment to fruition but it is time we mention someone within Team Gural for praise.  For that reason, we are thankful for Nick Salvi, a man without a title but is everywhere.  In addition to his duties at the three Gural-operated tracks, he write press releases for the Breeders Crown, The Red Mile, and is seen at the sales and of course Lexington.  Did I mention that Nick is also Vice-President of the Grand Circuit?  Nick may not have made his mark as a driver/trainer, but the sport is richer having Nick on the business-side of the industry. Once again, we are thankful for John Manzi - Not only does he attempt to keep racing in the forefront as much as possible at Monticello Raceway, Manzi is another Press Release King.  Let's see from memory, in addition to writing press releases for Monticello Raceway, he writes press releases for the CKG Billings Series, NAADA, USHWA Monticello-Goshen  Chapter, Historic Track and others.  If there is a press release to be written, they know who to call, John Manzi. Brett Boyd, President of the MHHA - The situation in Michigan is becoming worse every year and most people wouldn't want to be stuck in a position of leadership, yet Boyd keeps fighting the battle on behalf of Michigan Harness Horsemen no matter how poor the odds are.  The horsemen in Michigan should be thankful they have someone like Boyd fighting for them and maybe he will be able to pull victory out of the lions mouth.  We should be thankful as well. Dave McCaffrey - The leader of the Illinois Harness Horsemen Association has been put through the screws this past year with the fight over ADW wagering in the Prairie State.  Would you like to be the leader of a group facing the possibility of only 13 days of racing in 2014 if the politicians can't be won over?  Neither would I but we are thankful McCaffery still is working on leading the harness industry in his state to a renaissance. . Bob Marks - Now a man without a portfolio since Peretti Farms has had its dispersal sale, we can say how much racing has been blessed to have Marks on our side.  From Top Trotter, to writing articles for Hoof Beats, to marketing Peretti stallions and yearlings, he has done it all.  Marks may be talking about life outside of racing but I don't think having Marks outside of racing is in our best interests.  While we are thankful for what Marks has done, hopefully someone ropes him in, at least on a part time basis, so he remains in racing. Heather Vitale - Ms. Sunshine is a wonderful spokesman for the sport with her hosting and producing Post Time and co-hosting PA Harnessweek with her partner in crime Steve Ross.  Despite being run down in the effort of putting together her Post Time show, she maintained her good nature.  When she is not producing these shows, she takes care of her two children and volunteers with non-profit organization.  Heather gives it all for the sport and the time has come for this regional treasure to be given national exposure, perhaps working the Hambletonian and Breeders Crown.  Jodie Doherty - In addition to raising children and being the backbone behind a small family stable, this young lady spends her time educating people on the plight of unwanted race horses and about those looking to take advantage of those good-natured people trying to help them.  She doesn't just talk the talk, she also walks the talk as she has her own barn of pensioners, including a thoroughbred horse. There are others who do similar work be it running rescues or have a higher profile to speak from but Doherty's pretty effective just the same. Horse Rescues (legitimate) - Harness racing and for that fact all of racing should be thankful for their respective rescues.  Yes, there is a flood of unwanted race horses but these rescues do their part by saving as many horses they can while constantly fundraising and struggling to pay the bills.  It's a thankless job but they are doing it.  We thank these rescues and those who volunteer their time helping them.  A thank you to their donors needs to be said as well. Monica Thors - She had put her racing stable on hiatus for the past three years working on a labor of love, the documentary I Am a Harness Racing Horse.  She battles to get this film telling the story of harness racing and its equine stars despite running into roadblocks when she shouldn't have to.  As the film is now in post production, she is slowly ramping up her racing stable for its return to the racing wars.  We are thankful for her spirit to never say no. Those tracks and horsemen groups which go the extra mile and support efforts to promote those groups who support horse rescue.  Yes, things are tight these days but there are ways to help bring attention and funds to these groups and even get some publicity out of it.  Yet it is surprising how many groups when asked to make a relatively small donation to help promote these groups say no.  I just hope those who say 'No' when asked are doing their part in other ways.  Otherwise, shame on them. Finally, we are thankful to all those who are doing what they can for Anthony Coletta who is battling to recover from a nasty accident at Harrah's Philadelphia.  From those who have the resources to do a lot to those who don't have the resources to do much, we are thankful that you are doing what you can. Allow me to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. by Allan Schott from View From the Racetrack Grandstand bajno1@optimum.net

