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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

July 20, 2014 – Sebastian K’s defeat in the Maple Leaf Trot broke many a handicappers’ heart but Anne Stepien managed to play the race right and as a result is the weekly champion 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. By having a net profit of $479.06 for the weekend, moving from 12th place to 10th.  Rusty Nash was second best with a net profit of $260 won in the Lawrence B. Sheppard ay Yonkers Raceway, moving up one slot to 13th place.  Although showing only a $5 profit for the week, Bob Zanakis remains in 1stplace with an overall net profit of $2,860.70, $517.20 ahead of 2nd place Brandon Valvo.   There were several key hits for the weekend.  Ray Garnett managed to break even for the weekend thanks to his three horse $10 Exacta Box ($60 total) in the Battle of Lake Erie, which paid $240.  Derick Giwner managed a symbolic $2 profit for the weekend thanks to his $80 Win wager in the Sheppard which paid $252.00.  Rusty Nash’s 2nd place finish came as a result of his $100 Win, Place ticket in the Sheppard which rewarded him with a $510 dividend.  The weekly champion, Ann Stepien managed to earn her victory wheeling Sebastian K in a $4 Key Exacta Box with 8 horses ($64), earning her $619.40.  Bob Zanakis made a $5 profit thanks to his $50 Win, Place ticket ($100) in the Yonkers stake which paid $255.00.  Here are the standings after Saturday night’s action. As of July 19, 2014 - Leg 18 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis $5.00 $2,860.70   2nd Brandon Valvo ($210.00) $2,343.50 $517.20 3rd Derick Giwner $2.00 $417.17 $2,443.53 4th Ray Garnett $0.00 $233.85 $2,626.85 5th Mark McKelvie ($250.00) $28.00 $2,832.70 6th Brian McEvoy $12.50 ($192.50) $3,053.20 7th Earl Paulson ($250.00) ($366.00) $3,226.70 8th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($798.00) $3,658.70 9th Josi Verlingieri ($150.00) ($830.40) $3,691.10 10th Ann Stepien $479.06 ($831.11) $3,691.81 11th Sally Hinckley ($250.00) ($925.00) $3,785.70 12th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($1,097.90) $3,958.60 13th Rusty Nash $260.00 ($1,872.40) $4,733.10 14th Dennis O'Hara ($250.00) ($2,128.20) $4,988.90 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($3,703.40) $6,564.10 The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out visits the Meadows this weekend on Saturday, July 26, for the $400,000 Adios, $150,000 Adioo Volo, and the Arden Downs for 2yo pacers and 3yo trotters of both sexes. Further contest details may be found at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott, for HANA

July 13, 2014 - Meadowlands Pace night provided six contest races for 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. Most of the handicappers availed themselves of more than one race to play but Bob Zanakis had the patience to wait until the Meadowlands Pace while Garnet Barnsdale decided to play only the first contest race, the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Patience was the word as these two handicappers exploded last night with Zanakis using his weekly gain of $2,925.20 to jump from fifth place to first , while Barnsdale rung up a $1,040 profit to move from twelfth to eighth place. Six other handicappers showed positive results to a lesser degree for the weekend. With Zanakis' performance, he now shows a net profit for the contest of $2,855.70, leading previous leader Brandon Valvo by $302.20. Zanakis unloaded on the Meadowlands Pace by earning $1,053.20 on the Meadowlands Pace Superfecta by playing $144 in $1 Supefecta tickets. Zanakis earned $2,272 by playing $240 in $5 Trifecta tickets. As for Barnsdale, he earned $1,440 by playing $400 on a an exacta of Father Patrick and Nuncio straight. When the day was over, Barnsdale showed a contest net profit of -$548. Other notable plays for the evening were successful. Derick Giwner scored $180 by playing a $50 Exacta on the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Ann Stepien's $48 in $2 Trifecta tickets on the Meadowlands Pace paid a dividend of $454.40. Handicapper Brandon Valvo played in the Stanley Dancer Memorial a $10 Exacta ($60 total) which paid $154; a $90 win wager in the William R. Haughton Memorial pad $180; a $100 win ticket on the Meadowlands Pace paid $310. In the Del Miller Memorial, Josi Verlinigeri $100 place ticket paid $390 and her $.50 Superfecta ($60 total) paid $313.50. As a result of last night's performance, the standings have had some movement. Here are the standings after last night's action. As of July 12, 2014 - Leg 17 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Bob Zanakis $2,925.20 $2,855.70   2nd Brandon Valvo $244.00 $2,553.50 $302.20 3rd Derick Giwner $20.00 $415.17 $2,440.53 4th Mark McKelvie ($390.00) $278.00 $2,577.70 5th Ray Garnett ($275.50) $233.85 $2,621.85 6th Earl Paulson $2.50 ($116.00) $2,971.70 7th Brian McEvoy $12.50 ($205.00) $3,060.70 8th Garnet Barnsdale $1,040.00 ($548.00) $3,403.70 9th Sally Hinckley ($102.00) ($675.00) $3,530.70 10th Josi Verlingieri $303.35 ($680.40) $3,536.10 11th Gordon Waterstone ($292.00) ($847.90) $3,703.60 12th Ann Stepien $398.83 ($1,310.17) $4,165.87 13th Dennis O'Hara ($390.00) ($1,878.20) $4,733.90 14th Rusty Nash ($260.00) ($2,132.40) $4,988.10 15th Ray Cotolo ($352.00) ($3,453.40) $6,309.10 The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out visits three tracks this Saturday, July 19, starting at Northfield Park for the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie. The Shoot-Out then moves on to Yonkers Raceway for the $125,000 Lawrence B Sheppard for 2yos and Mohawk for the highly-anticipated $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Further contest details may be found at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott, for HANA  

