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December 9, 2014 - With the Cleveland Classic not filling, the last leg of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs has been cancelled resulting in Garnet Barnsdale being named the top handicapper for this year's contest with a net profit of $4,553.40, over $3,000 ahead of second place Mark McKelvie who had a net profit of $1,276. In a last minute move, Harnesslink's Brian McEvoy managed to nail Bob Zanakis for the show position, thanks to his $250 win wager on McWicked on Sunday's Progress stake at Dover Downs. While not finishing in the money, the last leg's big winner was Earl Paulson who had a $250 play on the winning Trifecta which gave him a weekly net profit of $2,850, allowing him to move up from tenth to fifth place, putting him withiin striking distance of the third spot if he was successful in the Cleveland Classic but alas, it was not to be. By nature of Barnsdale's winning of the contest, a donation of $1,500 will be made to his selected standardbred rescue, TROTR (Therapeutic Riding and Off Track Rehabilitation) in addition, donations of $250 will be made by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) and Red Shores-Charlottetown to the Canadian rescues of their choice in honor of Garnet's victory. For his second place finish, a donation of $1,050 will be made to McKelvie's selected rescue, Rainhill Sanctuary. A donation of $450 will be made to Horse Rescue United, Brian McEvoy's selected rescue. Final Standings (53 Legs) Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Garnet Barnsdale ($204.00) $4,553.40   2nd Mark McKelvie ($250.00) $1,276.00 $3,277.40 3rd Brian McEvoy $175.00 $33.50 $4,519.90 4th Bob Zanakis ($250.00) ($53.05) $4,606.45 5th Earl Paulson $2,850.00 ($57.50) $4,610.90 6th Brandon Valvo $175.00 ($620.00) $5,173.40 7th Josi Verlingieri $175.00 ($1,005.40) $5,558.80 8th Derick Giwner ($250.00) ($1,073.23) $5,626.63 9th Rusty Nash $350.00 ($1,733.36) $6,286.76 10th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($2,131.30) $6,684.70 11th Dennis O'Hara ($250.00) ($4,086.65) $8,640.05 12th Sally Hinckley $370.00 ($4,267.40) $8,820.80 13th Anne Stepien ($180.00) ($4,787.93) $9,341.33 14th Ray Garnett ($250.00) ($6,352.80) $10,906.20 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($10,048.40) $14,601.80 HANA Harness would like to once again thank its Gold Sponsors, the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowland Racing and Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as well as COSA and Red Shores-Charlottetown for their sponsorship and the handicappers which allowed this contest to help standardbred rescues across North America. For further information on HANA, please visit our website http://www.horseplayersassociation.org/. by Allan Schott, for HANA

November 30, 2014 - How do you best describe Leg 52 of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs? A Romp. Admittedly, with only four races remaining going in to last night's action, many of the handicappers were looking for that hit to vault them into contention while others were thwarted by the upset in the TVG Trot which was won by Intimidate making their efforts for naught. However when the dust settled, Sally Hinckley remained true to form and was rewarded with the sole winning wager of the evening to show a weekly net profit of $1,625 to get top honors for the week. Hinckley's hit came in the TVG Pace Final where she played a $125 Exacta Box of Sweet Lou and Foiled Again which paid $1,875, cutting her overall loss to $4,637.40. Despite being shut out last night, Garnet Barnsdale continues cruising towards the contest finish line with an overall net profit of $4,757.40, leading his closest competitor by $3,231.40 with just two races remaining. The current standings with two legs remaining in the competition are:   As of November 29, 2014 - Leg 52 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) $4,757.40   2nd Mark McKelvie ($250.00) $1,526.00 $3,231.40 3rd Bob Zanakis ($150.00) $196.95 $4,560.45 4th Brian McEvoy ($250.00) ($141.50) $4,898.90 5th Brandon Valvo ($250.00) ($795.00) $5,552.40 6th Derick Giwner ($248.20) ($823.23) $5,580.63 7th Josi Verlingieri ($250.00) ($1,180.40) $5,937.80 8th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($1,881.30) $6,638.70 9th Rusty Nash ($250.00) ($2,083.36) $6,840.76 10th Earl Paulson ($250.00) ($2,907.50) $7,664.90 11th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($3,836.65) $8,594.05 12th Anne Stepien ($250.00) ($4,607.93) $9,365.33 13th Sally Hinckley $1,625.00 ($4,637.40) $9,394.80 14th Ray Garnett ($240.00) ($6,102.80) $10,860.20 15th Ray Cotolo $0.00 ($9,798.40) $14,555.80 The Handicapping Shoot-Out takes a week off before the final two legs are contested beginning with the Progress Stake at Dover Downs on December 7 before wrapping up on December 12 at Northfield Park for the Cleveland Classic.  For more information, visit HANA Harness’ contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.     by Allan Schott, for HANA  

November 23, 2014 - As with several Breeders Crown champions this past weekend, Garnet Barnsdale opened up a commanding lead in Legs 50 and 51 of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest thanks to his weekly net profit of $2,446.10. With his tally this week, Barnsdale's overall net profit is $5,007.40, giving him a lead of $3,231.40 over second place Mark McKelvie. With three legs (four races) remaining in this year's contest, it would seemingly take a monster hit by one of his opponents and a collapse on his part for someone to take the lead away from him. While first place appears safe, there is a real battle for second and third place as the finishers in those positions will also have donations made to their rescues of choice. Second place McKelvie has an overall net profit of $1,776, roughly $1,430 ahead of third place Bob Zanakis' $346.95. While not in a cashing position, Brian McEvoy is sitting in fourth place within stalking distance as he is less than $240 behind Zanakis, On Friday night, Derick Giwner came out $883.20 to the plus side thanks to his plays in the Breeders Crown 3yo filly pace as a $72 win ticket earned him a $756 payout. In addition to the win wager, Giwner had a $1 Trifecta partial wheel ticket (total of $42) which paid $505.20. In the same race, Barndsale earned $806.40 thanks to his $1010.40 payoff on a $2 Trifecta key ($168). Saturday evening, was all Barnsdale with a daily profit of $1,659.70, followed by Dennis O'Hara's $605 and Rusty Nash's $440. Barnsdale's profit came primarily thanks to a $1 Trifecta wheel ($72) in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace which returned $1,998. O'Hara managed to hit a $132 Trifecta partial wheel ($390) in the 2yo filly trot which paid $975 while in the Open Mare Pace, Nash's $200 Place wager (part of a Win, Place combo; $400) returned a $840 dividend. The current standings with three legs remaining in the competition are: by Allan Schott, for HANA