November 25, 2013 – While Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment had a stellar opening, the same cannot be said of the handicappers in this past week’s racing action in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  The ‘top’ handicapper was overall leader Richard Scott who had a net loss of only $14.50 for the two races on this past week’s slate.  Rusty Nash and Anne Stepien are the only other two handicappers who cashed any tickets.  Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top with a net profit of $33.60, $670.45 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.   After this week, there are only three races remaining in the contest which concludes December 15, 2013. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 23, 2013. As of November 23, 2013 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($14.50) $33.60 $0.00 1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($60.00) ($636.85) ($670.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($36.60) ($776.87) ($810.47) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($57.90) ($924.90) ($958.50) 5th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($60.00) ($1,060.45) ($1,094.05) 4th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($60.00) ($1,187.74) ($1,221.34) 6th 9 7th Mark McKelvie ($60.00) ($2,139.79) ($2,173.39) 7th 8 8th Gordon Waterstone ($60.00) ($2,233.60) ($2,267.20) 8th 4 9th Sally Hinckley ($60.00) ($2,785.50) ($2,819.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($60.00) ($3,429.03) ($3,462.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment - $500,000 TVG FFA Series Trot Final; $500,000 TVG FFA Series Pace Final, $534,500 Governors Cup (2yo Open Pace), $394,950 Three Diamonds (2yo Filly Pace), $494,750 Valley Victory (2yo Open Trot), $456,150 Goldsmith Maid (2yo Filly Trot), $172,500(Est.) Nadia Lobell (3yo Filly Pace), $253,000(Est.) Moni Maker (3yo Filly Trot) Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Dover Downs - $330,000(Est.) Progress Pace (3yo Open Pace) by Allan Schott for HANA  

November 18, 2013 – Handicapper Anne Stepien took top honors this past week in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by scoring a net profit of $151.10 for the week which included races from Maywood Park on Friday and the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs on Sunday.  Stepien is the only handicapper to score a net gain for the week as she moves closer to one of the payoff positions in the standings. Despite losing ground this week, overall leader Richard Scott remains in front with a net profit of $48.10; $624.95 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.  With a month remaining in the contest, it seemingly will take a huge effort to unseat Scott from the top of the standings. Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top despite his losing performance this week, showing an overall net profit of $106.75, leading the pack by $574.10.  As we see from McKelvie’s performance this week, no position is solidified with seven contest dates remaining. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 17, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed     1st Richard Scott ($58.65) $48.10   1st 6   2nd Earl Paulson ($109.50) ($576.85) ($624.95) 2nd 7   3rd Rusty Nash ($123.50) ($740.27) ($788.37) 3rd 4   4th Ann Stepien $151.10 ($867.00) ($915.10) 5th 1   5th Dennis O'Hara ($27.50) ($1,000.45) ($1,048.55) 4th 2   6th Garnet Barnsdale ($91.50) ($1,127.74) ($1,175.84) 6th 9   7th Mark McKelvie ($360.00) ($2,079.79) ($2,127.89) 7th 8   8th Gordon Waterstone ($109.80) ($2,173.60) ($2,221.70) 8th 4   9th Sally Hinckley ($207.90) ($2,725.50) ($2,773.60) 9th 0   10th Ray Garnett ($270.10) ($3,369.03) ($3,417.13) 10th 3                                 Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale – $15 Trifecta Key ($30 Total) paid $223.50; Dennis O’Hara - $4 Exacta Box ($24) on the Galt Trot paid $118.40, $5 Trifecta Key ($30) on the Matron 2yo Filly Trot paid $55.00, $5 Trifecta Key ($30) on the Matron 3yo Colt Trot paid $99.50; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) on the Matron 2yo Colt Pace paid $147.00; Richard Scott - $.50 Trifecta Key ($24) on the Galt Trot paid $67.25; Anne Stepien - $1 Trifecta Box ($24) on the Cinderella Pace paid $91.80, $2 Trifecta Key ($20) on the Windy City Pace paid $130.80, $5 Exacta Box ($10) on the Windy City Pace paid $99.50; Gordon Waterstone - $3 Exacta Part Wheel ($9) on the Abe Lincoln Pace paid $55.20 Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 23, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment - $50,000 TVG FFA Series Trot; $50,000 TVG FFA Series Pace by Allan Schott for HANA .    

