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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

March 23, 2014 - HANA Harness is pleased to announce the initial Gold Sponsors of this year's handicapping contest along with the handicappers and rescues they are representing in this year's event. This year's Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest is being sponsored by prior year sponsors, The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. New this year to the Gold Level Sponsorship level is DRF Harness and Northfield Park. Thanks to the sponsors which have already committed, at least $3,000 will be distributed to Standardbred rescues as a result of this year's contest. Additional sponsorships, primarily at the Silver and Bronze levels. are still available. Whether a racetrack, horsemen's group, or a provider of services related to harness racing, HANA Harness welcomes your sponsorship of this contest. 100% of all funds are directed to approved standardbred rescues. For further information regarding sponsorship opportunities, you may send an email to allan@hanaweb.org. In addition to the initial gold level sponsors, the contestants for the 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs have been named. This year we have a mix of handicappers of all age groups, from teens and up; some returning and first time contestants. Along with the names of the handicappers is their primary relationship to racing, how they finished in their last HANA Harness Contest (if competed before), and the standardbred equine rescue they are playing for in this year's contest. For complete biographies of the handicappers, you may visit the contest website for additional information. Garnet Barnsdale - Harness Racing Writer; Finished 6th in 2013, Rescue: TROTR; Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation) Ray Cotolo - Internet Harness Racing Analyst and Writer; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Ray Garnett -Handicapper; Finished 10th in 2013, Rescue: Rockin T Equine Rescue Derick Giwner - Editor, DRF Harness; Did Not Compete, Rescue: New Vocations Sally Hinckley - On-air Handicapping Personality; Finished 9th in 2013, Rescue: Sunshine Horse Rescue. Mark McKelvie - Handicapper; Finished 8th in 2013, Rescue: Rainhill Sanctuary. Rusty Nash - Trackmaster Handicapper; Finished 2nd in 2013, Rescue: Central Virginia Horse Rescue Dennis O'Hara - Handicapper, Former Asst Race Secretary; Finished 5th in 2013, Rescue: Standardbred Retirement Foundation Earl Paulson - Handicapper, Yahoo Harness Racing Forum Director; Finished 3rd in 2013, Rescue: Heading for Home Anne Stepien - Handicapper, Former Trainer; Finished 4th in 2013, Rescue: Heart of Phoenix Gordon Waterstone - Associate Editor, Horseman and Fair World; Finished 7th in 2013, Rescue: Racer Placers Brandon Valvo - Handicapper, Writer; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Changing Fates Equine Rescue Josi Verlingieri - Handicapper; Did Not Compete, Rescue: Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. Bob Zanakis - Ocean Downs Handicapper; Finished 3rd in 2012, Rescue: Horse Lovers United. The first leg of the 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' is scheduled for April 26, 2014 when the finals of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pace and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series will be contested at Yonkers Raceway. A complete list of bcontest days may be found here. by Allan Schott, for HANA

December 15, 2013 – Despite attempts by other contestants to execute  ‘Hail Mary’ wagers in an effort to seek the payoff positions, Richard Scott is the winner of HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA,  Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  Scott’s victory seemed assured as far back as July 21 when he exploded for a profit of $1,023.40 at Tioga Downs that weekend which created a lead which would never be challenged as no other handicapper was able to get that ‘big hit’ to put them back in the running.  Scott’s final winning margin was $743.67. However, in the last event of the season, Rusty Nash was able to use the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park to earn a weekly profit of $51.60, allowing him to sneak into second place, pushing Earl Paulson into third.  The only other handicapper which showed a profit for the week was Scott with a profit of $0.60. The prize fund for the contest reached $3,250.  As a result of the final results, Scott’s horse rescue, Changing Fates Equine Rescue will be a recipient of $1,250.  Nash’s rescue, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is slated to receive $875, while Paulson’s third place finish results in a $375 donation to Heading for Home.  