November 9, 2014 - In perhaps the most competitive week of the competition, Brandon Valvo finished ahead of six other handicappers with positive ROIs in leg 49 of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest, thanks to his weekly net profit of $1,220 (-$385 overall), $660 ahead of overall leader Garnet Barnsdale. With Barnsdale's weekly profit of $560, he returns to the top of the standings with a net profit of $2,541.as the handicappers head into the bye week before the Breeders' Crown finals. Finishing third this week was Brian McEvoy ($500, $128.50 overall), followed by Gordon Waterstone ($320, -$1,031.30), Dennis O'Hara ($200, -$3,801.65), Earl Paulson ($90, -$2,317.50) and Josi Verlingieri ($85, -$530,40). Valvo owes his success this week thanks to two $200 Win wagers placed in this past Thursday's Matron Stakes at Dover Downs; the first wager in the 2yo colt and gelding pacer tilt returning $480 while his stake in the 3yo filly pacer event paying a generous $1,140 dividend). Barnsdale successfully let it ride in the 2yo colt and gelding pace as his $400 Win investment returned $960. Third place finisher McEvoy's profit was attributable to a $100 Win and $150 Place stake in the 2yo filly pace returning a combined $750. Other significant wagers this week were made by Dennis O'Hara whose $200 straight Trifecta in the 3yo filly pace paid $600; Earl Paulson's two $50 Win wagers in the 2yo colt and gelding trot returning $155 and the 2yo filly pace paying $210; Josi Verlingieri's $150 Win bet in the 2yo colt and gelding pace returning $360; Gordon Waterstone's $300 wager in the freshman colt and gelding pace paying $720. . The current standings after the completion of this past week's action are: As of November 6, 2014 - Leg 49 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Garnet Barnsdale $560.00 $2,541.30   2nd Mark McKelvie ($316.00) $1,790.00 $316.00 3rd Bob Zanakis ($400.00) $867.95 $1,238.05 4th Brian McEvoy $500.00 $128.50 $1,977.50 5th Brandon Valvo $1,220.00 ($385.00) $2,491.00 6th Josi Verlingieri $85.00 ($530.40) $2,636.40 7th Gordon Waterstone $320.00 ($1,031.30) $3,137.30 8th Derick Giwner ($340.00) ($1,058.23) $3,164.23 9th Rusty Nash ($295.00) ($2,073.36) $4,179.36 10th Earl Paulson $90.00 ($2,317.50) $4,423.50 11th Dennis O'Hara $200.00 ($3,801.65) $5,907.65 12th Anne Stepien ($161.00) ($4,267.43) $6,373.43 13th Ray Garnett ($400.00) ($5,066.80) $7,172.80 14th Sally Hinckley ($340.00) ($5,462.40) $7,568.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($400.00) ($8,998.40) $11,104.40 The Handicapping Shoot-Out takes a week off in preparation for Breeders' Crown Finals weekend.  For Breeders' Crown weekend, each handicapper will be able to wager up to $400 on each night.  After the Breeders' Crown, the contest has three more legs; the Meadowlands for the TVG Finals, Dover Downs' Progress Stake, before wrapping up with the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park.  Handicapper selections, results and standings are available at HANA Harness' contest website athttp://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                                                                                                                    by Allan Schott, for HANA

October 26, 2014 - After a duo of contest nights, handicapper Earl Paulson came out as top dog out of four handicappers who showed a profit this week in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest  thanks to his weekly net profit of $850.50, whittling away at his overall net loss which now stands at a negative $2,407.50. With regards to the overall lead, Mark McKelvie jumped back into the lead from third place with his weekly profit of $526.50 (overall $2,106), a mere $124.70 lead over Garnet Barnsdale whose weekly profit of $246 ($1,981.30) was not enough to keep him from being relegated to second. With his loss of $366.90 ($1,267.95), Bob Zanakis fell to third place but remains in the hunt being only $838.05 out of first place. Last, but not least with a positive ROI for the week was Dennis O'Hara who ended up with a profit of $275 (-$4,001.65) Interesting about this week is while there were four handicappers who had a positive ROI, only Dennis O'Hara was able to show a profit in leg 48 at Vernon Downs where his $675 profit was achieved thanks to a $125 two-horse Exacta box in the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo colts which returned $925. On Friday night (leg 47) at Hoosier Park, Paulson had a $913.50 profit thanks to a four-horse $3 Superfecta box ($72) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby which paid a dividend of $1,297.50. McKelvie show a profit of $569 thanks to a $20 Win ticket played on The Carl Erskine which returned $122 and a $10 Trifecta combination ticket ($150) in the Monument Circle Final which paid $837. Barnsdale's $496 profit resulted from a $80 exacta in the Carl Erskine which paid $896. The current standings after the completion of this past weekend's activity are: As of November 1, 2014 - Leg 48 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie $526.50 $2,106.00   2nd Garnet Barnsdale $246.00 $1,981.30 $124.70 3rd Bob Zanakis ($366.90) $1,267.95 $838.05 4th Brian McEvoy $0.00 ($371.50) $2,477.50 5th Josi Verlingieri ($189.25) ($615.40) $2,721.40 6th Derick Giwner ($580.00) ($718.23) $2,824.23 7th Gordon Waterstone ($86.00) ($1,351.30) $3,457.30 8th Brandon Valvo ($650.00) ($1,605.00) $3,711.00 9th Rusty Nash ($358.00) ($1,778.36) $3,884.36 10th Earl Paulson $850.50 ($2,407.50) $4,513.50 11th Dennis O'Hara $275.00 ($4,001.65) $6,107.65 12th Anne Stepien $0.00 ($4,106.43) $6,212.43 13th Ray Garnett ($425.50) ($4,666.80) $6,772.80 14th Sally Hinckley ($650.00) ($5,122.40) $7,228.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($8,598.40) $10,704.40 The Handicapping Shoot-Out has a rare mid-week date this week with Thursday’s card at Dover Downs where the Matron Stakes for 2 and 3yos of both sexes and gaits will be contested.  After this week’s action, the handicapping challenge takes a week off in anticipation of Breeders Crown weekend.  Handicapper selections, results and standings are available at HANA Harness’ contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.     by Allan Schott, for HANA