November 10, 2013 – Mark McKelvie, winner of the 2012 handicapping contest has been quiet for a while in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs showed triple digit profits at Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs on Friday evening, but when he wakes up, he wakes up as McKelvie scored an eye opening net profit of $1,000.40 on the American National card at Balmoral Park Saturday evening (November 9).  (Editor’s Note: The contest uses USTA-posted prices.  If using out of state prices, McKelvie would have had a net profit of $1,011.30).  As a result of his performance, McKelvie moves into 7th place.  Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top despite his losing performance this week, showing an overall net profit of $106.75, leading the pack by $574.10.  As we see from McKelvie’s performance this week, no position is solidified with seven contest dates remaining. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 9, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($186.00) $106.75   1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson $28.50 ($467.35) ($574.10) 3rd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($166.40) ($616.77) ($723.52) 2nd 4 4th Dennis O'Hara $52.50 ($972.95) ($1,079.70) 6th 2 5th Ann Stepien ($23.50) ($1,018.10) ($1,124.85) 5th 1 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($240.00) ($1,036.24) ($1,142.99) 4th 9 7th Mark McKelvie $1,000.40 ($1,719.79) ($1,826.54) 9th 8 8th Gordon Waterstone ($92.00) ($2,063.80) ($2,170.55) 7th 4 9th Sally Hinckley ($151.90) ($2,517.60) ($2,624.35) 8th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($240.00) ($3,098.93) ($3,205.68) 10th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Mark McKelvie - $30 Win wager in the American-National for 2yo pacing colts paid $237.00, $15 Exacta Partial Wheel ($30 total) in the American-Nation for 3yo trotting colts paid $843.00, $30 Win ticket in the American-National for 3yo pacing fillies paid $117.00; Dennis O’Hara - $15 Trifecta Partial Wheel ($30) in the American-National for 3yo pacing colts paid $250.50; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the American-National for 3yo pacing fillies paid $142.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the American National pace for 4yos & up paid $126.00; Anne Stepien - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the American-National pace for 4yos & up paid $126.00.    Contest Schedule This Week Friday, November 15, 2013 – Maywood Park - $180,000(Est.) Windy City Pace - 3yo Open; $73,000(Est.) The Cinderella – 3yo fillies pacers; $110,000(Est.) The Galt – 3yo Open Trot; $89,000(Est.) The Abe Lincoln – 2yo Open Trot Sunday, November 17, 2013 – Dover Downs - $165,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo colt and gelding pace; $149,000(Est.) The Matron – 3yo filly trot; $140,000(Est.) The Matron - 3yo colt and gelding trot; $173,000(Est.) The Matron – 3yo colt and gelding pace; $124,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo filly trot; $160,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo filly pace;   $159,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo colt and gelding trot; $123,000(Est.) The Matron – 3yo filly pace by Allan Schott for HANA  

Paulson Goes Wild at Hoosier Park in 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge November 11, 2013 – While four of the handicappers in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs showed triple digit profits at Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs on Friday evening, Earl Paulson went wild showing a profit of $585 to move from fifth to third, less than $20 away from second place by grossing over $1,000 for Friday evening.   With his performance this weekend, Paulson is the top handicapper for the past two weeks straight.  However, with Richard Scott showing a profit of $247.15 this week, he has opened up a lead of $768.87 on the rest of the handicappers putting him in a good position to be the overall contest winner as the opportunities to overtake Scott are starting to dwindle. Other handicappers besides Paulson and Scott who had a week in the black were Dennis O’Hara ($143.60), Mark McKelvie ($132.30) and Garnet Barnsdale ($64.70).  