Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stepien Dominates Week in GC Handicapping Challenge

(September 16, 2017) – Anne Stepien continues to ride her recent streak to be the top handicapper for the week in the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge moving from 6th to 3rd place overall thanks to her 103.67 point tally for the period of September 13-15.  In the overall contest, Rusty Nash holds on to the overall lead for the second week straight, albeit with a shrinking lead of 0.80 points.

On Wednesday (9/13) six handicappers dead-heated for the night, selecting Blazin Britches ($3.80) in the Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park.  Each handicapper selecting Blazin Britches, including Stepien, earned 21.67 points for the evening.

Friday (9/15) was another Kindergarten Night at the Meadowlands where ten of the eleven races were divisions of the Kindergarten Classic.  Gordon Waterstone was best with six winners for the evening, besting Ray Cotolo (2nd) and Steve Horoky (3rd) based on net profit.  Stepien ran out of the money but still earned 22 points with four winners for the evening.

Saturday (9/16) was a big stakes night at Mohawk Racetrack and eight handicappers had two out of four races tabbed so it came to net profit in determining placing points awaarded.  Stepien bested the octet by selecting Blue Moon Stride ($14.30).   While Terry Wilson had no winners for the evening, he finished second by cashing in all four races with Dream Together ($3.40; second in Elegantimage), Long Tom ($4.20; third in Canadian Trotting Classic), L A Delight ($8.50 and $4.60; second in Milton), and JL Cruze ($7.50 and $3.90; second in Maple Leaf Trot).

In the year to date contest, Nash leads with 905.70 points, ahead of Megan Maccario’s 904.90.  Stepien now sits in third with a total of 848.82.
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Standings thru Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Leg #52
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points Earned
Legs Won
Last Week
Streak
1st
Rusty Nash
905.70
6
1st
2
2nd
Megan Maccario
904.90
8
2nd

3rd
Anne Stepien
848.82
7
6th

4th
Matt Rose
838.38
8
3rd

5th
Russ Adams
824.04
7
5th

6th
Dennis O’Hara
806.85
8
4th

7th
Gordon Waterstone
777.00
7
8th

8th
Sally Hinckley
732.98
6
7th

9th
Ray Garnett
724.11
4
9th

10th
Steve Horoky
703.33
3
10th

11th
Bryan Owen
659.90
5
11th

12th
Terry Wilson
595.47
5
12th

13th
Jay Hochstetler
569.50
3
12th

14th
Ray Cotolo
553.33
3
14th

15th
Michael Carter
472.53
3
15th

16th
Richard Mattei
381.30
2
16th



Next Up: Grand Circuit activity continues every day this week with racing from the Delaware County Fair, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Hoosier Park, and Mohawk Racetrack.  Following this week, stakes action moves to Dayton Raceway and The Red Mile in addition to continuing at Harrah’s.


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.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

O’Hara, Nash On Top in Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(September 10, 2017) – In the last weekend before the Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge goes into overdrive with daily stakes races in the Midwest, Dennis O’Hara was the top handicapper for the September 8-9 stanza with a total of 98 points, 21 points ahead of Matt Rose who took the runner-up position.  Rusty Nash finished in the show position with 62 points which was good enough for him to take the lead in the overall contest.

On Friday evening, it was a Kindergarten Classic extravaganza at the Meadowlands with eight tilts of 2yo racing plus a leg of the Ms Versatility being contested.  When the night was over, Rose and O’Hara had four winners each but Rose prevailed with a net profit of $17.90.  Finishing second was Anne Stepien who despite only having two winners, selected Kj’s Bekah who paid $10.60 and $5.60 for her second-place finish.   O’Hara’s four winners was good enough to take fourth place.

Saturday night, the action moved to Mohawk Racetrack and Scioto Downs and once again, O’Hara tabbed four winners but this time he was not to be denied as he grabbed the top spot with a net profit of $10.70, helped by sweeping the Scioto Stakes.  Nash, with five winners for the night had to settle for the place position.

In the year to date contest, Nash has moved in front with a grand total of 874.7 points through forty-nine contest legs.  Megan Maccario, the leader for the past five weeks drops back to second place with 849.23 points.  Matt Rose (822.38 pts), remains in third with the big mover of the week, Dennis O’Hara (761.18 pts) jumping three spots into fourth.

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Standings thru Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Leg #49
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points Earned
Legs Won
Last Week
Streak
1st
Rusty Nash
874.70
6
2nd
1
2nd
Megan Maccario
849.23
8
1st

3rd
Matt Rose
822.38
8
3rd
4th
Dennis O’Hara
761.18
7
7th
5th
Russ Adams
757.87
7
4th

6th
Anne Stepien
745.15
6
5th

7th
Sally Hinckley
688.98
6
6th

8th
Gordon Waterstone
685.00
6
8th

9th
Ray Garnett
678.11
4
9th

10th
Steve Horoky
623.16
3
11th

11th
Bryan Owen
614.23
5
10th

12th
Terry Wilson
551.47
5
13th

13th
Jay Hochstetler
545.50
3
12th

14th
Ray Cotolo
491.33
3
14th

15th
Michael Carter
446.53
3
15th

16th
Adam Friedland
370.30
2
16th

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Next Up: The busiest segment of the grand circuit handicapping contest begins this Wednesday (9/13) with the Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park.  Friday (9/15) has the Meadowlands hosting the fourth preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic for juveniles of both gaits and sexes followed by Saturday’s (9/16) quartet of stakes at Mohawk including the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot.  Sunday’s (9/17) stakes coincide with opening day of the Delaware County Fair where the Standardbred for 2yo colts and fillies will be contested.

The following week, the Delaware County Fair continues, including the Little Brown Jug and Harrah’s Philadelphia hosts the Simpson for 3yo filly pacers and trotters.  Hoosier Park and Mohawk Racetrack continue with their stakes program leading to the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet in two weeks.


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.