July 7, 2014 - Handicapper Brandon Valvo joined the Ake Svandstedt Fan Club this week and as a result stretched his lead 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 by showing a weekly net profit of $810 (overall net profit of $2,309.50) and increasing his lead over second place Mark McKelvie by over 200% to lead by $1,641,50, Following closely behind was Ray Garnett, whose weekly net profit of $673.50 propelled him from 5th to 3rd place. The two handicappers led a group of six handicappers who showed a positive return for the week. After sixteen legs of the contest, only a quartet of handicappers is showing a positive return to date. Valvo managed to earn his weekly profit with a $50 WPS (total of $150) ticket on Your So Vain which earned the astute handicapper a $665 dividend. In addition, Valvo played a $10 Exacta 3-horse box ($60) which coupled Your So Vain with Bee A Magician to return $355. As for Garnett, his success for the week can be attributed to a $2 Trifecta box of five horses ($120) which returned $735.80 and a four horse $5 Exacta box ($60) which paid $177.50. Other handicappers with key plays were Gordon Waterstone whose $10 Exacta Wheel of Your So Vain ($130) returned a generous $355 and Bob Zanakis, whose $35 Win, Place ticket paid $399. As of July 5, 2014 - Leg 16 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $810.00 $2,309.50   2nd Mark McKelvie ($250.00) $668.00 $1,641.50 3rd Ray Garnett $673.30 $509.35 $1,800.15 4th Derick Giwner $73.60 $395.17 $1,914.33 5th Bob Zanakis $149.00 ($69.50) $2,379.00 6th Earl Paulson ($150.00) ($118.50) $2,428.00 7th Brian McEvoy $75.00 ($217.50) $2,527.00 8th Gordon Waterstone $118.00 ($555.90) $2,865.40 9th Sally Hinckley ($180.00) ($573.00) $2,882.50 10th Josi Verlingieri ($244.00) ($983.75) $3,293.25 11th Dennis O'Hara ($246.00) ($1,488.20) $3,797.70 12th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($1,588.00) $3,897.50 13th Ann Stepien ($250.00) ($1,709.00) $4,018.50 14th Rusty Nash ($240.00) ($1,872.40) $4,181.90 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($3,101.40) $5,410.90      The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out kicks into overdrive this Saturday, July 12 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment with the running of the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace (3yo Open pace), $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee (3yo filly pace), $312,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial (3yo Open trot), $211,000 Del Miller Memorial Trot (3yo filly trot), $463,300 William R. Haughton Memorial FFA (pace), $183,450 Golden Girls (FFA Mares pace), and potentially the $50,000 TVG FFA Trot if the race goes. By Allan Schott