This week’s contest also included the Lady Maud and the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway but the handicappers were less than successful with Gordon Waterstone doing the best, showing a net loss of $8.50 for the two races. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 2, 2013. Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $247.15 $292.75   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash ($178.45) ($450.37) ($743.12) 2nd 4 3rd Earl Paulson $585.00 ($495.85) ($788.60) 5th 7 4th Garnet Barnsdale $64.70 ($796.24) ($1,088.99) 4th 9 5th Ann Stepien ($224.25) ($994.60) ($1,287.35) 3rd 1 6th Dennis O'Hara $143.60 ($1,025.45) ($1,318.20) 6th 2 7th Gordon Waterstone ($58.00) ($1,971.80) ($2,264.55) 7th 4 8th Sally Hinckley ($252.15) ($2,365.70) ($2,658.45) 8th 0 9th Mark McKelvie $132.30 ($2,720.19) ($3,012.94) 10th 8 10th Ray Garnett ($126.95) ($2,858.93) ($3,151.68) 9th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale - $15 Exacta Box ($30 total) Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot at Vernon Downs paid $310.50, $1 Trifecta Part Wheel ($16) in the Carl Erskine Trot paid $114.20; Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta Box ($30)in The Circle City 3yo Filly Trot paid $154.50; Mark McKelvie - $10 Win ($10) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $109, $2 Trifecta Partial Wheel ($18) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby paid $241.80;Dennis O’Hara - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $310.50; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the 2nddivision of the Simpson Memorial 2yo Colt Trot paid $151.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $310.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in The Circle City 3yo Filly Pace paid $145.50, $15 Exacta ($30) in The Carl Erskine Trot paid $103.50), $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby paid $151.50; Richard Scott - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the 2nd division of the Simpson Memorial 2yo Colt Trot paid $151.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $310.50; Gordon Waterstone - $10 Exacta Box ($20) in the 2nd division of the Simpson Memorial 2yo Colt Trot paid $101, $10 Exacta Box ($20) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby paid $101   Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 9 at Balmoral Park – The American Nationals - $250,000(Est.) 3yo C&G Pace, $165,000(Est.) 3yo Filly Pace, $240,000(Est.) 3yo C&G Trot,  $115,000(Est.) 3yo Filly Trot, $190,000(Est.) 4yo & Up Pace, $195,000(Est.) 4yo & Up Trot, $113,000(Est.) 2yo C&G Pace, $115,000(Est.) 2yo Filly Pace Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator

Friday, November 1, 2013 – Hoosier Park - $250,000(Est.) The Monument Circle for 3yo pacing colts and geldings, $280,000(Est.) The Carl Erskine for 3yo trotters, $200,000(Est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA, $150,000(Est.) The Elevation for 2yo pacing colts and geldings, $60,000(Est.) The Circle City for 3yo pacing fillies, $75,000(Est.)  The Circle City for 3yo trotting fillies; Vernon Downs - $25,000(Est.) John Simpson Memorial for 2yo colt trotters, 2yo filly trotters, 2yo colt pacers, 2yo filly pacers.   Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Yonkers Raceway - $450,000 Messenger Final for 3yo Open pacers,   $178,684 Lady Maud Final for 3yo pacing fillies Earl Paulson was the best of the best this week in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as he led a trio of handicappers who scored triple digit profits this week on races at Tioga Downs and Hoosier Park.  Paulson outperformed everyone with a weekly profit of $598 versus $425 for Dennis O’Hara and $294 for Ann Stepien.  This week there were five handicappers who came out in the black which is believed to be a contest high. Richard Scott, despite taking a bye week on Saturday, remains in the lead with an over-all net profit of $45.60, leading second place Rusty Nash by a total of $337.02.  With this week’s coming action at Hoosier Park and Yonkers Raceway, this week presents another opportunity for the handicappers to shake up the standings.  Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on October 26, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($60.00) $45.60   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash $19.00 ($271.92) ($317.52) 2nd 4 3rd Ann Stepien $294.00 ($770.35) ($815.95) 4th 1 4th Garnet Barnsdale ($294.00) ($860.94) ($906.54) 3rd 8 5th Earl Paulson $598.00 ($1,080.85) ($1,126.45) 6th 7 6th Dennis O'Hara $425.00 ($1,169.05) ($1,214.65) 5th 2 7th Gordon Waterstone ($220.40) ($1,913.80) ($1,959.40) 7th 4 8th Sally Hinckley $62.50 ($2,113.55) ($2,159.15) 8th 0 9th Ray Garnett ($25.50) ($2,731.98) ($2,777.58) 10th 3 10th Mark McKelvie ($342.00) ($2,852.49) ($2,898.09) 9th 8 Key Hits Garnet Barndsdale – $15 Exacta Box ($30 total) in the 2nd division of The Madison County Trot for 2yo fillies paid $126; Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta Box ($30)in the 1st division of The Madison County Pace for 2yo colts paid $118, $5 Exacta Box ($30) in the 2nd division of The Madison County Pace for 2yo colts paid $168; Sally Hinckley - $2 Trifecta ($30) on the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo trotting colts paid $99.50, $1 Trifecta Key ($30) in the 3rd division of The Circle City Trot for 3yo colts paid $224.20; Dennis O’Hara - $8 Exacta Partial Wheel ($24) on the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo trotting colts paid $60; $10 Exacta Part Wheel ($30) on the 3rd division of The Circle City Trot for 3yo colts paid $309; Earl Paulson - $5 Trifecta Box ($30) on the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo filly trotters paid $115, $15 Exacta Box ($30) on the 1st division of The Madison County Trot for 2yo fillies paid $247.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) on the second division of The Circle City pace for 3yo colts paid $460.50; Anne Stepien - $3 Exacta Box ($18) on the 1st division of The Circle City Pace for 3yo colts paid $446.40. Contest Schedule This Week Friday, November 1, 2013 – Hoosier Park - $250,000(Est.) The Monument Circle for 3yo pacing colts and geldings, $280,000(Est.) The Carl Erskine for 3yo trotters, $200,000(Est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA, $150,000(Est.) The Elevation for 2yo pacing colts and geldings, $60,000(Est.) The Circle City for 3yo pacing fillies, $75,000(Est.)  The Circle City for 3yo trotting fillies Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Yonkers Raceway - $450,000 Messenger Final for 3yo Open pacers,   $178,684 Lady Maud Final for 3yo pacing fillies                                                                                                                                                                          by Allan Schott for HANA  

October 22, 2013 – Sally Hinckley, in her secondly weekly victory in the row was the Queen of the Breeders Crown in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as she managed to defeat Rusty Nash by just under $45 for the twelve race contest day ($287.20 vs. $242.25).  Overall for the week which also included the final preliminary legs of the Kindergarten Classics at Vernon Downs, Hinckley managed to score a profit of $291.30 versus Nash’s $217.85.  Finishing third for the week was Earl Paulson with a net profit of $139.50. Richard Scott (who came out $18.10 to the positive this past week) still holds the overall lead in the contest with an overall net profit of $105.60 leading Rusty Nash, who moved into the place spot overtaking Garnet Barnsdale who settled into third, by $397.02.  Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on October 19, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $18.30 $105.60   1st 5 2nd Rusty Nash $217.85 ($291.42) ($397.02) 3rd 3 3rd Garnet Barnsdale ($62.60) ($566.94) ($672.54) 2nd 8 4th Ann Stepien ($242.05) ($1,064.35) ($1,169.95) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($189.80) ($1,594.05) ($1,699.65) 5th 2 6th Earl Paulson $139.50 ($1,663.10) ($1,768.70) 7th 7 7th Gordon Waterstone ($20.00) ($1,693.40) ($1,799.00) 6th 4 8th Sally Hinckley $291.30 ($2,176.05) ($2,281.65) 10th 0 9th Mark McKelvie ($214.50) ($2,510.49) ($2,616.09) 8th 8 10th Ray Garnett ($281.70) ($2,705.50) ($2,811.10) 9th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale - $30 Win