Day At The Track

Giwner claws out weekly win in HANA Shoot-Out

01:56 AM 07 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Derick Giwner was the leader this week in HANA Shoot-Out

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                                                     

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