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

December 1, 2015 - The marathon we lovingly call the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge has concluded with Sally Hinckley running away with the title, finishing 570 points ahead of her nearest competitor. We graciously thank the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs for being Gold Sponsors of this event. This year's Grand Circuit journey started on April 24th at The Meadows and concluded Monday November 30th at Dover Downs. It was fitting that Wiggle It Jiggleit won the finale in the same dominating way that Sally Hinckley dominated the HANA tour! Once they were out of the gate and settled down they both moved to the front and were never headed again. The HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge was no pushover of a race. The field consisted of many of the top handicappers and movers and shakers in the harness racing world. Sally's credentials are very strong as she is a well-known horsewoman from Maine. She is a member and the Secretary of the Maine Harness Racing Promotional Board. Many of you have seen her work without realizing it. Sally out started as Lady Lewiston in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Sally has also been the regular line maker at Scarborough Downs for quite some time. More importantly, for our cause, areArmbro Brando and Stelerbraration. Both of these retired gladiators make their forever home with Sally and her family. Thank you Sally! When contacted about her win Sally was very gracious and first wanted to thank contest coordinator Allan Schott and the whole group of top North American Handicappers who made the whole event so much fun. When asked about her strategy in the new format she talked about trying get a high win rate for the multiplier while also looking for a good longshot or two each week. Sally explained how it clicked for her. "While stuck in the middle of pack, my choice of Annedrovette at 36-1 propelled me to a top position. Then began a strategy of defense. Trying to minimize other players gain by having many of the same picks, but mostly I lived by the old adage that 'the race isn't always to the swiftest but that's the way to bet it.' I also got on some great bandwagons, for instance Divine Caroline. I was very glad to find the wire because any of the other players could have a huge night at any time!" Regarding our cause, Sally went on to say, "All the rescue groups are worthy and it is a special pleasure to bring the win home to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Their efforts help the abused and neglected horses who have been seized by the state to find safety and comfort at their facility. Many thanks to the generous sponsors, Allan Schott for his work and expertise in running this contest the past seven months and my fellow handicappers who are now my friends." For winning the handicapping challenge, Hinckley's selected rescue, the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, an organization dedicated to equine welfare, will receive $2,950 for use towards their Standardbred program thanks to all our sponsors the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Harness Racing Update, Isle of Capri at Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. In addition to this donation, $500 will be donated to Canadian rescues by our Canadian partners, Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park and Western Fair Raceway. A $200 donation was made by an anonymous sponsor. Second place finisher, Dennis O’Hara, will see his rescue, Standardbred Retirement Foundation receive a donation of $1,575.  Third place finisher Anne Stepien will see her rescue, Heading for Home  earn approximately $675 for her efforts. Standings as of November 30, 2015 - Leg 65 Final Standings Pos Handicapper Total Points Prior Week Points Earned This Week Overall Total Points Position Last Week Points Back 1st Sally Hinckley 5,048.60 12.70 5,061.30 1st             -   2nd Dennis O'Hara 4,481.00 10.10 4,491.10 2nd       570.20 3rd Anne Stepien 4,343.30 4.30 4,347.60 3rd       713.70 4th Gordon Waterstone 4,238.70 10.10 4,248.80 4th       812.50 5th Mark McKelvie 4,228.80 0.00 4,228.80 5th       832.50 6th Josi Verlingieri 4,107.50 4.30 4,111.80 6th       949.50 7th Rusty Nash 