June 29, 2014 - Sally Hinckley was the top handicapper this week in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest with a net profit of $296.80. While Hinckley was top dog for the week, Brandon Valvo retook  the overall lead in the competition thanks to his overall net profit of $1,499.50 and Mark McKelvie's stumble which allowed Valvo to reverse a $14.50 deficit into a lead of $581.50. In addition to Hinckley and Valvo, Garnet Barnsdale, Ray Garnett and two other handicappers had a positive return for the week meaning seven handicappers improved their overall earnings in the contest this week. Sally Hinckley profited with trifecta hits in both the Max C. Hempt and Earl Beal Jr. Memorials. In the Hempt, a $10 three-horse trifecta box ($60 total) returned $194 while in the Beal, $144 in various trifecta plays returned $426.80. Barnsdale laid it all on the line playing Mcwicked to win for $400 to receive a $600 payoff. Ray Cotolo avoided a shut out with a $50 win ticket on Doo Wop Hanover in the Hempt Consolation, paying $175. Ray Garnett's $10 exacta box ($60) returned a dividend of $157 in the James M. Lynch Memorial while putting four horses under Sweet Lou in a $40 exacta ($160) in the Ben Franklin FFA returned $428. In the Franklin, Dennis O'Hara played a $10 trifecta key ($120) which returned $293. Earl Paulson had several winners and his $40 win plays in the Lynch Consolation and Final paid $124 and $104, respectively. Brandon Valvo $50 win-place ticket in the Lynch returned $215 while his three horse $10 exacta box ($60) paid $157. Josi Verlingieri was heard from as well with a $50 win ticket in the Lynch Consolation paying $155. As of June 28, 2014 - Leg 15 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $196.00 $1,499.50   2nd Mark McKelvie ($400.00) $918.00 $581.50 3rd Derick Giwner ($389.00) $321.57 $1,177.93 4th Earl Paulson $112.00 $31.50 $1,468.00 5th Ray Garnett $197.00 ($163.95) $1,663.45 6th Bob Zanakis ($284.00) ($218.50) $1,718.00 7th Brian McEvoy $10.00 ($292.50) $1,792.00 8th Sally Hinckley $296.80 ($393.00) $1,892.50 9th Gordon Waterstone $29.30 ($673.90) $2,173.40 10th Josi Verlingieri ($221.00) ($739.75) $2,239.25 11th Dennis O'Hara ($64.60) ($1,242.20) $2,741.70 12th Garnet Barnsdale $200.00 ($1,338.00) $2,837.50 13th Ann Stepien ($200.10) ($1,459.00) $2,958.50 14th Rusty Nash ($40.00) ($1,632.40) $3,131.90 15th Ray Cotolo ($129.40) ($2,851.40) $4,350.90 The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out continues this Saturday, July 5, with the inaugural $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Following this coming week, the action picks up as stakes season goes into overdrive. by Allan Schott, for HAHA

June 22, 2014 - A trio of handicappers highlighted this weekend's action 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 thanks to the appearance of Sebastian K in the TVG FFA Series by earning triple digit gains for the week. Meanwhile, Mark McKelvie took on a $200 loss to back up towards the field as the leader now has a slim $14.50 lead over second place handicapper Brandon Valvo. The trio, which had the best performance of the fifteen handicappers, was Ray Garnett, profit of $247.50; Gordon Waterstone, $150; Bob Zanakis, $125. Three additional handicappers showed smaller profits for the week. Friday night's big winners were Ray Garnett's $50 exacta partial wheel of three horses ($150 cost) which paid $375; Rusty Nash's 4 horses $20 partial exacta wheel ($80) paying $150; Ann Stepien's $75 win ticket paying $120; Gordon Waterstone's $250 win wager paying $400; Bob Zanakis' $50 two horse exacta partial wheel ($100) paying $375. Standings as of June 20, 2014 - Leg 14 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie ($200.00) $1,318.00   2nd Brandon Valvo $0.00 $1,303.50 $14.50 3rd Derick Giwner ($24.43) $710.57 $607.43 4th Bob Zanakis $125.00 $65.50 $1,252.50 5th Earl Paulson ($150.00) ($80.50) $1,398.50 6th Brian McEvoy $12.50 ($302.50) $1,620.50 7th Ray Garnett $247.50 ($360.95) $1,678.95 8th Josi Verlingieri ($85.30) ($518.75) $1,836.75 9th Sally Hinckley $0.00 ($689.80) $2,007.80 10th Gordon Waterstone $150.00 ($703.20) $2,021.20 11th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($1,177.60) $2,495.60 12th Ann Stepien $69.20 ($1,258.90) $2,576.90 13th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($1,538.00) $2,856.00 14th Rusty Nash $50.00 ($1,592.40) $2,910.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($2,722.00) $4,040.00   This week, the handicapping Shoot-Out moves to Pocono Downs for Saturday’s stakes-laden card including the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial (3yo Open Pace), $300,000 James M Lynch Memorial (3yo Filly Pace), $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial (3yo Open Trot) and $500,000 Ben Franklin (FFA Pace) in addition to any possible consolations which may be carded.  For further information regarding the Handicapping Shoot-Out, you may visit the contest website http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org Visit our blog at HANA Harness Blog. Keep up with the latest HANA Harness Handicapping Contest.