October 26, 2014 – In any handicapping contest, it takes only one successful wager to get back into the hunt, and it is has never been truer as Garnet Barnsdale leapfrogged from 6th place to the top of the standings in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest. As a result of a $2,400 net profit thanks to his $200 trifecta play in the Lady Maud at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night, Barnsdale leads the pack with an overall net profit of $1,735.30, $100.45 ahead of second place Bob Zanakis.  Right behind the top two is Mark McKelvie who dropped from first to third, only $155.80 from the top position.  Not to be left out, Derick Giwner jumped from 9th place to 4th thanks to his $5 trifecta play (total of $35) in Dayton Raceway’s Trotting Derby on Friday which paid a $2,539.00 dividend resulting in a weekly net profit of $1,889 (overall net profit of -$138.23).  While Giwner is still $1,800+ behind the leader, he is well within striking range of the lead.  The current standings after the completion of this past weekend’s activity are:   As of October 25, 2014 - Leg 46 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Garnet Barnsdale $2,400.00 $1,735.30   2nd Bob Zanakis $95.50 $1,634.85 $100.45 3rd Mark McKelvie ($342.50) $1,579.50 $155.80 4th Derick Giwner $1,889.00 ($138.23) $1,873.53 5th Josi Verlingieri ($650.00) ($426.15) $2,161.45 6th Brian McEvoy ($200.00) ($571.50) $2,306.80 7th Brandon Valvo ($500.00) ($955.00) $2,690.30 8th Gordon Waterstone ($194.00) ($1,265.30) $3,000.60 9th Rusty Nash ($342.50) ($1,420.36) $3,155.66 10th Earl Paulson ($90.00) ($3,258.00) $4,993.30 11th Anne Stepien ($154.00) ($4,106.43) $5,841.73 12th Ray Garnett ($640.00) ($4,241.30) $5,976.60 13th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($4,276.65) $6,011.95 14th Sally Hinckley ($270.00) ($4,472.40) $6,207.70 15th Ray Cotolo ($500.00) ($8,348.40) $10,083.70 As the Handicapping Shoot-Out heads into the homestretch, this week’s races brings the contestants to Hoosier Park Friday Evening for the final time this year with the $250,000(Est.) Monument Circle for 3yo colt pacers, the $225,000(Est.) Carl Erskine for 3yo trotters, $210,000(Est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for 3yos and up, as well as the $175,000(Est.) Nadia Lobell and $200,000(Est.) Moni Maker for 3yo filly pacers and trotters, respectively on tap.  On Saturday evening, the action returns to Vernon Downs for the $240,400 Kindergarten Classic final for 2yo colt trotters, $250,500 Kindergarten Classic final for 2yo filly trotters in addition to the $175,000(Est.) Artiscape for filly and mare pacers and the $175,000(Est.) Muscle Hill for filly and mare trotters.  The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                      by Allan Schott, for HANA    

October 18, 2014 - Dennis O'Hara was able to battle his way through a tough evening at Maywood Park to come out ahead for the week with a net profit of $382 in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. How tough a week was it? The only other handicapper to come out ahead was Brian McEvoy who eked out a $7.50 net profit. O'Hara can attribute his victory this week on his 'all in' bet on The Galt Stake by investing $240 on $20 Superfecta combinations which returned a $622 dividend. Clearly, it was a week the vast majority of handicappers are happy to put behind them as they turn the page and look forward to the racing action at Dayton Raceway, Yonkers Raceway, and Woodbine Racetrack this weekend. Despite coming out on the negative side this week, Mark McKelvie remains the overall leader with a net profit of $1,922, leading second-place Bob Zanakis ($1,539.35) by $382.65. In the third position is Josi Verlingieri ($223.85).   As of October 17, 2014 - Leg 44 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie ($150.00) $1,922.00   2nd Bob Zanakis ($184.50) $1,539.35 $382.65 3rd Josi Verlingieri ($50.00) $223.85 $1,698.15 4th Brian McEvoy $7.50 ($371.50) $2,293.50 5th Brandon Valvo ($250.00) ($455.00) $2,377.00 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($664.70) $2,586.70 7th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($1,071.30) $2,993.30 8th Rusty Nash ($250.00) ($1,077.86) $2,999.86 9th Derick Giwner ($65.00) ($2,027.23) $3,949.23 10th Earl Paulson ($250.00) ($3,168.00) $5,090.00 11th Ray Garnett ($96.00) ($3,601.30) $5,523.30 12th Anne Stepien ($242.80) ($3,952.43) $5,874.43 13th Dennis O'Hara $382.00 ($4,036.65) $5,958.65 14th Sally Hinckley ($250.00) ($4,202.40) $6,124.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($7,848.40) $9,770.40 This week the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out is in action both Friday with Dayton Raceway’s Pacing and Trotting Derbies and Saturday evening with the Final Four stakes at Woodbine and the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes leading the Grand Circuit action at the Old Hilltop along with the International Prep which features the return match-up of Commander Crowe and Sebastian K on North American soil. The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                                                                                                                                     by Allan Schott, for HAHA 