3,874.50 5.80 3,880.30 7th    1,181.00 8th Derick Giwner 3,770.00 10.10 3,780.10 9th    1,281.20 9th Bob Zanakis 3,753.10 0.00 3,753.10 8th    1,308.20 10th Earl Paulson 3,658.20 8.40 3,666.60 10th    1,394.70 11th Bryan Owen 3,553.20 0.00 3,553.20 11th    1,508.10 12th Mark Dezii 3,408.90 3.00 3,411.90 12th    1,649.40 13th Jay Hochstetler 3,390.40 0.00 3,390.40 13th    1,670.90 14th Ray Garnett 3,214.90 5.80 3,220.70 14th    1,840.60 15th Garnet Barnsdale 2,690.50 0.00 2,690.50 15th    2,370.80 16th Michael Carter 2,676.90 3.00 2,679.90 16th    2,381.40 17th Ray Cotolo 2,128.70 4.30 2,133.00 17th    2,928.30 18th Brandon Valvo 1,936.00 4.30 1,940.30 18th    3,121.00 19th Mark Deutsch 1,197.10 0.00 1,197.10 19th    3,864.20 HANA Harness thanks all of our generous sponsors who allow this handicapping contest to be an annual event since 2012.  Plans are already underway for next year’s competition.  Anyone connected with the Standardbred industry who may be interested in sponsorship of next year’s event may contactallan@hanaweb.org for information. by Rusty Nash for HANA Harness

October 26, 2015 - The results are in for The Breeders Crown Championships for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. With twelve championships races on the docket there were two handicappers that soared above the rest of the flock. We had three handicappers with 7 wins each. The big question was which 7 races would determine our winner? Ray Garnett took the honors by almost 100 HANA points bringing home a total of 620 for the night. His key was Color's A Virgin in the 10th who returned $15 to win and a total of 182 HANA points in that race. Second place went to Bryan Owen who bagged the biggest win price of the evening when Boston Red Rocks scored at $38 for a total of 330 HANA points. The top five was rounded out by Bob Zanakis at 457 points, then two of our regular top contenders Gordon Waterstone, 448 points and Ann Stepien at 446 points. One of the things four of our top five had in common was the selection of Wild Honey. When Mission Brief went off stride in the lane the bridge jumpers donated $125,000 to the show pool for anyone who took a contrarian position. Wild Honey returned $5.20 to win, $2.90 to place and $9.40 to show for 17.50 point times their multipliers. That was a very nice bonus for beating an odds-on favorite! None of our handicappers had Im So Fancy at $150 or Speak To Me at $84 to show in the contest. There were a lot of favorites winning on the evening keeping the overall points fairly low. Strategy came into play as many handicappers took a few shots at some big prices. Ray and Bryan were rewarded with top honors in correctly coming up with two of the surprise winners. Sally Hinckley retains her overall lead by 266 points over Mark McKelvie.  With another good night at the office Anne Stepien moves into third place in front of Dennis O’Hara.  Gordon Waterstone retains fifth place and increased his lead over the sixth spot by several hundred points.  Overall there was a tightening in the standings as most of the field picked up points on the leaders. Standings as of October 24, 2015 - Leg 54 Pos Handicapper Total Points Prior Week Points Earned This Week Overall Total Points Position Last Week Points Back 1st Sally Hinckley 4,162.20 212.40 4,374.60 1st             -   2nd Mark McKelvie 3,950.60 157.90 4,108.50 2nd       266.10 3rd Anne Stepien 3,561.80 446.80 4,008.60 4th       366.00 4th Dennis O'Hara 3,682.70 285.10 3,967.80 3rd       406.80 5th Gordon Waterstone 3,425.00 448.40 3,873.40 5th       501.20 6th Rusty Nash 3,322.90 195.80 3,518.70 6th       855.90 7th Bob Zanakis 3,005.80 460.80 3,466.60 8th       910.90 8th Bryan Owen 2,757.60 521.70 3,279.30 11th    1,095.30 9th Josi Verlingieri 2,967.90 303.50 3,271.40 10th    1,103.20 10th Earl Paulson 3,165.10 80.00 3,245.10 7th    1,129.50 11th Derick Giwner 2,980.30 99.50 3,079.80 9th    1,294.80 12th Ray Garnett 2,288.70 620.50 2,909.20 14th    1,465.40 13th Jay Hochstetler 2,560.10 203.40 2,763.50 12th    1,611.10 14th Michael Carter 2,337.40 339.50 2,676.90 13th    1,697.70 15th Garnet Barnsdale 2,174.80 383.10 2,557.90 16th    1,816.70 16th Mark Dezii 2,245.00 217.50 2,462.50 15th    1,912.10 17th Ray Cotolo 1,875.80 102.00 1,977.80 17th    2,396.80 18th Brandon Valvo 1,390.30 393.50 1,783.80 18th    2,590.80 19th Mark Deutsch 1,143.90 30.50 1,174.40 19th    3,200.20 Next week has nine events scheduled at Hoosier and two at contest sponsor Vernon Downs.  The Friday night Hoosier card presents one more opportunity some big movement in the standings. by Rusty Nash for HANA Harness  