June 15, 2014 - Thanks to a $100 exacta box wager on the Meadowlands Maturity, 2012 Pen vs. Chip Handicapping Champion, Mark McKelvie, surged to the lead in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest. The $100 exacta box of Captaintreacherous and Odds On Equuleus gave McKelvie a $1,200 profit for Friday evening on the way to a net profit of $1,065 for the weekend. As a result, McKelvie through 13 legs has a net profit of $1,518, leading former leader Brandon Valvo by $214.50. Of course, McKelvie was not the only handicapper to have a profitable weekend. With Dennis O'Hara's profit of $813.60, he moves from 14th place to 11th. Three other handicappers ended up in the black for the weekend. In addition to McKelvie's $1,400 (gross) hit on Friday night, there were other key wagers made on Friday evening. Ray Garnett had a $10 exacta ($90 in total exacta wagers) which paid $140; Derick Giwner's $200 win wager on Captaintreacherous paid $380; Dennis O'Hara's $2 trifecta box ($120) paid $253.60, $5 trifecta ($80) paid $634, $10 exacta part wheel ($40) paid $140. Saturday's big wagers were Ray Garnett's $1 trifecta box ($60) in the North America Cup which paid $328.75; Derick Giwner's $40 exacta in the Goodtimes paid $204; Sally Hinckley's $20 exacta box ($40) paid $160 and $2 trifecta box ($48) paid $255 in the Roses Are Red; Mark McKelvie's $100 win wager in the Fan Hanover paid $265; Josi Verlingieri's $50 win/pace wager in the Armbro Flight paid $387.50; Gordon Waterstone's $10 trifecta key ($60) in the Goodtimes paid $197.50. As of June 14, 2014 - Leg 13 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie $1,065.00 $1,518.00   2nd Brandon Valvo ($430.00) $1,303.50 $214.50 3rd Derick Giwner $11.20 $735.00 $783.00 4th Earl Paulson ($171.00) $69.50 $1,448.50 5th Bob Zanakis ($420.00) ($59.50) $1,577.50 6th Brian McEvoy ($145.00) ($315.00) $1,833.00 7th Josi Verlingieri ($201.50) ($433.45) $1,951.45 8th Sally Hinckley $11.50 ($489.80) $2,007.80 9th Ray Garnett ($86.75) ($608.45) $2,126.45 10th Gordon Waterstone $6.30 ($853.20) $2,371.20 11th Dennis O'Hara $813.60 ($937.60) $2,455.60 12th Garnet Barnsdale ($650.00) ($1,288.00) $2,806.00 13th Ann Stepien ($263.00) ($1,328.10) $2,846.10 14th Rusty Nash ($639.20) ($1,642.40) $3,160.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($490.00) ($2,472.00) $3,990.00 This week, the handicapping Shoot-Out has one race on tab; Friday night at the Meadowlands is the second round of TVG FFA Trot.  Results and handicapper selections may be found on the contest websitehttp://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott, for HAHA

June 8, 2014 – The handicappers 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 were in love with Market Share this week.  As a result, except for two astute handicappers who allowed for the possibility of Market Share laying an egg, the roster of handicappers took it to the chin when the horse finished sixth in the inaugural Charlie Hill Memorial Aged Trot at Scioto Downs.. Of the fifteen handicappers, only Ray Garnett ($776.50) and Derick Giwner ($456.60) showed net profits for the week, leaving Brandon Valvo as the overall leader in the contest through the first eleven legs of the handicapping series.  As a result of their performances, Giwner moved from 5th place into 2nd while Garnett moved from 13th to 9th place overall. There were three key hits this week. Ray Garnett’s $5 Trifecta box of 4 horses, which cost him $120, returned a generous $1016.50.  It should be noted Garnett did not include Market Share in his wager.  As for Derick Giwner, he was spot on with regards to the race winner as his $100 win ticket on Modern Family returned $290 while his $2 trifecta partial wheel ($40) returned $406.60. As of June 7, 2014 - Leg 11 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo ($250.00) $1,733.50   2nd Derick Giwner $456.60 $723.80 $1,009.70 3rd Mark McKelvie ($220.00) $453.00 $1,280.50 4th Bob Zanakis ($250.00) $360.50 $1,373.00 5th Earl Paulson ($150.00) $240.50 $1,493.00 6th Brian McEvoy ($250.00) ($170.00) $1,903.50 7th Josi Verlingieri ($250.00) ($231.95) $1,965.45 8th Sally Hinckley ($190.00) ($501.30) $2,234.80 9th Ray Garnett $776.50 ($521.70) $2,255.20 10th Garnet Barnsdale ($240.00) ($638.00) $2,371.50 11th Gordon Waterstone ($230.00) ($859.50) $2,593.00 12th Rusty Nash ($198.00) ($1,003.20) $2,736.70 13th Ann Stepien ($250.00) ($1,065.10) $2,768.60 14th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($1,751.20) $3,484.70 15th Ray Cotolo ($221.00) ($1,982.00) $3,715.50 This week, the handicapping Shoot-Out is a double header with the contest beginning Friday night at Meadowlands Racing & Gaming with the TVG FFA Trot and the Meadowlands Maturity for 4yo pacers.  The week’s contest action concludes Saturday evening with a big night of stakes racing at Mohawk Racetrack starting with the Pepsi North America Cup.  In addition to the Cup, Mohawk’s undercard features the Roses Are Red, Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, and Armbro Flight stakes races.  With five stakes races, the handicappers’ bankroll expands to a maximum of $400 and a 13 wager limit.  by Allan Schott, for HANA