October 12, 2014 – This past week, HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest began a two week stay in Chi-Town with the American Nationals at Balmoral Park.  Handicappers had their choice of eleven races to play and by the time the dust settled on the evening’s races, Mark McKelvie romped to victory for the week with a net profit of $1,412 more than $1,200 over his nearest competitor and took the overall lead ($2,072) from Bob Zanakis ($1,7233.85) by a total of $348.15.  In addition to McKelvie, those handicappers with a profit for the week were Rusty Nash ($187.50), Sally Hinckley ($132.50), Derick Giwner ($86), and Brian McEvoy ($12.50). McKelvie’s breakout race was the American National for 3yo pacing fillies thank to his $20 Win and Place wager on Precious Beauty which paid a handsome $400 return for the $40 wager.  In addition to the wager on the race winner, McKelvie had a $20 3-horse Exacta box ($120 total) which returned a generous $1,412. Hinckley went positive for the week thank to her $30 3-horse Trifecta key ($180) in the American National for 3yo trotting colts and geldings which paid a $318 dividend.  Nash had 3 winners out of the 4 races, with his best returns coming in the American National for 3yo filly trotters ($150 Win on Shake it Cerry returning $270) and for 4yo and up trotters ($50 Win on Creatine paying $160).  Giwner’s big hits came in the consolation for 3yo colt and gelding pace where a $100 Exacta paid $300 and in the American National for 3yo trotting fillies where his $60 Exacta play returned $186. The current standings after the completion of the weekend’s activity are:     As of October 11, 2014 - Leg 43 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie $1,412.00 $2,072.00   2nd Bob Zanakis ($115.80) $1,723.85 $348.15 3rd Josi Verlingieri ($271.00) $273.85 $1,798.15 4th Brandon Valvo ($250.00) ($205.00) $2,277.00 5th Brian McEvoy $12.50 ($379.00) $2,451.00 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($400.00) ($414.70) $2,486.70 7th Gordon Waterstone $0.00 ($821.30) $2,893.30 8th Rusty Nash $187.50 ($827.86) $2,899.86 9th Derick Giwner $86.00 ($1,962.23) $4,034.23 10th Earl Paulson ($400.00) ($2,918.00) $4,990.00 11th Ray Garnett ($382.20) ($3,505.30) $5,577.30 12th Anne Stepien ($160.40) ($3,709.63) $5,781.63 13th Sally Hinckley $132.50 ($3,952.40) $6,024.40 14th Dennis O'Hara ($214.75) ($4,418.65) $6,490.65 15th Ray Cotolo $0.00 ($7,598.40) $9,670.40 This week the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out remains in Illinois for stakes action at Maywood Park featuring the $190,000 Windy City Pace for 3 year old colts and geldings, $70,000 Cinderella Stake (3 year old pacing fillies), $92,000 Galt Stakes for 3year old colt and gelding trotters, and the $50,000 Abe Lincoln for 2 year old colt and gelding pacers.   The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.           by Allan Schott, for HANA

The second week of the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile was a frustrating one for the handicappers, yet by the time the last race for the year at the Red Mile concluded, Derick Giwner was the last man standing as he clawed out weekly honors in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest  with a net profit of $258. How tough a week was it? The only other player with a positive return on investment was Brian McEvoy who managed a net profit of $67.50. Overall leader Bob Zanakis, who despite his net loss of $246.50 for the week, managed with his contest to date net profit of $1,839.65 to lengthen his lead to $1,179.65 over second place Mark McKelvie with Josi Verlingieri and Brandon Valvo right behind in third and fourth place respectively. On Thursday (October 2), it became clear this was not going to be a breakout week as the day ended with Anne Stepien ($90 net profit), Rusty Nash ($83), and Brian McEvoy ($30) showing modest profits with the majority of handicappers losing most, if not all of their daily bankrolls. Stepien came out ahead on the first day thanks to her $20 WPS ticket ($60 total) on first division winner, Flirty Filly, in the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2yo filly trotters which returned $266 while Nash made his net profit with a $20 win/place ticket ($40) on Flirty Filly returning $222.00. On Friday, Verilingieri and Giwner showed signs of coming to life with respective daily net profits of $215 and $164. In the third division of the ISS for 2yo trotting colts, Verilingieri's $85 win ticket on race winner Pinkman paid $425 while Giwner coupled the race winner with Billy Flynn to form a winning $40 exacta ticket which returned $384. Saturday belonged to Earl Paulson ($150) and Bob Zanakis ($125). Paulson's profit was made on a single wager on the second division of The Tattersalls when his $250 win play on Jk Endofanera returned $400. Zanakis earned a $125 profit on the second division of the ISS for 2yo colt pacers by playing a $250 win ticket on Lost For Words. Sunday's finale was a case of recovery for handicappers Ray Garnett ($628) and Gordon Waerstone ($295) and sealing victory by Giwner ($391). Garnett's profit came on a single wager, a $20 Exacta box of four horses in the Allerage Farms Open which turned a $240 investment into a $868 return thanks to State Treasurer finishing ahead of Foiled Again. Giwner's daily profit came from a $5 Trifecta Key ($100 total) on the first division of the Allerage F&M Open returning $641. Waterstone's was heard from in the second division of the Allerage F&M stake when his $150 win, $100 place wagers on Yagonnakissmeornot returning $545. The current standings after the completion of the weekend's activity are:   As of October 5, 2014 - Leg 42 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis ($246.50) $1,839.65   2nd Mark McKelvie ($690.00) $660.00 $1,179.65 3rd Josi Verlingieri ($388.20) $544.85 $1,294.80 4th Brandon Valvo ($700.00) $45.00 $1,794.65 5th Garnet Barnsdale ($726.00) ($14.70) $1,854.35 6th Brian McEvoy $67.50 ($391.50) $2,231.15 7th Gordon Waterstone ($198.00) ($821.30) $2,660.95 8th Rusty Nash ($580.60) ($1,015.36) $2,855.01 9th Derick Giwner $258.00 ($2,048.23) $3,887.88 10th Earl Paulson ($600.00) ($2,518.00) $4,357.65 11th Ray Garnett ($92.00) ($3,123.10) $4,962.75 12th Anne Stepien ($359.52) ($3,549.23) $5,388.88 13th Sally Hinckley ($1,000.00) ($4,084.90) $5,924.55 14th Dennis O'Hara ($854.00) ($4,203.90) $6,043.55 15th Ray Cotolo ($1,000.00) ($7,598.40) $9,438.05                                                                                  This week the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out heads to Illinois for American-National Saturday.   As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.     by Allan Schott, for HANA                                                     