October 20, 2015 – The eliminations are now history and the harness racing fields are known for next week’s Breeders Crown festivities for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  We celebrated the upcoming big day with two evenings of eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack.  On Friday evening we had seven races to decipher.  There were three handicappers who went an impressive five for seven.  The winner of the evening, with the best set of five, was Jay Hochstetler with 227 HANA points.  The key difference was that his five included Haughy who paid several dollars more across the board than Yankee Moonshine.  Dennis O’Hara and your truly, Rusty Nash, had the same set of five winner and Dennis won the tiebreaker 188 to 187 with his other place and show prices. Saturday saw six eliminations for everyone to puzzle through and only one handicapper was able to pick four of six.  Five players were able to select three of six.  The repeat winner for Saturday was Jay Hochstetler with 185 points.  Derick Giwner was the best of the three for six group as he landed Foiled Again at a very healthy 8-1!  Mark McKelvie, Rusty Nash, Michael Carter and Dennis O’Hara round out the “three” group. By sweeping the double header, Jay Hochstetler was the clear winner of the week with 412 points.  Jay was able to move more than 300 points closer to the leader.  With two in the money finishes, yours truly was able to hang onto second for the week with 291 points.  Dennis O’Hara continues his surge and has now creeped to within 500 points of our leader.  Honorable mention goes to Derick Giwner in fourth and Early Paulson completing the week penta. With the number of short prices that won during the eliminations there was not a lot of movement in terms of positions.  The top five handicappers continue to be Sally Hinckley, Mark McKelvie, Dennis O’Hara, Anne Stepien, and Gordon Waterstone. What we did see was a tightening of scores among the top ten in the group.  With the biggest evening of the year on tap next week we are sure to see a lot of movement as we enter the final stretch of the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest.   Standings as of October 17, 2015 - Leg 53 Pos Handicapper Total Points Prior Week Points Earned This Week Overall Total Points Position Last Week Points Back 1st Sally Hinckley 4,063.20 99.00 4,162.20 1st   2nd Mark McKelvie 3,844.70 105.90 3,950.60 2nd 211.60 3rd Dennis O'Hara 3,418.20 264.50 3,682.70 3rd 479.50 4th Anne Stepien 3,494.80 67.00 3,561.80 4th 600.40 5th Gordon Waterstone 3,298.90 126.10 3,425.00 5th 737.20 6th Rusty Nash 3,031.80 291.10 3,322.90 6th 839.30 7th Earl Paulson 2,987.60 177.50 3,165.10 7th 997.10 8th Bob Zanakis 2,865.20 140.60 3,005.80 8th 1,156.40 9th Derick Giwner 2,759.10 221.20 2,980.30 10th 1,181.90 10th Josi Verlingieri 2,816.50 151.40 2,967.90 9th 1,194.30 11th Bryan Owen 2,715.00 42.60 2,757.60 11th 1,404.60 12th Jay Hochstetler 2,147.90 412.20 2,560.10 12th 1,602.10 13th Michael Carter 2,223.10 114.30 2,337.40 14th 1,824.80 14th Ray Garnett 2,224.80 63.90 2,288.70 13th 1,873.50 15th Mark Dezii 2,106.40 138.60 2,245.00 15th 1,917.20 16th Garnet Barnsdale 2,138.10 36.70 2,174.80 14th 1,987.40 17th Ray Cotolo 1,832.60 43.20 1,875.80 17th 2,286.40 18th Brandon Valvo 1,390.30 0.00 1,390.30 18th 2,771.90 19th Mark Deutsch 1,079.60 64.30 1,143.90 19th 3,018.30 Be sure to check back next Saturday, October 24th, for the entire teams’ selections for the Breeders Crown finals from Woodbine Racetrack in beautiful Rexdale, Ontario, Canada. by Rusty Nash for HANA Harness  

