Day At The Track

Waterstone takes week, closes gap

09:45 AM 11 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge
Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(November 10, 2017) - In an abbreviated contest week, Gordon Waterstone won the seventy-sixth leg of the harness racing Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge allowing him to close the gap on contest leader Rusty Nash by forty points with three legs remaining.

While Jay Hochstetler had three winners for the week, he had to settle for second place for the week as Waterstone's two winners included Springsteen ($15.20) in the Matron Stakes for 2yo colt and gelding pacers allowing him to earn a net profit of $16.20 for the day. Hochstetler's three winners were chalk as he netted a profit of $2.40. Finishing third for the week was Megan Maccario whose lone winner resulted in a net loss of $2.40.

With three contest dates remaining, Nash holds on to first place for the fifth week in a row with a total of 1,453.20 points, 23.70 points ahead of Waterstone (1,429.50 pts.). On the periphery but not out of it is Anne Stepien (1,342.82 pts.) and Megan Maccario (1,327.90 pts.), both within 125 points of the contest leader.

 

Standings thru Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Leg #76

 

 

 

Pos

 

Handicapper

 

Total Points Earned

 

Legs Won

 

Points Back

 

Last Week

 

Streak

 

1st

 

Rusty Nash

 

1,453.20

 

7

 

 

 

1st

 

5

 

2nd

 

Gordon Waterstone

 

1,429.50

 

11

 

23.70

 

2nd

 

 

 

3rd

 

Anne Stepien

 

1,342.82

 

9

 

110.38

 

3rd

 

 

 

4th

 

Megan Maccario

 

1,327.90

 

9

 

125.30

 

5th

 

 

 

5th

 

Sally Hinckley

 

1,320.48

 

9

 

132.72

 

4th

 

 

 

6th

 

Dennis O’Hara

 

1,302.85

 

10

 

150.35

 

6th

 

 

 

7th

 

Matt Rose

 

1,285.88

 

10

 

167.32

 

7th

 

 

 

8th

 

Steve Horoky

 

1,251.83

 

5

 

201.37

 

8th

 

 

 

9th

 

Russ Adams

 

1,218.54

 

8

 

234.66

 

9th

 

 

 

10th

 

Ray Garnett

 

1,088.61

 

6

 

364.59

 

10th

 

 

 

11th

 

Bryan Owen

 

1,045.90

 

9

 

407.30

 

11th

 

 

 

12th

 

Jay Hochstetler

 

964.50

 

4

 

488.70

 

12th

 

 

 

13th

 

Michael Carter

 

885.03

 

3

 

568.17

 

13th

 

 

 

14th

 

Ray Cotolo

 

834.33

 

5

 

618.87

 

14th

 

 

 

15th

 

Terry Wilson

 

811.47

 

5

 

641.73

 

15th

 

 

 

16th

 

Rich Mattei

 

644.30

 

2

 

808.90

 

16th

 

 

 
 

Next Up: This week sophomore trotters and pacers of both sexes head to Dover Downs for the Matron stakes on November 16. 

November 25 is the final Saturday night of the handicapping challenge with the Final Four and TVG series finals being contested at the Meadowlands.  On November 30, the contest concludes with the Progress Stakes at Dover Downs.  

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

Allan Schott

HANA Harness Racing Coordinator

Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

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