June 2, 2014 – Prior to this week, Brandon Valvo had a tenuous lead 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 as two handicappers were within $50 of him. What a difference a week makes.  Thanks to Valvo’s week-leading profit of $1,103.50 (overall lead of $1,983.50), he has a solid lead of $1,310.50 over his nearest competitor over this past week’s three-leg stretch of the contest; his most successful leg of the weekend being the Molson Pace at Western Fair District.  While Valvo may have been nervous with State Treasurer’s rocky start in the race, he was rewarded on a $100 win ticket paying $245, a $30 exacta key ticket good for $117.50, and a $120 trifecta ticket grossing $741.  While not as impressive Valvo also had winning days on Saturday’s Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk, and Sunday’s Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs.  Another performance of note was Mark McKelvie’s, whose $362.50 weekly net profit moved him from 5th place to 2nd, just $62.50 in front of Bob Zanakis.  Some other big hits from the handicappers this weekend were on the Molson Pace; Garnet Barnsdale’s $250 place bet on State Treasurer which paid $400; Ray Garnett’s $20 exacta box ($120 total) paid $235; Sally Hinckley’s $2 trifecta box ($48) paid $148.20; Mark Mckelvie’s $50 win and place ticket ($100) paid $202.50; Dennis O’Hara’s $30 exacta box ($60) paid $352.50; Anne Stepien’s $5 trifecta box ticket ($120) paid $370.50 and $1 superfecta box ($24) paid $251.70.  On Saturday, Mark McKelvie scored a $372 trifecta with a $20 partial wheel ticket ($160) on the 1st division of the Somebeachsomewhere and a $385 payoff on a $50 straight exacta on the Yonkers Trot.  Gordon Waterstone scored a $204 payoff with a $120 win ticket on the second division of the Somebeachsomewhere.  On Sunday’s Roll With Joe, Rusty Nash scored a $219 profit on a $15 partial trifecta wheel ($45).   Standings as of June 1, 2010 - Leg 10 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $1,103.50 $1,983.50   2nd Mark McKelvie $362.50 $673.00 $1,310.50 3rd Bob Zanakis ($222.25) $610.50 $1,373.00 4th Earl Paulson $45.50 $390.50 $1,593.00 5th Derick Giwner ($575.00) $267.20 $1,716.30 6th Brian McEvoy ($117.50) $80.00 $1,903.50 7th Josi Verlingieri ($249.75) $18.05 $1,965.45 8th Sally Hinckley ($219.40) ($311.30) $2,294.80 9th Garnet Barnsdale ($350.00) ($398.00) $2,381.50 10th Gordon Waterstone ($309.50) ($629.50) $2,613.00 11th Rusty Nash ($160.20) ($805.20) $2,788.70 12th Ann Stepien $61.10 ($815.10) $2,798.60 13th Ray Garnett ($261.00) ($1,298.20) $3,281.70 14th Dennis O'Hara ($78.90) ($1,511.20) $3,494.70 15th Ray Cotolo ($548.00) ($1,761.00) $3,744.50 This week, it is a Saturday night contest night with a return trip to Scioto Downs for the $200,000 (Est.) Charlie Hill for older trotters.  The following week features racing at the Meadowlands (Friday) and Mohawk Racetrack for North American Cup Night (Saturday) where the handicapper’s bankroll is increased from $250 to $400 (all days with 5 or more stakes races will trigger the higher bankroll). by Allan Schott, for HANA