October 5, 2015 – The first of two annual stakes weeks at The Red Mile are now in the books for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, Hambletonian Society, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  Week one consisted of twenty one total divisions of the Bluegrass!  Add in two features from Dayton and we had a very busy week for the HANA handicappers. Day one was Wednesday night and it was a short night of work with only two races on the card.  Three of our handicappers were a perfect two for two.  Sally Hinckley, Bob Zanakis and Derick Giwner correctly selected Broadway Donna and Celebrity Eventsy and maxed out with a nightly total of 32 HANA points. The following evening had four heats on tap.  No one was perfect as Taco Tuesday upset everyone in the fifth race.  Rusty Nash was able to select the other three winners.  Milligan’s School won at $4.40, Lagerfield won at $4.60 and finally Dupree upset Bar Hopping at $9.40 for a total of 108 HANA points.  Toss in a second place finish to Taco Tuesday with Hollywood Highway and Rusty ended the evening with 112 HANA points and the temporary lead in the weekly battle.  In second was Jay Hochstetler who selected Milligan’s School and Dupree to earn 57 HANA points.  In third was Bob Zanakis who selected Lagerfield and Dupree for 51 HANA points.  Friday night was very busy with six Bluegrass divisions at The Red Mile and the Trotting and Pacing Derby’s from Dayton.  Earning the top honors on the evening was the only handicapper who was able to select five winners.  That was Dennis O’Hara with 293 HANA points after his multiplier was calculated.  The prices were Racing Hill at $10 and American Passport at $9.  Garnet Barnsdale awoke from his recent slumber to land the place spot with 208 HAHA points.  He did this with just three winners, but most importantly, he was the only handicapper to land Il Songo Dream at Dayton for a huge $31!  Garnet’s closest American competitor, the voice of Buffalo Raceway, Michael Carter, took home the show honors for the evening with 185 HANA points.  His was the more conventional path with four winners.  Earning honorable mentions, all with four winners, were three of our perennial top players, Sally Hinckley, Anne Stepien and Gordon Waterstone. The final night of week one of the The Red Mile’s annual two week Grand Circuit celebration was Saturday evening with nine HANA events.  With seven favorites winning it proved to be a very tight night of work right down to the very last race.  Four handicappers stood out on the evening by selecting six winners.  There was a tie for first place between Sally Hinckley and the surging Dennis O’Hara with 302 points.  The tandem submitted the exact same set of selections with six winners and two places.  In third was your humble scribe with six winners, two seconds and a third for 297 HANA points.  The difference was Divine Caroline paid a few dimes more across the board than Split The House.  Not to be outdone was Mark McKelvie with 293 points. The differential here was found in the place and show prices. For the week, Dennis O’Hara continued his brush toward the top with 628 points on the week.  He was followed by (you know who!) Sally Hinckley with 542 points.  Rusty Nash was third with 464 points.  He was followed by Mark McKelvie and Gordon Waterstone with 446 and 400 points respectively. With the first week of The Red Mile Grand Circuit tour in the books the top three handicappers continue to be Sally Hinckley, Mark McKelvie and Anne Stepien.  Dennis O’Hara steps up into the 4th position and Gordon Waterstone returns to the top five earning the final purse check.  Sally was able to extend her lead over everyone in the field with the exception of Dennis.  Well done! Standings as of October 3, 2015 - Leg 47       Total Points Points Earned Overall Position   Pos Handicapper Prior Week This Week Total Points Last Week Points Back 1st Sally Hinckley 3,158.40 542.00 3,700.40 1st   2nd Mark McKelvie 2,927.60 446.40 3,374.00 2nd 326.4 3rd Anne Stepien 2,785.20 300.60 3,085.80 3rd 614.6 4th Dennis O'Hara 2,264.20 628.70 2,892.90 7th 807.5 5th Gordon Waterstone 2,393.00 400.40 2,793.40 6th 907.0 6th Bob Zanakis 2,468.90 283.50 2,752.40 4th 948.0 7th Earl Paulson 2,413.50 334.10 2,747.60 5th 952.8 8th Rusty Nash 2,065.10 464.00 2,529.10 10th 1,171.3 9th Bryan Owen 2,083.40 330.00 2,413.40 9th 1,287.0 10th Josi Verlingieri 2,090.10 152.60 2,242.70 8th 1,457.7 11th Michael Carter 1,896.60 326.50 2,223.10 11th 1,477.3 12th Derick Giwner 1,823.10 275.60 2,098.70 12th 1,601.7 13th Ray Garnett 1,778.50 203.10 1,981.60 13th 1,718.8 14th Garnet Barnsdale 1,709.10 263.60 1,972.70 15th 1,727.7 15th Jay Hochstetler 1,604.70 320.20 1,924.90 16th 1,775.5 16th Mark Dezii 1,774.80 113.40 1,888.20 14th 1,812.2 17th Ray Cotolo 1,342.20 164.40 1,506.60 17th 2,193.8 18th Brandon Valvo 1,299.20 80.20 1,379.40 18th 2,321.0 19th Mark Deutsch 910.70 113.10 1,023.80 19th 2,676.6 Next week we again return to The Red Mile for the completion of their Grand Circuit celebration.  