In addition to these donations, additional donations will be made in honor of Scott’s victory by the Illinois Harness Horseman Association and Red Shores Charlottetown to local standardbred rescues.  Those organizations which handle more than standardbreds have committed to using these proceeds solely for the benefit of standardbred rescues. Here are the final standings for the contest. Final Standings Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $0.60 ($133.80)   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash $51.60 ($877.47) ($743.67) 3rd 4 3rd Earl Paulson ($30.00) ($900.85) ($767.05) 2nd 7 4th Ann Stepien ($30.00) ($1,092.35) ($958.55) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($30.00) ($1,267.85) ($1,134.05) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($30.00) ($1,487.74) ($1,353.94) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone ($30.00) ($2,100.60) ($1,966.80) 7th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($30.00) ($2,409.79) ($2,275.99) 8th 9 9th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($2,730.50) ($2,596.70) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($30.00) ($3,240.43) ($3,106.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   HANA Harness would like to thank all our sponsors, the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and Red Shores Charlottetown for not only being sponsors of this year’s contest but their commitment to help standardbreds seeking a second chance.   Final Standings Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $0.60 ($133.80)   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash $51.60 ($877.47) ($743.67) 3rd 4 3rd Earl Paulson ($30.00) ($900.85) ($767.05) 2nd 7 4th Ann Stepien ($30.00) ($1,092.35) ($958.55) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($30.00) ($1,267.85) ($1,134.05) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($30.00) ($1,487.74) ($1,353.94) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone ($30.00) ($2,100.60) ($1,966.80) 7th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($30.00) ($2,409.79) ($2,275.99) 8th 9 9th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($2,730.50) ($2,596.70) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($30.00) ($3,240.43) ($3,106.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. HANA Harness would like to thank all our sponsors, the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and Red Shores Charlottetown for not only being sponsors of this year’s contest but their commitment to help standardbreds seeking a second chance. by Allan Schott for HANA  

December 8, 2013 – With one race remaining in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, handicapper Richard Scott, who has led a majority of the way in the contest, remains in front with a seemingly comfortable lead of $736.45 with a net loss of $134.40.  With only the Cleveland Classic remaining on the docket, it will take some Hail Mary handicapping for anyone to wrest the top spot from Scott. With donations being made to the designated horse rescue charities of the top three, the real race is for the place and show spots which are currently held by Earl Paulson and Rusty Nash.  Hoping to crack into the top three are handicappers Anne Stepien and Dennis O’Hara with Garnet Barnsdale having a slight chance  to make the top three. In this week’s action, with the Reynolds 3yo filly pace being cancelled, the Reynolds 3yo colt pace was the sole contest.  Rusty Nash was top dog for the week with a profit of $6.80. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on December 8, 2013 with one week to go. Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($7.00) ($134.40)   1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($30.00) ($870.85) ($736.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash $6.80 ($929.07) ($794.67) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($25.40) ($1,062.35) ($927.95) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara $2.10 ($1,226.35) ($1,091.95) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($30.00) ($1,457.74) ($1,323.34) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone ($30.00) ($2,070.60) ($1,936.20) 7th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($30.00) ($2,379.79) ($2,245.39) 8th 9 9th Sally Hinckley ($30.00) ($2,700.50) ($2,566.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($30.00) ($3,210.43) ($3,076.03) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. This Week’s  Contest Schedule Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Northfield Park; $130,000(Est.) Cleveland Classic - Open by Allan Schott for HANA  