May 26, 2014 – When Bob Zanakis scored a net profit of $521.60 on Saturday night’s TVG FFA Series at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, followers of the 2014 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 may have thought this weekend was going to be more of the same with the usual leaders performing the best. They would have been wrong. For on Sunday, Josi Verlingieri, who was lingering near the bottom for most of the contest thus far, made a statement of ‘Not so fast boys ’ by scoring a net profit of $1,164.50 on Sunday’s card at Harrah’s Philadelphia thanks to a $2 Superfecta Box of four horses in the Betsy Ross FFA Mares Pace which paid $1,496.40.which brought her contest-to-date net profit to $267.80, moving her from 14th to 6th place.  In a week where the cards were shuffled on the standings, Brandon Valvo returned to the top of the leader board with the second and third place handicappers being within $50 of the leader. Some of the big hits this weekend were by Sally Hinckley, $60 Show bet on Thinking Out Loud paying $120 in the TVG Series; Earl Paulson, $75 Place bet on Rocklamation in the Betsy Ross paying $240; Brandon Valvo, $250 Win on Sweet Lou in the TVG Series paying $425; Josi Verlingieri, $48 (total) in a Superfecta box tickets on the Betsy Ross paying $1,496.40; Bob Zanakis, $126 in Trifecta bets on the TVG Series race grossing $771.60. The shuffling of the standings show the contest standings as being: As of May 25, 2014 - Leg 7 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $175.00 $880.00   2nd Derick Giwner ($163.00) $842.20 $37.80 3rd Bob Zanakis $317.60 $832.75 $47.25 4th Earl Paulson $217.50 $345.00 $535.00 5th Mark McKelvie ($13.00) $310.50 $569.50 6th Josi Verlingieri $1,165.40 $267.80 $612.20 7th Brian McEvoy $30.00 $197.50 $682.50 8th Garnet Barnsdale ($500.00) ($48.00) $928.00 9th Sally Hinckley $49.50 ($91.90) $971.90 10th Gordon Waterstone ($350.00) ($320.00) $1,200.00 11th Rusty Nash ($250.00) ($645.00) $1,525.00 12th Ann Stepien ($250.20) ($876.20) $1,756.20 13th Ray Garnett ($440.00) ($1,037.20) $1,917.20 14th Ray Cotolo ($460.00) ($1,213.00) $2,093.00 15th Dennis O'Hara ($451.30) ($1,432.30) $2,312.30   This coming week, the contest stakes action picks up beginning with Friday night’s $150,000 Molson Invitational (The Raceway at Western Fair District), Saturday night’s $150,000 Somebeachwhere (Mohawk Raceway), $150,000 Lismore and $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (Yonkers Raceway), and Sunday afternoon’s $200,000 Roll With Joe (Tioga Downs). by Allan Schott, for HANA

May 18, 2014 – With the majority of the handicappers anticipating Market Share finishing in the money in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands, Market Share’s miscue allowed for some leap frogging  in leg six of HANA Harness’ 2014 Grand Circuit ‘Shoot-Out’ Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as DRF Harness’ editor Derick Giwner jumped from sixth place to the top of the standings as he had a net profit of $919.20 for the evening, resulting in an overall net profit of $1,005.20.  While Giwner’s results were impressive, Garnet Barnsdale had an even more impressive evening, as he zeroed in on the Laverne Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs.  As a result of his discipline, Barnsdale had a net profit of $1,045 for the night with an overall net profit of $452, moving from 12th place to 4th.  Last week’s leader Bob Zanakis was shut out and as a result, moved from 1st to 3rd. Specifically, Giwner managed to get to the top of the standings thanks to his $8 trifecta key with Sebastian K on top of five horses which netted him his $919.20 for the leg.  Barnsdale smoked them at Scioto by hitting a $40 trifecta with Camille on top of She’s Shocking with three horses in the show position for a profit of $916 as well as a $10 straight trifecta ticket with Igotafeelinfran in the show spot which netted $249.  Other wagers of note were Mark McKelvie’s $15 Exacta key in the Hill Memorial which netted him a $113.50 hit.  Earl Paulson doubled his money with a $75 win ticket on Camille in the Hill as did Brandon Valvo who wagered the full $250 on Sebastian K in the Cutler Memorial.  The standings after six legs of the contest are: As of May 17, 2014 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Derick Giwner $919.20 $1,005.20   6th 0 2nd Brandon Valvo $250.00 $705.00 $300.20 2nd 0 3rd Bob Zanakis ($250.00) $515.15 $490.05 1st 0 4th Garnet Barnsdale $1,045.00 $452.00 $553.20 12th 0 5th Mark McKelvie ($101.50) $323.50 $681.70 3rd 0 6th Brian McEvoy $45.00 $167.50 $837.70 5th 0 7th Earl Paulson $0.00 $127.50 $877.70 4th 0 8th Gordon Waterstone ($55.00) $30.00 $975.20 7th 0 9th Sally Hinckley ($220.00) ($141.40) $1,146.60 9th 0 10th Rusty Nash ($235.00) ($395.00) $1,400.20 10th 0 11th Ray Garnett ($196.50) ($597.20) $1,602.40 12th 0 12th Ann Stepien ($249.00) ($626.00) $1,631.20 11th 0 13th Ray Cotolo ($150.00) ($753.00) $1,758.20 13th 0 14th Josi Verlingieri ($155.00) ($897.60) $1,902.80 15th 0 15th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($981.00) $1,986.20 14th 0 Five grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day.     The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out continues Saturday evening, May 24, with another leg of the TVG FFA series. by Allan Schott, for HANA