We will have divisions of the International Stallion, the Tattersalls, the Glen Garnsey Memorial.  Then finals of the Kentucky Futurity, the Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the Allerage Farm TVG early closers for three year olds of both sexes and gaits.  To those four full days of racing we will also be visiting Yonkers Raceway where the International Trot has been resurrected after a very long hiatus. by Rusty Nash for HANA Harness  

July 19, 2015 – It was a matter of time until someone in the back of the pack made a move in the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, so perhaps it was apropos such a move by two handicappers would occur on Meadowlands Pace night when eight contest races in addition to the Sheppard at Yonkers Raceway were contested.  Thanks to four winners, Sally Hinckley leapfrogged from fourteenth to second place with 533.8 points for the week while Mark McKelvie moved from sixteen to fourth place thanks to his 316 points.  Overall leader Bob Zanakis scored 190.6 points this week for a grand total of 1,018.9 but the race has tightened as his lead is down to 31.1 points. Hinckley and Zanakis both had four winners on the card but Hinckley greatly benefited from longshot Anndrovette whose victory in the Golden Girls FFA for mares earned Hinckley 432 of her 533.80 points.  Hinckley’s other winners were favorites Pinkman, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and JL Cruze.  Zanakis’ big winner of his quartet was Moonlight Dance who earned him 108.8 of his total 190.6 points in the Mistletoe Shalee for three year old filly pacers with his remaining winners being the same trio as Hinckley’s.  Six handicappers had three winners on the card but while Mark McKelvie had only two winners, he made the best of it thanks to Spirit To Win being victorious in the Delvin Miller Memorial for three year old trotters which earned him 281.2 of his 316 points for the week (his other winner was the result of a scratch which gave him the post time favorite). Standings as of July 18, 2015 - Leg 20     Total Points Points Earned Overall Position Pos Handicapper Prior Week This Week Total Points Last Week 1st Bob Zanakis 828.30 190.60 1,018.90 1st 2nd Sally Hinckley 454.00 533.80 987.80 14th 3rd Michael Carter 701.80 40.60 742.40 2nd 4th Mark McKelvie 371.90 316.00 687.90 16h 5th Ray Garnett 657.90 18.20 676.10 3rd 6th Ann Stepien 555.20 74.10 629.30 6th 7th Garnet Barnsdale 566.00 47.50 613.50 5th 8th Gordon Waterstone 567.30 37.20 604.50 4th 9th Derick Giwner 517.70 77.70 595.40 9th 10th Josi Verlingieri 523.60 71.10 594.70 8th 11th Earl Paulson 499.10 60.80 559.90 11th 12th Brandon Valvo 529.00 23.20 552.20 7th 13th Mark Dezii 457.90 73.70 531.60 13th 14th Bryan Owen 508.80 19.10 527.90 10th 15th Jay Hochstetler 476.90 43.80 520.70 12th 16th Rusty Nash 428.10 87.50 515.60 15th 17th Dennis O'Hara 364.60 87.70 452.30 17th 18th Ray Cotolo 294.10 28.00 322.10 18th 19th Mark Deutsch 183.10 10.50 193.60 19th This week, Saratoga Raceway is Saturday’s contest track with the $260,000 guaranteed Joe Gerrity Memorial while Sunday features the Zweig Memorial Trot and Zweig Filly Trot as well as their corresponding consolation races at Vernon Downs.  Handicapper selections, results and standing are available at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.  Allan Schott