December 2, 2013 – Ray Garnett took top honors for the week in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs with a weekly net profit of $248.60, leading a trio of handicappers with triple digit profits.  Finishing second for the week was Gordon Waterstone with a net profit of $193.00 for the week with Sally Hinckley grabbing the show spot with a weekly profit of $115.00. Garnett’s biggest hit came in the Three Diamonds as he made a $30 win wager on the winner Delightful Dragon, earning him $315.00.    Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top with a net loss of $127.40, $713.45 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.  With three races remaining, it appears the trailing handicappers will need to make some bold handicapping selections if they have any hope of catching Scott or to get into the top three in order to earn some money for their charities. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on December 1, 2013. Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($161.00) ($127.40)   1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($204.00) ($840.85) ($713.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($159.00) ($935.87) ($808.47) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($112.05) ($1,036.95) ($909.55) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($168.00) ($1,228.45) ($1,101.05) 5th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($240.00) ($1,427.74) ($1,300.34) 6th 10 7th Gordon Waterstone $193.00 ($2,040.60) ($1,913.20) 8th 4 8th Mark McKelvie ($210.00) ($2,349.79) ($2,222.39) 7th 9 9th Sally Hinckley $115.00 ($2,670.50) ($2,543.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett $248.60 ($3,180.43) ($3,053.03) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. Key Hits Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta Box ($30) in The Valley Victory paid $105.50, $30 Win in The Three Diamonds paid $315.00; Sally Hinckley - $20 Trifecta plus a $5 Trifecta Key ($10) in The Moni Maker paid $325.00; Dennis O’Hara - $10 Trifecta ($30) in The Moni Maker paid $130.00; Gordon Waterstone -  $10 Exacta ($30) in The Nadia Lobell paid $333.00, $10 Trifecta ($30) in The Moni Maker paid $130.00. Remaining Contest Schedule Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment; $58,000(Est.) Reynolds - 3yo Colt Pace, $50,000(Est.) Reynolds – 3yo Filly Pace Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Northfield Park; $130,000(Est.) Cleveland Classic - Open by Allan Schott for HANA

November 25, 2013 – While Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment had a stellar opening, the same cannot be said of the handicappers in this past week’s racing action in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  The ‘top’ handicapper was overall leader Richard Scott who had a net loss of only $14.50 for the two races on this past week’s slate.  Rusty Nash and Anne Stepien are the only other two handicappers who cashed any tickets.  Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top with a net profit of $33.60, $670.45 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.   After this week, there are only three races remaining in the contest which concludes December 15, 2013. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 23, 2013. As of November 23, 2013 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($14.50) $33.60 $0.00 1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($60.00) ($636.85) ($670.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($36.60) ($776.87) ($810.47) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($57.90) ($924.90) ($958.50) 5th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($60.00) ($1,060.45) ($1,094.05) 4th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($60.00) ($1,187.74) ($1,221.34) 6th 9 7th Mark McKelvie ($60.00) ($2,139.79) ($2,173.39) 7th 8 8th Gordon Waterstone ($60.00) ($2,233.60) ($2,267.20) 8th 4 9th Sally Hinckley ($60.00) ($2,785.50) ($2,819.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($60.00) ($3,429.03) ($3,462.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment - $500,000 TVG FFA Series Trot Final; $500,000 TVG FFA Series Pace Final, $534,500 Governors Cup (2yo Open Pace), $394,950 Three Diamonds (2yo Filly Pace), $494,750 Valley Victory (2yo Open Trot), $456,150 Goldsmith Maid (2yo Filly Trot), $172,500(Est.) Nadia Lobell (3yo Filly Pace), $253,000(Est.) Moni Maker (3yo Filly Trot) Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Dover Downs - $330,000(Est.) Progress Pace (3yo Open Pace) by Allan Schott for HANA  