September 29, 2014 - The first stanza of the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile is in the books and for the week, it was the Garnet Barnsdale Show in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest.  Barnsdale was hot this week, earning a weekly net profit of $3,254 to bring his overall net profit to $711.30, leapfrogging from 11th place to 5th place in the thick of things as he is now only $1,356.85 behind overall leader Bob Zanakis whose overall net profit is $2,086.15, just $718.15 ahead of 2nd place Mark McKelvie. Josi Verlingieri sits in 3rd place with Brandon Valvo and the aforementioned Barnsdale within $250 of her. Day 1 of The Red Mile meet was a tough challenge for all the handicappers with Verlingieri being the only handicapper to score a significant profit of $155 thanks to a $150 win ticket on the winner of the 4th division of the Bluegrass stakes for 2yo filly trotters as Bee The Queen returned a $405 dividend. Day 2 and 3 of the meet was all Barnsdale. On the 2nd day of the meet, Barnsdale earned a net profit of $1,405 thanks to his wagers in the 1st division of the Bluegrass stakes for 2yo filly pacers. A $200 exacta of Better Be Steppin and Hillary's Style returned him $720 while a $50 trifecta including Rock Her World for third return $935. Dennis O'Hara had a daily profit of $175 while Gordon Waterstone earned $100. On the 3rd day of the meet, Barnsdale increased his net profit by $2,349 in the 3rd division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2yo colt pacers. A $40 superfecta partial wheel ($240 total ticket) of Art Speak-Sicily-Traceur Hanover-Blood Brother returned a dividend of $2,252 while a straight $10 trifecta paid $347. Also rans on day 3 were Verlingieri with a $250 net profit and Rusty Nash with a $178.50 net thanks to winning exactas in the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt pacers and the FFA pacers at Scioto Downs in the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. Derick Giwner earned $112 for the day. The final day of the 1st stanza of The Red Mile meet was a tough day for all and the only winner of note was Rusty Nash whose $119 net profit was fueled by a $15 trifecta key ($90) in the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt trotters which paid $369. The current standings after the completion of the weekend's activity are:   As of September 28, 2014 - Leg 38 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis ($863.20) $2,086.15   2nd Mark McKelvie ($560.00) $1,350.00 $718.15 3rd Josi Verlingieri ($95.00) $933.05 $1,135.10 4th Brandon Valvo ($970.00) $745.00 $1,323.15 5th Garnet Barnsdale $3,254.00 $711.30 $1,356.85 6th Rusty Nash $8.00 ($434.76) $2,502.91 7th Brian McEvoy $100.00 ($459.00) $2,527.15 8th Gordon Waterstone $77.00 ($623.30) $2,691.45 9th Earl Paulson ($727.50) ($1,918.00) $3,986.15 10th Derick Giwner ($282.00) ($2,306.23) $4,374.38 11th Ray Garnett ($448.00) ($3,031.10) $5,099.25 12th Sally Hinckley ($643.00) ($3,084.90) $5,153.05 13th Ann Stepien ($590.80) ($3,189.71) $5,257.86 14th Dennis O'Hara ($555.00) ($3,349.90) $5,418.05 15th Ray Cotolo ($750.00) ($6,598.40) $8,666.55                                                                                  This week, the second stanza of the Red Mile meet is the focus of the handicapping challenge with Thursday racing featuring the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2yo filly trotters.  Friday’ contests include the ISS for 2yo colt trotters and filly pacers.  Saturday’s tilts include the ISS for 2yo colt pacers and the Garnsey Memorial for 3yo filly pacers in addition to the Tatersalls for 3yo open pacers.  Closing day in Lexington features a quartet of races, the first heat of the Kentucky Futurity and Kentucky Filly Futurity plus older horses in the Allerage for 3yo open trotters and pacers as well as their corresponding filly and mare stakes.   As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.       by Allan Schott, for HANA   