July 5, 2015 - Legs 16-18 are in the book for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, and it finds Bob Zanakis remaining on top for the second week with a total of 797.1 points, 105.4 points ahead of his nearest competitor. However, the handicapper of note this week was Garnet Barnsdale who leaped from tenth to fifth over three of contest dates, earning 168.1 points for the two week period. Last week's (June 26) leg of the TVG Trotting Series at the Meadowlands was a challenge to the roster of handicappers as only one handicapper was able to correctly select the winner, Obrigado. Perhaps it was fitting Maine resident Sally Hinckley was the sole handicapper to pick the Maine trotting sensation who has gone on to the big leagues. Hinckley's loyalty was rewarded, earning 18 points in the single event evening. Friday (July 3) featured a trio of events, the inaugural Cleveland Trotting Classic, the Graduate Pacing Final, and the Ms. Versatility. A dead heat between Mark McKelvie and Bryan Owen was the result of each handicapper correctly selecting Daylon Magician to win the Northfield event and Doo Wop Hanover in the Graduate Final with their handicapping efforts arning them a score of 75.1 for the evening, contributing to McKevlie's 133.8 and Owen's 102.9 weekly total. Saturday (July 4) featured a combination of eight stakes and consolation races on Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs' Sun Stakes card and it turns out the magic number was three, the most winners any of the handicappers had selected which seven contestants can lay claim to. One of the septet, Bob Zanakis, scored 167.4 of his 186.2 points for the week, while Barnsdale earned 152.3 of his 165.3 weekly total with only two winners. Zanakis correctly selected Badiou Hanover (Max Hempt Memorial consolation), Habitat (Earl Beal Jr. Memorial consolation) , and Wiggle It Jiggleit (Max Hempt Memorial final) while Barnsdale correctly selected longshot Bettor Be Steppin (James M Lynch Memorial) in addition to Pinkman (Earl Beal Jr. Memorial). Other handicappers who broke the century mark for the weekend were Michael Carter (107.2), Gordon Waterstone (101.9), Josi Verlingieri (110.6), Bryan Owen (102.9), Rusty Nash (101), and Mark McKelvie (133.8). Standings as of July 4, 2015 - Leg 18     Total Points Points Earned Overall Position Pos Handicapper Prior Week This Week Total Points Last Week 1st Bob Zanakis 610.90 186.20 797.10 1st 2nd Michael Carter 584.50 107.20 691.70 3rd 3rd Ray Garnett 597.20 26.20 623.40 2nd 4th Gordon Waterstone 463.00 101.90 564.90 5th 5th Garnet Barnsdale 386.40 165.30 551.70 10th 6th Ann Stepien 449.20 74.80 524.00 6th 7th Josi Verlingieri 410.80 110.60 521.40 8th 8th Brandon Valvo 487.90 33.40 521.30 4th 9th Derick Giwner 437.60 70.00 507.60 7th 10th Jay Hochstetler 396.70 72.50 469.20 9th 11th Earl Paulson 366.00 99.70 465.70 11th 12th Bryan Owen 362.40 102.90 465.30 12th 13th Mark Dezii 363.70 81.90 445.60 13th 14th Sally Hinckley 355.90 88.00 443.90 14th 15th Rusty Nash 319.20 101.00 420.20 15th 16th Mark McKelvie 230.20 133.80 364.00 17th 17th Dennis O'Hara 315.20 41.50 356.70 16th 18th Ray Cotolo 160.60 83.70 244.30 19th 19th Mark Deutsch 167.20 15.90 183.10 18th This week, Saturday night features three events at the Meadowlands; the $250,000 Graduate Final for trotters, the $65,000 (est.) Reynolds for three year old colt and gelding trotters and the $60,000 (est.) Reynolds for three year old filly trotters.   For further information on the contest, you are invited to visit the contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.  Allan Schott Harness Racing Coordinator Follow the HANA Harness Handicapping Contest

June 21, 2015 – After the three latest legs of the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, another harness racing handicapper stakes his claim to the top slot as Bob Zanakis trades places with Ray Garnett, taking the lead with 610.9 points to Garnett’s 588.2. Leg 14 was pretty uneventful as the only race in the contest was the Battle of Lake Erie with two handicappers maximizing the opportunity provided by the veteran Foiled Again winning resulting in Earl Paulson and Gordon Waterstone earning 24.2 points for the leg. In leg 15, Mark McKelvie earned top honors, earning 51 points, the result of selecting JL Cruz and Doo Wop Hanover to win their respective legs of the Graduate series for four year olds.  Several others correctly selected the winner of one leg of the Graduate. Leg 16 contained the stakes races of North America Cup Night and with a number of favorites going down to defeat, those who relied on the favorites to come through were disappointed.  On the other hand, Sally Hinckley (75.8 points for the night) took advantage of the implosion of the top two favorites in the Goodtimes Trot, earning 54.5 points with her selection of The Bank who finished second in the race.  