May 11, 2014 - With six handicappers coming out on the positive side of the ledger in leg five of HANA Harness' 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs it is Sally Hinckley who takes top honors with a net profit of $192for the week. She was $32 ahead of 2012 champion Mark McKelvie who finished the week $160 to the positive. Despite the solid showing of these handicappers, Bob Zanakis remains the overall leader despite a loss of $62.20 for the week with an overall net profit of $765.15; $310.15 in front of second place Brandon Valvo. Hinckley was able to finish on top for the leg by earning a $134 profit on a $5 Trifecta box using Sweet Lou (part of the Burke entry) along with Bolt The Duer and Thinking Out Loud. Other big hits were earned by Mark McKelvie ($185 profit on a $25 Exacta Wheel of the Burke entry on top of the second and third place finishers), Earl Paulson ($60 profit on a $150 Place wager on the entry), and Josi Verlingieri ($60 profit on a $120 Win wager on the winning entry). The standings after five legs of the contest are: As of May 10, 2014 - Leg 5 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Bob Zanakis ($62.20) $765.15   1st 0 2nd Brandon Valvo ($240.00) $455.00 $310.15 2nd 0 3rd Mark McKelvie $160.00 $425.00 $340.15 4th 0 4th Earl Paulson $60.00 $127.50 $637.65 7th 0 5th Brian McEvoy $15.00 $122.50 $642.65 6th 0 6th Derick Giwner ($56.00) $86.00 $679.15 5th 0 7th Gordon Waterstone ($240.00) $85.00 $680.15 3rd 0 8th Sally Hinckley $192.00 $78.60 $686.55 8th 0 9th Rusty Nash $0.00 ($160.00) $925.15 9th 0 10th Ann Stepien $8.00 ($377.00) $1,142.15 12th 0 11th Ray Garnett ($150.00) ($400.70) $1,165.85 10th 0 12th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($593.00) $1,358.15 11th 0 13th Ray Cotolo ($62.00) ($603.00) $1,368.15 14th 0 14th Dennis O'Hara ($250.00) ($741.00) $1,506.15 13th 0 15th Josi Verlingieri $36.40 ($742.60) $1,507.75 15th 0 Five grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day. The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out continues Saturday evening, May 10, with the Laverne Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs and the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. by Allan Schott, for HANA

May 5, 2014 - While early on in the contest, Bob Zanakis led all the handicappers this week and easily rolled to the front in HANA Harness' 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Thanks to a net profit of $953.85 for the week and an overall profit of $827.35 for the first four legs of the contest, Zanakis' leads over Barndon Valvo as he drops back to second place with an overall profit of $695. Out of 15 handicappers, seven were in the black. Gordon Waterstone kicked off the weekend's activity with a $540 profit on the second division of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway with a $40 Exacta Wheel topped with 1-9 Cee Bee Yes and 35-1 long shot Pinking of You in the runner up spot. After that, it was the Bob Zanakis show. On Saturday, Zanakis earned $408 on the Dexter Cup by earning $275 with a $25 Exacta partial wheel and $162.15 on a $.50 Superfecta play. Sunday night, the debut of the Grand Circuit racing at Miami Valley Raceway once again found Zanakis in front with a $490.20 profit followed by Mark McKelvie ($390), Brandon Valvo ($375), and Garnet Barnsdale ($322). Barnsdale earned $442 on a $65 Trifecta partial wheel in the Miami Valley Distaff Trot while McKelvie earned a profit of $196 on the Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Pace and $194 on the Distaff trot. First week leader Valvo earned $375 by betting $250 to win on Shebestingin in the Skip Noble Memorial. The standings at the end of the fourth leg of the contest are: As of May 4, 2014 - Leg 4 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Bob Zanakis $953.85 $827.35   1st 0 2nd Brandon Valvo $330.00 $695.00 $132.35 2nd 0 3rd Gordon Waterstone $538.00 $325.00 $502.35 3rd 0 4th Mark McKelvie $244.00 $265.00 $562.35 9th 0 5th Derick Giwner $254.00 $142.00 $685.35 7th 0 6th Brian McEvoy $70.00 $107.50 $719.85 4th 0 7th Earl Paulson $217.50 $67.50 $759.85 8th 0 8th Sally Hinckley ($108.40) ($113.40) $940.75 6th 0 9th Rusty Nash ($503.00) ($160.00) $987.35 5th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($65.50) ($250.70) $1,078.05 10th 0 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($168.00) ($343.00) $1,170.35 14th 0 12th Ann Stepien ($413.00) ($385.00) $1,212.35 11th 0 13th Dennis O'Hara ($292.00) ($491.00) $1,318.35 13th 0 14th Ray Cotolo ($439.00) ($541.00) $1,368.35 12th 0 15th Josi Verlingieri ($529.00) ($779.00) $1,606.35 15th 0 Five grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day. The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out resumes on Saturday evening, May 10, at the Meadowlands for the 1st leg of the TVG/Meadowlands Early Closing series. by Allan Schott, for HANA        