September 22, 2014 - With Ray Cotolo's $1,250 profit on Little Brown Jug Day, it looked very much like he would cruise home to victory this week in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. However, by the end the week's handicapping action In Quebec, Cotolo was indeed the weekly winner, but his lead had shrunk from $588 to only $105.20 over Dennis O'Hara as these two handicappers were the only ones to finish the week in the black. While the finish for weekly honors was tight, Bob Zanakis retains a comfortable lead of $1,039.35 to maintain the overall lead ($2,949.35) over second place Mark McKelvie ($1,910.00) through 34 legs of the contest. Brandon Valvo ($1,715.00) trails closely behind in third which rounds out the top three positions where donations are to be made to standardbred horse rescues on the victors' behalf. Jugette Day (Wednesday, September 17) at the Delaware County Fair had Dennis O'Hara lead the handicappers with his daily net profit of $589.80 thanks to his $6 base Superfecta ($240 total) on the Buckette coming in, paying $829.90 which was his sole wager for the day. Second best on Thursday was Josi Verlingieri, whose $410 profit was attributable to a $100 Win ticket on the American-National for 2yo colt trotters at Balmoral Park which paid a $660 dividend. Jug Day (Thursday, September 18) saw Cotolo collect the previously mentioned $1,250 return which was earned on a do-or-die $250 win ticket on the 2nd division of the Jug paying a generous $1,500. Sally Hinckley was the only other player with a positive return Thursday ($632) thanks to her $4 trifecta box ($24 total) in the Old Oaken Bucket which returned $882. With a day off, the contest resumed Saturday night with a septet of races at Hoosier Park plus the Milton Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Needless to say, the defeat of Sebastian K took most of the handicappers down but at the end of day, a lone handicapper had a positive return. Dennis O'Hara led the group with a net profit of $135 for Friday thanks to his $300 investment in $25 Superfectas in the 2nd division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management stake for 2yo pacing fillies which paid $507.50. To conclude the weekend's activity, the team of handicappers did battle with the return of the Prix d'Ete at Hippodrome 3r. By the time the curtain came down on Sunday's action, only two handicappers had a positive return, led by Derick Giwner who had a positive return of $225 thanks to his $150 win wager on Sunfire Blue Chip who returned $375. The other handicapper with a positive return was Verlingieri, whose $125 profit was attributable to her own $150 win ticket. The current standings after the completion of the weekend’s activity are:   As of September 21, 2014 - Leg 34 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis ($789.50) $2,949.35   2nd Mark McKelvie ($462.00) $1,910.00 $1,039.35 3rd Brandon Valvo ($860.00) $1,715.00 $1,234.35 4th Josi Verlingieri ($111.00) $1,028.05 $1,921.30 5th Rusty Nash ($640.00) ($442.76) $3,392.11 6th Brian McEvoy ($337.50) ($559.00) $3,508.35 7th Gordon Waterstone ($361.00) ($700.30) $3,649.65 8th Earl Paulson ($1,095.00) ($1,190.50) $4,139.85 9th Derick Giwner ($675.00) ($2,024.23) $4,973.58 10th Sally Hinckley ($200.00) ($2,441.90) $5,391.25 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($1,148.00) ($2,542.70) $5,492.05 12th Ray Garnett ($956.00) ($2,583.10) $5,532.45 13th Ann Stepien ($466.20) ($2,598.91) $5,548.26 14th Dennis O'Hara $244.80 ($2,794.90) $5,744.25 15th Ray Cotolo $350.00 ($5,848.40) $8,797.75                                                                                    This week, the racing action is concentrated at The Red Mile with various divisions of the Bluegrass being contested Thursday thru Sunday.  The only deviation from an all-Lexington weekend comes Saturday with the $200,000 Jim Ert Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs for pacers four year old and up..  As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.       Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org      

September 16, 2014 - While most contest handicappers found this a weekend to forget, Rusty Nash will remember this week as he leapfrogged from 11th to 5th place in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs thanks to his hit in the Canadian Trotting Classic which netted him $2,912 for the night. At the end of the weekend's action, which included the Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway, Nash netted a profit of $2,816 for the week and took weekly honors. The only other handicapper who showed a positive result for the weekend was Mark McKelvie who netted $237.50 for the period. Despite having a poor showing for the weekend, Bob Zanakis maintains a comfortable overall lead in the contest with al net profit of $3,738.85, $1,163.85 ahead of second place handicapper Brandon Valvo. Close behind Valvo with a difference of less than $200 is Mark McKelvie. The big hit of the weekend was the aforementioned hit by Nash where a $40 trifecta partial wheel (out of a total of $230 wagered on the trifecta) paid $3,162. The only other significant hit of the weekend belonged to McKelvie whose $50 win ticket on the Peaceful Way paid $487.50. The current standings after the completion of the weekend's activity are: As of September 15, 2014 - Leg 30 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis ($452.60) $3,738.85   2nd Brandon Valvo ($250.00) $2,575.00 $1,163.85 3rd Mark McKelvie $237.50 $2,372.00 $1,366.85 4th Josi Verlingieri ($349.00) $1,139.05 $2,599.80 5th Rusty Nash $2,816.00 $197.24 $3,541.61 6th Earl Paulson ($364.00) ($95.50) $3,834.35 7th Brian McEvoy ($19.00) ($221.50) $3,960.35 8th Gordon Waterstone ($382.00) ($339.30) $4,078.15 9th Derick Giwner ($340.00) ($1,349.23) $5,088.08 10th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($1,394.70) $5,133.55 11th Ray Garnett ($488.00) ($1,627.10) $5,365.95 12th Ann Stepien ($248.40) ($2,132.71) $5,871.56 13th Sally Hinckley ($198.00) ($2,241.90) $5,980.75 14th Dennis O'Hara ($210.00) ($3,039.70) $6,778.55 15th Ray Cotolo ($500.00) ($6,198.40) $9,937.25                                                                                   This week, the action comes fast and furious with the American-Nationals for 2yo trotters at Balmoral Park and at Delaware, the Buckette, Old Oaken Bucket, and the eliminations of the Jugette and Little Brown Jug on Wednesday and Thursday.  The week’s action concludes with a quartet of stakes at Hoosier Park plus the Milton at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.  As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.     by Alan Schott, for HANA