Due to the failure of many of the favorites, the best some handicappers could accomplish was selecting two winners out of the six races, with Bob Zanakis, Garnet Barnsdale, and Dennis O’Hara earning between 66 - 64.8 points Standings as of June 20, 2015 - Leg 15     Total Points Points Earned Overall Position Pos Handicapper Prior Week This Week Total Points Last Week 1st Bob Zanakis 528.40 82.50 610.90 2nd 2nd Ray Garnett 539.70 48.50 588.20 1st 3rd Michael Carter 509.70 74.80 584.50 3rd 4th Brandon Valvo 453.80 34.10 487.90 4th 5th Gordon Waterstone 434.80 28.20 463.00 5th 6th Ann Stepien 409.10 37.30 446.40 6th 7th Derick Giwner 383.00 51.80 434.80 7th 8th Josi Verlingieri 365.80 36.00 401.80 9th 9th Jay Hochstetler 374.50 22.20 396.70 8th 10th Garnet Barnsdale 302.30 81.30 383.60 13th 11th Earl Paulson 321.00 45.00 366.00 12th 12th Bryan Owen 333.30 29.10 362.40 10th 13th Mark Dezii 329.80 24.90 354.70 11th 14th Sally Hinckley 242.70 95.20 337.90 15th 15th Dennis O'Hara 237.30 75.10 312.40 16th 16th Rusty Nash 257.20 53.00 310.20 14th 17th Mark McKelvie 170.20 51.00 221.20 17th 18th Ray Cotolo 152.80 7.80 160.60 18th 19th Mark Deutsch 152.10 6.10 158.20 19th   This week, only one event is on the contest calendar with the Meadowlands hosting trotters for a leg of the TVG series on Friday evening.  The Fourth of July weekend features seven races giving handicappers a chance of improving their position in the standings.   For further information on the contest, you are invited to visit the contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.  Allan Schott Harness Racing Coordinator Follow the HANA Harness Handicapping Contest  

(April 20, 2015) - The sponsors have stepped up and the handicappers selected for the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. With the handicappers chomping on the bit, the contest finally gets underway with The Meadows Maturity on Friday afternoon, April 24, 2015, followed the next evening with racing action at Yonkers Raceway where the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial series finals will be contested. This year the sponsors have allowed the handicapping challenge to secure a record $5,250 in prize funds to be divided between the standardbred rescues of the top three handicappers at the conclusion of the contest. In addition to the presenting sponsors, additional sponsors are Green Acquisition Corporation, Harness Racing Update, Isle of Capri Pompano Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, and Scioto Downs Racino. HANA thanks all the sponsors for stepping up to support the contest and standardbred rescue. Handicapper selections will be available on the contest website the morning of each day's events. Race fans and horseplayers may find those selections and additional contest information at the contest website http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com . In addition, fans may follow the contest on social media by searching for the hash tag #hanagc2015. Allan Schott

(April 12, 2015) - HANA Harness welcomes the Bellino Stable as a Gold Sponsor and The Raceway at Western Fair District as a Silver sponsor in the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Bellino Stable, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Harness Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. With less than two weeks prior to the commencement of the contest on April 24, it is Last Call for becoming a sponsor. While naming rights for the handicapping contest have been sold out, affordable sponsorship opportunities remain, starting with our Bronze Level ($100), Silver Level ($250) and topping out at $500 for the Gold Level. If you are a racetrack, horsemen association, racing stable, or a vendor who does business in the harness racing industry, sponsorship is a perfect way to get your name out within the industry as supporters of standardbred rescue. The deadline for becoming a sponsor is Friday, April 17. To become a sponsor or for further information, you may contact allan@hanaweb.org. For further information on the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, visit the contest website here.       Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator Check out our contest site for the 2015 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge. Check out HANA Harness' Blog.      