November 18, 2013 – Handicapper Anne Stepien took top honors this past week in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by scoring a net profit of $151.10 for the week which included races from Maywood Park on Friday and the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs on Sunday.  Stepien is the only handicapper to score a net gain for the week as she moves closer to one of the payoff positions in the standings. Despite losing ground this week, overall leader Richard Scott remains in front with a net profit of $48.10; $624.95 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.  With a month remaining in the contest, it seemingly will take a huge effort to unseat Scott from the top of the standings. Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top despite his losing performance this week, showing an overall net profit of $106.75, leading the pack by $574.10.  As we see from McKelvie’s performance this week, no position is solidified with seven contest dates remaining. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 17, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed     1st Richard Scott ($58.65) $48.10   1st 6   2nd Earl Paulson ($109.50) ($576.85) ($624.95) 2nd 7   3rd Rusty Nash ($123.50) ($740.27) ($788.37) 3rd 4   4th Ann Stepien $151.10 ($867.00) ($915.10) 5th 1   5th Dennis O'Hara ($27.50) ($1,000.45) ($1,048.55) 4th 2   6th Garnet Barnsdale ($91.50) ($1,127.74) ($1,175.84) 6th 9   7th Mark McKelvie ($360.00) ($2,079.79) ($2,127.89) 7th 8   8th Gordon Waterstone ($109.80) ($2,173.60) ($2,221.70) 8th 4   9th Sally Hinckley ($207.90) ($2,725.50) ($2,773.60) 9th 0   10th Ray Garnett ($270.10) ($3,369.03) ($3,417.13) 10th 3                                 Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale – $15 Trifecta Key ($30 Total) paid $223.50; Dennis O’Hara - $4 Exacta Box ($24) on the Galt Trot paid $118.40, $5 Trifecta Key ($30) on the Matron 2yo Filly Trot paid $55.00, $5 Trifecta Key ($30) on the Matron 3yo Colt Trot paid $99.50; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) on the Matron 2yo Colt Pace paid $147.00; Richard Scott - $.50 Trifecta Key ($24) on the Galt Trot paid $67.25; Anne Stepien - $1 Trifecta Box ($24) on the Cinderella Pace paid $91.80, $2 Trifecta Key ($20) on the Windy City Pace paid $130.80, $5 Exacta Box ($10) on the Windy City Pace paid $99.50; Gordon Waterstone - $3 Exacta Part Wheel ($9) on the Abe Lincoln Pace paid $55.20 Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 23, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment - $50,000 TVG FFA Series Trot; $50,000 TVG FFA Series Pace by Allan Schott for HANA .    

November 10, 2013 – Mark McKelvie, winner of the 2012 handicapping contest has been quiet for a while in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs showed triple digit profits at Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs on Friday evening, but when he wakes up, he wakes up as McKelvie scored an eye opening net profit of $1,000.40 on the American National card at Balmoral Park Saturday evening (November 9).  (Editor’s Note: The contest uses USTA-posted prices.  If using out of state prices, McKelvie would have had a net profit of $1,011.30).  As a result of his performance, McKelvie moves into 7th place.  Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top despite his losing performance this week, showing an overall net profit of $106.75, leading the pack by $574.10.  As we see from McKelvie’s performance this week, no position is solidified with seven contest dates remaining. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 9, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($186.00) $106.75   1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson $28.50 ($467.35) ($574.10) 3rd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($166.40) ($616.77) ($723.52) 2nd 4 4th Dennis O'Hara $52.50 ($972.95) ($1,079.70) 6th 2 5th Ann Stepien ($23.50) ($1,018.10) ($1,124.85) 5th 1 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($240.00) ($1,036.24) ($1,142.99) 4th 9 7th Mark McKelvie $1,000.40 ($1,719.79) ($1,826.54) 9th 8 8th Gordon Waterstone ($92.00) ($2,063.80) ($2,170.55) 7th 4 9th Sally Hinckley ($151.90) ($2,517.60) ($2,624.35) 8th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($240.00) ($3,098.93) ($3,205.68) 10th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Mark McKelvie - $30 Win wager in the American-National for 2yo pacing colts paid $237.00, $15 Exacta Partial Wheel ($30 total) in the American-Nation for 3yo trotting colts paid $843.00, $30 Win ticket in the American-National for 3yo pacing fillies paid $117.00; Dennis O’Hara - $15 Trifecta Partial Wheel ($30) in the American-National for 3yo pacing colts paid $250.50; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the American-National for 3yo pacing fillies paid $142.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the American National pace for 4yos & up paid $126.00; Anne Stepien - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the American-National pace for 4yos & up paid $126.00.    