September 2, 2014 - The week off in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs gave the handicappers the opportunity to think over their handicapping strategy and by doing so, they came out guns a blazing with five instances of handicappers scoring net profits of over $1,000 on any given day. When the dust settled, Mark McKelvie was the big winner for the week showing a net profit of $2,586, leapfrogging from 8th to 3rd place. While McKelvie won the week, Bob Zanakis regained the lead over Brandon Valvo with a swing a $2,919.25 thanks to his weekly net profit of $2,094.75. Gordon Waterstone's weekly net profit of $2,103 moved him from 12th place to 6th. On Thursday, August 28, Bob Zanakis started the hit parade, playing a $6 price part wheel trifecta ($144 total) in the first division of the Champlain and it paid off handsomely as he received a dividend of $2,408.40. Other key hits on Thursday were Sally Hinckley's $10 trifecta key ($120l) in the third division of the Champlain which paid $301, Dennis O'Hara's $50 cold exacta in the same race which returned $260, and Ann Stepien's $2 four-horse trifecta box ($48) earned $143.60. On a typical day, Gordon Waterstone's $20 trifecta key ($120) in the third division would normally have been the talk of the town with its $602 return but alas, Zanakis' play overshadowed this accomplishment. On Friday, August 2, the handicappers gathered their collective breaths with no particular breakouts. While the day's action was sedate, there were some individual bets worth noting. Derick Giwner's $150 exacta in the Zweig Memorial returned $405 while in the same race, Hinckley's $25 trifecta key ($150) paid $307.50. Saturday saw three players with big nights. Mark McKelvie led the trio with a net profit of $3,226 thanks to a $20 trifecta part-wheel ($60) in the She's A Great Lady. Waterstone earned $1,403 as a result of a $10 trifecta part wheel ($200) in the same race and O'Hara's $1,097 evening was attributable to a $30 trifecta key ($360) in the Metro which grossed $1,497. Other solid plays were Ray Garnett's $14 trifecta key ($280) in the Metro paid a $698.60 dividend as was Hinckley's $10 trifecta key play, returning $499. In the first division of the Simcoe, Josi Verlingieri had two winning tickets, a $25 exacta box ($150) paid $317.50 and a $125 win, place wager which returned $943.75. With a one day break, the handicappers returned for a Labor Day stanza which belonged to Garnet Barnsdale with his hit in the Shady Daisy. While Barnsdale had listed a $1 superfecta part wheel ($42), his ticket was reduced to a $.30 ticket ($12.60) which paid $2,561.90, reflecting the size of the superfecta pool. Waterstone was the only other player who won on Sunday as his $30 exacta box ($180) paid $438. The current standings after the completion of four legs are: As of September 1, 2014 - Leg 27 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis $2,094.75 $4,303.45   2nd Brandon Valvo ($824.50) $2,780.00 $1,523.45 3rd Mark McKelvie $2,586.00 $1,962.00 $2,341.45 4th Josi Verlingieri $937.40 $1,551.55 $2,751.90 5th Earl Paulson ($504.00) $240.90 $4,062.55 6th Gordon Waterstone $2,103.00 $202.70 $4,100.75 7th Brian McEvoy $67.50 ($110.00) $4,413.45 8th Derick Giwner ($715.00) ($759.23) $5,062.68 9th Garnet Barnsdale $1,331.30 ($894.70) $5,198.15 10th Ray Garnett ($480.40) ($1,102.55) $5,406.00 11th Sally Hinckley ($122.00) ($1,793.90) $6,097.35 12th Ann Stepien ($406.95) ($2,156.06) $6,459.51 13th Rusty Nash ($745.65) ($2,369.76) $6,673.21 14th Dennis O'Hara $467.00 ($2,579.70) $6,883.15 15th Ray Cotolo ($1,150.00) ($5,698.40) $10,001.85 This week, one leg of the contest will be held on Saturday, September 6 at Mohawk Racetrack with a trio of races scheduled, the Simcoe for 3yo open pacers and the Champlain for 2yo open pacers and 2yo filly pacers will be contested. As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott for HANA

August 24, 2014 - In the final two legs before the mid-season break of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Josi Verlingieri dominated her fellow competitors with a net profit of $1,886.25, more than $1,000 ahead of the rest of the pack. While Verlingieri leapfrogged from 8th to 4th place with her performance, Brandon Valvo remains on top at the mid-season break, leading his fellow handicappers with a net profit of $3,604.50, $1,395.80 ahead of his closest competitor, Bob Zanakis Other handicappers had less profitable, though significant weekends. Overall leader Brandon Valvo ended the final weekend of the summer portion of the competition with a weekly net profit of $830 edging out Earl Paulson who had a net profit of $800. As for key wagers for the weekend, after starting off with a $70 loss in Leg 22 (August 15), Verlingieri reversed her fortunes dramatically with a profit of $1,956.25 in Leg 23 (August 16) by going all in with a $125 Win and Place wager on Solar Sister ($27.50, $7.80) in the 3rd leg of the Eternal Camnation at Mohawk Racetrack. For Leg 22, the inaugural Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park, Earl Paulson netted a profit of $662.50 thanks primarily to a $25 Exacta box of three horses ($155 total) which returned $835. Valvo managed a $609 profit in Leg 22 with a $50 Win, Place wager on Milstein Memorial Consolation winner National Debt which returned $475 plus a $10 Trifecta part-wheel ($60) on the Milstein Memorial with its $294 dividend while scoring a $221 profit in Leg 23 primarily with his $10 Trifecta box ($60) in the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Raceway which returned $206. Paulson scored a $600 profit in the Friday night leg of the competition primarily with a $25 Exacta three-horse box ($150) which returned a gross of $835 and a $137.50 profit on Saturday evening with a $5 Exacta box ($30) in the 3rd division of the Eternal Camnation which returned $252.50. Other performances worth noting were Sally Hinckley's $386.50 profit in the Saturday evening stanza with a $20 Trifecta key ($240) in the 3rd division of the Nassagaweya which returned $600 while Rusty Nash scored a $230 profit thanks to a $353 return on a $20 Win, Place wager on the 3rd division of the Eternal Camnation. The current standings at the break are: As of August 16, 2014 - Leg 23 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $830.00 $3,604.50   2nd Bob Zanakis ($500.00) $2,208.70 $1,395.80 3rd Earl Paulson $800.00 $744.90 $2,859.60 4th Josi Verlingieri $1,886.25 $614.15 $2,990.35 5th Derick Giwner ($143.00) ($44.23) $3,648.73 6th Brian McEvoy ($12.50) ($177.50) $3,782.00 7th Ray Garnett $0.00 ($622.15) $4,226.65 8th Mark McKelvie ($500.00) ($624.00) $4,228.50 9th Rusty Nash $18.52 ($1,624.11) $5,228.61 10th Sally Hinckley $216.10 ($1,671.90) $5,276.40 11th Ann Stepien ($240.00) ($1,749.11) $5,353.61 12th Gordon Waterstone ($500.00) ($1,900.30) $5,504.80 13th Garnet Barnsdale ($498.00) ($2,226.00) $5,830.50 14th Dennis O'Hara ($463.00) ($3,046.70) $6,651.20 15th Ray Cotolo ($500.00) ($4,548.40) $8,152.90 by Allan Schott, for HANA