April 27, 2014 -While five handicappers have sprinted out to the positive side of the ledger, it is Brandon Valvo who has sprinted out to an early lead in the HANA Harness 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Valvo has a net profit of $365 for week one, followed right behind by Rusty Nash who is in second place with a net profit of $343. Both Valvo and Nash found themselves hitting the proverbial gold mine by casting a large portion of their lot on the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final, with both hitting the 3-4 Exacta of Somewherovrarainbow and Yagonnakissmeorwhat; Valvo had a $50 Exacta Box worth $270 while Nash had a $100 Exacta worth $540. In addition to the exacta plays, Valvo had a $100 win ticket on Somewherovrarainbow which paid $345. Other key hits from other handicappers in the contest were Ray Cotolo's $40 win ticket on PH Supercam ($128); Sally Hinkley's $50 Place ticket on Apprentice Hanover ($220); Mark McKelvie's $50 Win, Place ticket on Somewherovrarainbow ($153); Anne Stepien's $40 Win, Place wager on the Matchmaker winner ($204). The standings after the first week are as follows: As of April 26, 2014 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Brandon Valvo $365.00 $365.00   N/A 0 2nd Rusty Nash $343.00 $343.00 $22.00 N/A 0 3rd Brian McEvoy $37.50 $37.50 $327.50 N/A 0 4th Mark McKelvie $21.00 $21.00 $344.00 N/A 0 5th Ann Stepien $8.00 $8.00 $357.00 N/A 0 6th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($30.00) $395.00 N/A 0 7th Ray Cotolo ($102.00) ($102.00) $467.00 N/A 0 8th Derick Giwner ($112.00) ($112.00) $477.00 N/A 0 9th Bob Zanakis ($126.50) ($126.50) $491.50 N/A 0 10th Earl Paulson ($150.00) ($150.00) $515.00 N/A 0 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($175.00) ($175.00) $540.00 N/A 0 12th Ray Garnett ($185.20) ($185.20) $550.20 N/A 0 13th Dennis O'Hara ($199.00) ($199.00) $564.00 N/A 0 14th Gordon Waterstone ($213.00) ($213.00) $578.00 N/A 0 15th Josi Verlingieri ($250.00) ($250.00) $615.00 N/A 0 Five grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day. After this week's event, the contest heads down to central New Jersey for the Lady Suffolk (Friday, May 2) and the Dexter Cup (Saturday, May 3) at Freehold Raceway before the Grand Circuit heads to Miami Valley Racing for the first time on Sunday, May 4 for the Miami Valley Distaffs for trotting and pacing fillies. You may follow the contest in detail by checking out our website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott, for HANA

The 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs begins today with the team of 15 handicappers taking on the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Series finals at Yonkers Raceway. The big question of course is can Foiled Again be defeated? While the vast majority expect Foiled Again to win his third Levy Series final, there is some support for #5, Apprentice Hanover driven by Jody Jamieson who has a morning line of 8-1. Unlike previous contests where handicappers had to play certain races for a set amount of money, this year's competition requires handicappers to play anywhere from $150-$250 on specified Grand Circuit events (and in some cases consolation races). With these rules, the handicappers can play which races they want much closer to their preferred handicapping methods, in effect, removing the shackles. As with the past, the top three handicappers at the end of the contest will win prize funds for their chosen standardbred rescues. To see who the handicappers like tonight and every contest day, check out the selections page on the website. by Allan Schott for HANA

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