(March 13, 2015) - The field has been set, the races picked, and the rescues selected for the 2015 HANA Harness Racing Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, all sponsors who have renewed their support for standardbred rescue with their sponsorship (additional sponsors are anticipated). As for handicappers, one old friend and two new faces join the returning roster of handicappers. Richard Scott returns to the contest after a one year hiatus. Scott was the winner of the 2013 handicapping contest and looks to attempt to reclaim his title. Scott is a former trainer who worked for the Bessinger, Silverman, and David Elliot stables in his career. Making their debut to the contest this year are Michael Carter, the current track announcer at Buffalo Raceway, and Mark Dezii, a racing fan who is a musician who hails from Philadelphia, PA. The complete roster, last year's placing, and selected rescues for the 2015 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is: Garnet Barnsdale - Harness Racing Writer, WEG Handicapper for DRF Harness; (1st); TROTR; Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation) Michael Carter - Track Announcer at Buffalo Raceway; (Did Not Compete); Central Virginia Horse Rescue Ray Cotolo - Internet Harness Racing Analyst and Writer; (15th); Sunshine Horse Rescue. Mark Dezii - Race Fan and Musician; (DNC); Horse Lovers United Ray Garnett -Handicapper; (14th); Rockin T Equine Rescue Derick Giwner - Editor, DRF Harness; (8th); New Vocations Sally Hinckley - On-air Handicapping Personality; (12th); Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Brian McEvoy - Works for Harnesslink, (3rd); Helping Hearts Equine Rescue Mark McKelvie - Communications Coordinator for WEG; (2nd); Horse Rescue United Rusty Nash - Trackmaster Handicapper; (9th); Rainhill Sanctuary. Bryan Owen - Former Owner and Handicapper;(DNC); Standardbred Retirement Foundation Dennis O'Hara - Handicapper, Former Asst Race Secretary; (11th); Standardbred Retirement Foundation Earl Paulson - Handicapper, Yahoo Harness Racing Forum Director; (5th); Racer Placers Richard Scott - Handicapper/Former Trainer, (DNC; 1st in 2013); Rainhill Sanctuary. Anne Stepien - Handicapper, Former Trainer; (13th); Heading for Home Brandon Valvo - Handicapper, Writer for Harness Racing America; (6th); Horse Lovers United Josi Verlingieri - Handicapper; (7th); Heart of Phoenix Gordon Waterstone - Associate Editor, Horseman and Fair World; (10th); Changing Fates Equine Rescue A new scoring system has been implemented for this year's contest with handicappers focusing on the horse who will win the race, bringing a mix of quantity and value to the handicappers' plans this year. For those who wish details on how the scoring will be done, the rules page explains. The competition begins on April 24 with the inaugural Meadows Futurity Trot and concludes on November 29 with the Progress Stake at Dover Downs. Handicappers and fans may follow the contest by visiting the contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. HANA Harness is the Harness Racing division of Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA), a group which since 2008 represents over 3,000 horseplayers in dealings with the racing industry. Since HANA Harness began sponsoring handicapping contests, over $10,000 has been donated to standardbred recues. All horseplayers, regardless of breed are invited to join HANA for free. For further information regarding HANA, please visit the HANA website at http://horseplayersassociation.org/. For further information on joining the current sponsors by becoming a sponsor at the Gold, Silver, or Bronze level, click here.. Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org Check out our contest site for the 2015 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge. Check out HANA Harness' Blog.

The handicappers are already getting ready for the 2015 Edition of HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, prepared to spend stakes season doing battle for the benefit of the standardbred rescue of their choice. A new format for scoring this year will be used, making the handicapper's selections more meaningful for harness racing fans following the contest. Already, the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs have renewed their sponsorship for this year's event so the prize fund starts at $2,500. Other sponsors are expected to re-enlist and hopefully new sponsors will join up this year. Who would be a good candidate to become a sponsor? Racetracks, horsemen associations, businesses connected to the standardbred industry, breeders, and individuals are encouraged to consider becoming sponsors. It doesn't matter if you are American or Canadian, your sponsorship dollars remain in your country. With three levels of sponsorship, there is a sponsorship level affordable for all. For information regarding sponsorship, please e-mail allan@hanaweb.org. Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator  

After twenty programs of harness racing in New Brunswick, the winner has been announced in Horse Racing New Brunswick's handicapping challenge.   Adam Saunders walked away the overall winner with a total of $344.00 over the twenty cards of racing conducted at both Exhibition Park and Fredericton Raceway.   Sponsored by Horse Player Interactive, Horse Racing New Brunswick and the Ontario Sires Stakes ( Woodbine Entertainment), Saunders wins $ 1000.00 in cash plus an Ontario Sires Stakes super final jacket.   Saunders decided to take the cash prize in lieu of the trip that was the grand prize thanks to our sponsors.   Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to thank Klaus Ebner of Woodbine Entertainment and Lisa Hocking - Ontario Horse Racing for their contributions and support of this joint effort.   Below are the final tallies for competitors over the twenty-weeks of handicapping. H.R.N.B sends out a big thank-you to all of the competitors who took part.   Adam Saunders 344.00 Kayden Buchanan 319.00 Rose Doyle 306.70 Brad MacPherson 244.80 Jenn Ritchie 183.20 Bruce Smith 114.85 Dale Spence Sr 111.20 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

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      

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