August 10, 2014 - Perhaps with the Hambletonian in the rear view mirror the general opinion was it was time to swing for the fences in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, but whatever the reason, the Dan Patch Invitational leg of the handicapping contest turned into a survivor round. While Sweet Lou was an obvious key horse in the race, the handicappers for the most part were unable to construct a ticket which used both Bettor's Edge and streaking Carol's Comet in their exotic plays. As a result, the successful handicapper this past Friday was the handicapper who managed to get their head over the waterline. Three handicappers were successful in the effort with Brandon Valvo winning the week with a $50 net profit and regaining the overall lead ($2,774.50) from Bob Zanakis with a tenuous lead of $65.80. Other handicappers who managed to show positive results for the week were Earl Paulson ($30) and Brian McEvoy ($20). Obviously, the number of key wagers this week were minimal but Rusty Nash greatly reduced his potential deficit by wheeling Sweet Lou in the Superfecta for a dime investment ($33.60 total) and managed to collect $116.65. Earl Paulson managed his $30 profit with a $150 Win ticket on the race winner which paid $180 while weekly winner Brandon Valvo employed similar strategy by earning $50 with a $250 win ticket on the FFA pacer. Brian McEvoy managed his $20 profit with a combination of Win and Show wagers on the race winner. Bob Zanakis managed to stay close and within reach of the top spot by playing a $15 exacta partial wheel ($75) which grossed $193.50. The current standings are:   As of August 8, 2014 - Leg 21 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $50.00 $2,774.50   2nd Bob Zanakis ($56.50) $2,708.70 $65.80 3rd Derick Giwner ($237.00) $98.77 $2,675.73 4th Earl Paulson $30.00 ($55.10) $2,829.60 5th Mark McKelvie ($240.00) ($124.00) $2,898.50 6th Brian McEvoy $20.00 ($165.00) $2,939.50 7th Ray Garnett ($248.00) ($622.15) $3,396.65 8th Josi Verlingieri ($235.00) ($1,272.10) $4,046.60 9th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($1,400.30) $4,174.80 10th Ann Stepien ($238.00) ($1,509.11) $4,283.61 11th Rusty Nash ($45.35) ($1,642.63) $4,417.13 12th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($1,728.00) $4,502.50 13th Sally Hinckley ($250.00) ($1,888.00) $4,662.50 14th Dennis O'Hara ($250.00) ($2,583.70) $5,358.20 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($4,048.40) $6,822.90                                                                                 This coming weekend, the Challenge picks up the tempo with races at several tracks.  Friday evening the contest stops at Northfield Park for the inaugural $400,000(Est.) Carl Milstein Memorial for 3yo pacing colts.  The contest then moves north Saturday with the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Raceway before heading to the Canadian Maritimes for the popular $75,000 Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores Charlottetown.  Two year olds get their time in the spot light as well with Mohawk Raceway hosting the $215,000(Div.) Eternal Cammation for 2yo pacing fillies and the $245,000(Div.) Nassagaweya for 2yo pacers.  As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.    Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator

July 27, 2014 – The Meadow’s Adios Card is in the books and at the end of the day Handicapper Ray Cotolo reigned supreme for the week in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest with a weekly net profit of $305, nearly $100 ahead of his closest opponent.     While Cotolo is a newcomer to the list of weekly winners, Bob Zanakis continues his run as overall leader with a combined net profit of $3,000.70 ($140 for the week), leading second place Brandon Valvo by $607.20. This week, the adage it only takes one hit to make you a winner applies as Cotolo’s victory came thanks to a single wager, a $150 win wager on Allstar Rating in the Adioo Volo which returned a $705 dividend.  Other handicappers had winners, but due to the short-priced nature of the card, significant winners were at a premium, amongst them were: Derick Giwner’s $150 Win ticket on Too Darn Hot in the second division of the Adren Downs 2yo C&G pace paid $480; Mark McKelvie’s $50 Win ticket on Rich Wisdom in the first division of the Arden Downs for 2yo C& G pacers paid $195; Rusty Nash’s $100 wager on the same horse paid $390; Dennis O’Hara ‘s $10 Exacta part wheel ($30 total) in the first division of the Arden Downs for 3yo Filly trotters returned $125; Josie Verlingierli $40 straight wager on the second division of the Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace, earned $156; Gordon Waterstone’s $50 Exacta in the third division of Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace which returned $115. As the Hambletonian marks the unofficial mid-point in the stakes season, the standings for the Handicapper Shoot-Out at the mid-point are: As of July 26, 2014 - Leg 19 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis $140.00 $3,000.70   2nd Brandon Valvo $50.00 $2,393.50 $607.20 3rd Derick Giwner $206.00 $623.17 $2,377.53 4th Ray Garnett ($218.00) $15.85 $2,984.85 5th Mark McKelvie ($119.50) ($91.50) $3,092.20 6th Brian McEvoy $7.50 ($185.00) $3,185.70 7th Earl Paulson ($71.00) ($437.00) $3,437.70 8th Josi Verlingieri ($126.00) ($956.40) $3,957.10 9th Gordon Waterstone $108.60 ($989.30) $3,990.00 10th Ann Stepien ($189.00) ($1,020.11) $4,020.81 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($280.00) ($1,078.00) $4,078.70 12th Sally Hinckley ($400.00) ($1,325.00) $4,325.70 13th Rusty Nash $160.00 ($1,712.40) $4,713.10 14th Dennis O'Hara $30.50 ($2,097.70) $5,098.40 15th Ray Cotolo $305.00 ($3,398.40) $6,399.10 This week, the Grand Circuit Handicapper Shoot-Out visits Meadowlands Racing & Gaming for the Hambletonian Day card amongst which are the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, $352,050 Merrie Annabelle, $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial, $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship, $177,750 Lady Liberty, and $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial.  For more information regarding the handicapping contest, please visit http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.   by Allan Schott, for HANA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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