in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Pace paid $153.00, $7 Exacta ($14 total) in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Trot paid $106.40; Sally Hinckley –  $1 Trifecta Key ($12) in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Trot paid $229.50, $1 Trifecta Key ($30) in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot paid $214.90; Rusty Nash - $0.50 Trifecta Wheel ($28) in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Pace paid $224.75,$0.60 Trifecta Wheel ($28) in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot paid $107.45; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta ($30) in the 2nd division of the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo trotting colts paid $126.00, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Breeders Crown Open Trot paid $291.00, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Breeders Crown Open Pace paid $141.00; Gordon Waterstone - $20 Win in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace paid $102.00. Contest Schedule This Week Friday, October 25, 2013 – Vernon Downs - $222,500 Kindergarten Classic – 2yoCT, $211,000 Kindergarten Classic – 2yoFT Saturday, October 26, 2013 – Hoosier Park - $65,000(Div.) – Circle City for 2yo colts and geldings (trot and pace),  2yo filly (trot and pace), 3yo colts and geldings (trot and pace)               by Allan Schott for HANA  

October 14, 2013 – Handicapper Sally Hinckley, guest handicapper on Scarborough Downs broadcasts, managed to squeeze out top honors in this past week’s action at Balmoral Park in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by scoring a net profit of $56.20 for the three race competition where the race victors were odds-on favorites hampering  any significant moves.   Hinckley’s $56.20 topped handicappers Gordon Waterstone ($42.10) and Dennis O’Hara ($40.40) to secure top honors.  Richard Scott still holds the overall lead in the contest as the contest heads into Breeders Crown week with an overall net profit of $83.70, leading by $591.64.  However, with twelve contest races and the usual mix of favorites and long shots anticipated, the possibility of a big move exists. To follow the contest, including obtaining handicappers selections at hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on October 13, 2013, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($33.00) $87.30   1st 5 2nd Garnet Barnsdale $0.00 ($504.34) ($591.64) 2nd 8 3rd Rusty Nash $17.95 ($509.27) ($596.57) 3rd 3 4th Ann Stepien ($58.65) ($822.30) ($909.60) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara $40.40 ($1,404.25) ($1,491.55) 5th 2 6th Gordon Waterstone $42.10 ($1,673.40) ($1,760.70) 6th 4 7th Earl Paulson $18.00 ($1,802.60) ($1,889.90) 7th 7 8th Mark McKelvie $0.00 ($2,295.99) ($2,383.29) 8th 7 9th Ray Garnett ($31.00) ($2,423.80) ($2,511.10) 9th 3 10th Sally Hinckley $56.20 ($2,467.35) ($2,554.65) 10th 0   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Sally Hinckley - $1 Trifecta Key ($30 Total) in Hanover 2yo colts and geldings paid $74.30; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in 1st Division of Hanover 2yo filly stakes paid $108; Gordon Waterstone - $30 Win wager on Hanover 2yo colts and geldings paid $57. Contest Schedule This Week Friday, October 18, 2013 – Vernon Downs - $200,000(Est.) Kindergarten Classic – 2yoFT, $200,000(Est.) Kindergarten Classic – 2yoCT Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs - $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Colt Trot, $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Filly Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Filly Trot, $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot (Open), $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Filly Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Colt Pace, $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot, $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Filly Trot, $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Colt Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Colt Trot, $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace (Open) .by Allan Schott for HANA  .    

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