Contest Schedule This Week Friday, November 15, 2013 – Maywood Park - $180,000(Est.) Windy City Pace - 3yo Open; $73,000(Est.) The Cinderella – 3yo fillies pacers; $110,000(Est.) The Galt – 3yo Open Trot; $89,000(Est.) The Abe Lincoln – 2yo Open Trot Sunday, November 17, 2013 – Dover Downs - $165,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo colt and gelding pace; $149,000(Est.) The Matron – 3yo filly trot; $140,000(Est.) The Matron - 3yo colt and gelding trot; $173,000(Est.) The Matron – 3yo colt and gelding pace; $124,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo filly trot; $160,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo filly pace;   $159,000(Est.) The Matron – 2yo colt and gelding trot; $123,000(Est.) The Matron – 3yo filly pace by Allan Schott for HANA  

Paulson Goes Wild at Hoosier Park in 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge November 11, 2013 – While four of the handicappers in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs showed triple digit profits at Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs on Friday evening, Earl Paulson went wild showing a profit of $585 to move from fifth to third, less than $20 away from second place by grossing over $1,000 for Friday evening.   With his performance this weekend, Paulson is the top handicapper for the past two weeks straight.  However, with Richard Scott showing a profit of $247.15 this week, he has opened up a lead of $768.87 on the rest of the handicappers putting him in a good position to be the overall contest winner as the opportunities to overtake Scott are starting to dwindle. Other handicappers besides Paulson and Scott who had a week in the black were Dennis O’Hara ($143.60), Mark McKelvie ($132.30) and Garnet Barnsdale ($64.70).  This week’s contest also included the Lady Maud and the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway but the handicappers were less than successful with Gordon Waterstone doing the best, showing a net loss of $8.50 for the two races. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 2, 2013. Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $247.15 $292.75   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash ($178.45) ($450.37) ($743.12) 2nd 4 3rd Earl Paulson $585.00 ($495.85) ($788.60) 5th 7 4th Garnet Barnsdale $64.70 ($796.24) ($1,088.99) 4th 9 5th Ann Stepien ($224.25) ($994.60) ($1,287.35) 3rd 1 6th Dennis O'Hara $143.60 ($1,025.45) ($1,318.20) 6th 2 7th Gordon Waterstone ($58.00) ($1,971.80) ($2,264.55) 7th 4 8th Sally Hinckley ($252.15) ($2,365.70) ($2,658.45) 8th 0 9th Mark McKelvie $132.30 ($2,720.19) ($3,012.94) 10th 8 10th Ray Garnett ($126.95) ($2,858.93) ($3,151.68) 9th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale - $15 Exacta Box ($30 total) Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot at Vernon Downs paid $310.50, $1 Trifecta Part Wheel ($16) in the Carl Erskine Trot paid $114.20; Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta Box ($30)in The Circle City 3yo Filly Trot paid $154.50; Mark McKelvie - $10 Win ($10) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $109, $2 Trifecta Partial Wheel ($18) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby paid $241.80;Dennis O’Hara - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $310.50; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the 2nddivision of the Simpson Memorial 2yo Colt Trot paid $151.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $310.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in The Circle City 3yo Filly Pace paid $145.50, $15 Exacta ($30) in The Carl Erskine Trot paid $103.50), $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby paid $151.50; Richard Scott - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the 2nd division of the Simpson Memorial 2yo Colt Trot paid $151.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Simpson Memorial 2yo Filly Trot paid $310.50; Gordon Waterstone - $10 Exacta Box ($20) in the 2nd division of the Simpson Memorial 2yo Colt Trot paid $101, $10 Exacta Box ($20) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby paid $101   Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 9 at Balmoral Park – The American Nationals - $250,000(Est.) 3yo C&G Pace, $165,000(Est.) 3yo Filly Pace, $240,000(Est.) 3yo C&G Trot,  $115,000(Est.) 3yo Filly Trot, $190,000(Est.) 4yo & Up Pace, $195,000(Est.) 4yo & Up Trot, $113,000(Est.) 2yo C&G Pace, $115,000(Est.) 2yo Filly Pace Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator

Friday, November 1, 2013 – Hoosier Park - $250,000(Est.) The Monument Circle for 3yo pacing colts and geldings, $280,000(Est.) The Carl Erskine for 3yo trotters, $200,000(Est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA, $150,000(Est.) The Elevation for 2yo pacing colts and geldings, $60,000(Est.) The Circle City for 3yo pacing fillies, $75,000(Est.)  The Circle City for 3yo trotting fillies; Vernon Downs - $25,000(Est.) John Simpson Memorial for 2yo colt trotters, 2yo filly trotters, 2yo colt pacers, 2yo filly pacers.   Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Yonkers Raceway - $450,000 Messenger Final for 3yo Open pacers,   $178,684 Lady Maud Final for 3yo pacing fillies Earl Paulson was the best of the best this week in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as he led a trio of handicappers who scored triple digit profits this week on races at Tioga Downs and Hoosier Park.  Paulson outperformed everyone with a weekly profit of $598 versus $425 for Dennis O’Hara and $294 for Ann Stepien.  This week there were five handicappers who came out in the black which is believed to be a contest high. Richard Scott, despite taking a bye week on Saturday, remains in the lead with an over-all net profit of $45.60, leading second place Rusty Nash by a total of $337.02.  With this week’s coming action at Hoosier Park and Yonkers Raceway, this week presents another opportunity for the handicappers to shake up the standings.  Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on October 26, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($60.00) $45.60   1st 6 2nd Rusty Nash $19.00 ($271.92) ($317.52) 2nd 4 3rd Ann Stepien $294.00 ($770.35) ($815.95) 4th 1 4th Garnet Barnsdale ($294.00) ($860.94) ($906.54) 3rd 8 5th Earl Paulson $598.00 ($1,080.85) ($1,126.45) 6th 7 6th Dennis O'Hara $425.00 ($1,169.05) ($1,214.65) 5th 2 7th Gordon Waterstone ($220.40) ($1,913.80) ($1,959.40) 7th 4 8th Sally Hinckley $62.50 ($2,113.55) ($2,159.15) 8th 0 9th Ray Garnett ($25.50) ($2,731.98) ($2,777.58) 10th 3 10th Mark McKelvie ($342.00) ($2,852.49) ($2,898.09) 9th 8 Key Hits Garnet Barndsdale – $15 Exacta Box ($30 total) in the 2nd division of The Madison County Trot for 2yo fillies paid $126; Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta Box ($30)in the 1st division of The Madison County Pace for 2yo colts paid $118, $5 Exacta Box ($30) in the 2nd division of The Madison County Pace for 2yo colts paid $168; Sally Hinckley - $2 Trifecta ($30) on the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo trotting colts paid $99.50, $1 Trifecta Key ($30) in the 3rd division of The Circle City Trot for 3yo colts paid $224.20; Dennis O’Hara - $8 Exacta Partial Wheel ($24) on the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo trotting colts paid $60; $10 Exacta Part Wheel ($30) on the 3rd division of The Circle City Trot for 3yo colts paid $309; Earl Paulson - $5 Trifecta Box ($30) on the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo filly trotters paid $115, $15 Exacta Box ($30) on the 1st division of The Madison County Trot for 2yo fillies paid $247.50, $15 Exacta Box ($30) on the second division of The Circle City pace for 3yo colts paid $460.50; Anne Stepien - $3 Exacta Box ($18) on the 1st division of The Circle City Pace for 3yo colts paid $446.40. Contest Schedule This Week Friday, November 1, 2013 – Hoosier Park - $250,000(Est.) The Monument Circle for 3yo pacing colts and geldings, $280,000(Est.) The Carl Erskine for 3yo trotters, $200,000(Est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA, $150,000(Est.) The Elevation for 2yo pacing colts and geldings, $60,000(Est.) The Circle City for 3yo pacing fillies, $75,000(Est.)  The Circle City for 3yo trotting fillies Saturday, November 2, 2013 – Yonkers Raceway - $450,000 Messenger Final for 3yo Open pacers,   $178,684 Lady Maud Final for 3yo pacing fillies                                                                                                                                                                          by Allan Schott for HANA  

October 22, 2013 – Sally Hinckley, in her secondly weekly victory in the row was the Queen of the Breeders Crown in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as she managed to defeat Rusty Nash by just under $45 for the twelve race contest day ($287.20 vs. $242.25).  Overall for the week which also included the final preliminary legs of the Kindergarten Classics at Vernon Downs, Hinckley managed to score a profit of $291.30 versus Nash’s $217.85.  Finishing third for the week was Earl Paulson with a net profit of $139.50. Richard Scott (who came out $18.10 to the positive this past week) still holds the overall lead in the contest with an overall net profit of $105.60 leading Rusty Nash, who moved into the place spot overtaking Garnet Barnsdale who settled into third, by $397.02.  Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on October 19, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott $18.30 $105.60   1st 5 2nd Rusty Nash $217.85 ($291.42) ($397.02) 3rd 3 3rd Garnet Barnsdale ($62.60) ($566.94) ($672.54) 2nd 8 4th Ann Stepien ($242.05) ($1,064.35) ($1,169.95) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($189.80) ($1,594.05) ($1,699.65) 5th 2 6th Earl Paulson $139.50 ($1,663.10) ($1,768.70) 7th 7 7th Gordon Waterstone ($20.00) ($1,693.40) ($1,799.00) 6th 4 8th Sally Hinckley $291.30 ($2,176.05) ($2,281.65) 10th 0 9th Mark McKelvie ($214.50) ($2,510.49) ($2,616.09) 8th 8 10th Ray Garnett ($281.70) ($2,705.50) ($2,811.10) 9th 3   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale - $30 Win in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Pace paid $153.00, $7 Exacta ($14 total) in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Trot paid $106.40; Sally Hinckley –  $1 Trifecta Key ($12) in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Trot paid $229.50, $1 Trifecta Key ($30) in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot paid $214.90; Rusty Nash - $0.50 Trifecta Wheel ($28) in the Breeders Crown 2yoF Pace paid $224.75,$0.60 Trifecta Wheel ($28) in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot paid $107.45; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta ($30) in the 2nd division of the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo trotting colts paid $126.00, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Breeders Crown Open Trot paid $291.00, $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the Breeders Crown Open Pace paid $141.00; Gordon Waterstone - $20 Win in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace paid $102.00. Contest Schedule This Week Friday, October 25, 2013 – Vernon Downs - $222,500 Kindergarten Classic – 2yoCT, $211,000 Kindergarten Classic – 2yoFT Saturday, October 26, 2013 – Hoosier Park - $65,000(Div.) – Circle City for 2yo colts and geldings (trot and pace),  2yo filly (trot and pace), 3yo colts and geldings (trot and pace)               by Allan Schott for HANA  

October 14, 2013 – Handicapper Sally Hinckley, guest handicapper on Scarborough Downs broadcasts, managed to squeeze out top honors in this past week’s action at Balmoral Park in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by scoring a net profit of $56.20 for the three race competition where the race victors were odds-on favorites hampering  any significant moves.   Hinckley’s $56.20 topped handicappers Gordon Waterstone ($42.10) and Dennis O’Hara ($40.40) to secure top honors.  Richard Scott still holds the overall lead in the contest as the contest heads into Breeders Crown week with an overall net profit of $83.70, leading by $591.64.  However, with twelve contest races and the usual mix of favorites and long shots anticipated, the possibility of a big move exists. To follow the contest, including obtaining handicappers selections at hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on October 13, 2013, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($33.00) $87.30   1st 5 2nd Garnet Barnsdale $0.00 ($504.34) ($591.64) 2nd 8 3rd Rusty Nash $17.95 ($509.27) ($596.57) 3rd 3 4th Ann Stepien ($58.65) ($822.30) ($909.60) 4th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara $40.40 ($1,404.25) ($1,491.55) 5th 2 6th Gordon Waterstone $42.10 ($1,673.40) ($1,760.70) 6th 4 7th Earl Paulson $18.00 ($1,802.60) ($1,889.90) 7th 7 8th Mark McKelvie $0.00 ($2,295.99) ($2,383.29) 8th 7 9th Ray Garnett ($31.00) ($2,423.80) ($2,511.10) 9th 3 10th Sally Hinckley $56.20 ($2,467.35) ($2,554.65) 10th 0   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Sally Hinckley - $1 Trifecta Key ($30 Total) in Hanover 2yo colts and geldings paid $74.30; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in 1st Division of Hanover 2yo filly stakes paid $108; Gordon Waterstone - $30 Win wager on Hanover 2yo colts and geldings paid $57. Contest Schedule This Week Friday, October 18, 2013 – Vernon Downs - $200,000(Est.) Kindergarten Classic – 2yoFT, $200,000(Est.) Kindergarten Classic – 2yoCT Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs - $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Colt Trot, $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Filly Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Filly Trot, $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot (Open), $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Filly Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 2yo Colt Pace, $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot, $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Filly Trot, $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Colt Pace, $500,000 Breeders Crown 3yo Colt Trot, $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace (Open) .by Allan Schott for HANA  .    

October 7, 2013 - The mantle for the weekly leader in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs was turned over to Horseman and Fair World’s Gordon Waterstone who topped all handicappers this past week with a net gain of $295 for the four day Red Mile stand which allowed him to move up two positions in the contest.  Waterstone was one of two climbers in the standings this past week, the other being Rusty Nash whose gain of nearly $89 was good enough to move him into third place within striking range of second place.  Overall contest leader status remains with Richard Scott who despite having a losing week managed to open his lead slightly on Garnet Barnsdale.   Steady going was the name of the game for Waterstone for he largely depended on modest hits to allow him to take advantage of the two key hits which was important considering the final day was marred with less than ideal weather conditions. After a busy couple of weeks, the handicappers get a light week with respect to the contest with the two Hanover Stakes at Balmoral Park on Saturday being the only races on the contest docket week.  As always, fans  may follow the contest, including obtaining the handicappers selections at hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on September 29, 2013.   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($294.84) $120.30   1st 5 2nd Garnet Barnsdale ($306.60) ($504.34) ($624.64) 2nd 8 3rd Rusty Nash $88.68 ($553.02) ($673.32) 4th 3 4th Ann Stepien ($124.30) ($763.65) ($883.95) 3rd 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($433.65) ($1,444.65) ($1,564.95) 5th 2 6th Gordon Waterstone $294.80 ($1,715.50) ($1,835.80) 8th 4 7th Earl Paulson ($358.50) ($1,820.60) ($1,940.90) 6th 7 8th Mark McKelvie ($402.50) ($2,295.99) ($2,416.29) 7th 6 9th Ray Garnett ($344.00) ($2,392.80) ($2,513.10) 9th 3 10th Sally Hinckley ($364.90) ($2,523.55) ($2,643.85) 10th 0   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.   Key Hits Garnet Barnsdale - $30 Exacta on 1st division of International Stallion Stake (ISS) 2yo colt and gelding pace paid $195, $30 Exacta 2nd elimination Kentucky Futurity paid $114.00; Ray Garnett - $5 Exacta ($30 total) on 2nd division of ISS 2yo filly pace paid $145.00; Sally Hinckley - $1 Trifecta Key ($30) on 3rd division of ISS 2yo colt and gelding trot paid $$155.90; Mark McKelvie - $2 Trifecta ($24) on 1st division of ISS 2yo filly pace paid $145.40; Rusty Nash - $10 Win Place wager ($20) on 3rd division of ISS 2yo filly trot paid $170.00, $15 Win, Place ($30) on 2nd division of ISS 2yo filly pace paid $205.50; Earl Paulson -  $15 Exacta ($30) 3rd division of ISS 2yo colt and gelding trot paid $159; Anne Stepien - $3 Exacta ($18) on 2nd division ISS 2yo filly pace paid $87, $1 Trifecta ($24) on Allerage Farms Trot paid $124.40; Gordon Waterstone - $30 Win on 2nd division ISS 2yo filly pace paid $297, $30 Win on 2nd division ISS 2yo colt and gelding pace paid $129. Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, October 13, 2013 – Balmoral Park $70,000(Est.) Hanover Stakes for 2yo filly trotters, $70,000(Est.) Hanover Stakes for 2yo colt and gelding trotters. by Allan Schott for HANA  

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