Sunday, November 23, 2014

Barnsdale Wins Week; Opens up Commanding Lead in Handicapping Shoot-Out

November 23, 2014 – As with several Breeders Crown champions this past weekend, Garnet Barnsdale opened up a commanding lead in Legs 50 and 51 of 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 thanks to his weekly net profit of $2,446.10.  Thanks to his tally this week, Barnsdale’s overall net profit is $5,007.40, giving him a lead of $3,231.40 over second place Mark McKelvie.  With three legs (four races) remaining in this year’s contest, it would seemingly take a monster hit by one of his opponents and a collapse on his part for someone to take the lead away from him.

While first place appears safe, there is a real battle for second and third place as the finishers in those positions will also have donations made to their rescues of choice.  Second place McKelvie has an overall net profit of $1,776, roughly $1,430 ahead of third place Bob Zanakis’ $346.95.  While not in a cashing position, Brian McEvoy is sitting in fourth place within stalking distance as he is less than $240 behind Zanakis,   

On Friday night, Derick Giwner came out $883.20 to the plus side thanks to his plays in the Breeders Crown 3yo filly pace as a $72 win ticket earned him a $756 payout.  In addition to the win wager, Giwner had a $1 Trifecta partial wheel ticket (total of $42) which paid $505.20.  In the same race, Barndsale earned $806.40 thanks to his $1010.40 payoff on a $2 Trifecta key ($168). 

Saturday evening, was all Barnsdale with a daily profit of $1,659.70, followed by Dennis O’Hara’s $605 and Rusty Nash’s $440.  Barnsdale’s profit came primarily thanks to a $1 Trifecta wheel ($72) in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace which returned $1,998.  O’Hara managed to hit a $132 Trifecta partial wheel ($390) in the 2yo filly trot which paid $975 while in the Open Mare Pace, Nash’s $200 Place wager (part of a Win, Place combo; $400) returned a $840 dividend.

The current standings with three legs remaining in the competition are:  
As of November 22, 2014 - Leg 51
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Garnet Barnsdale
$2,466.10
$5,007.40

2nd
Mark McKelvie
($14.00)
$1,776.00
$3,231.40
3rd
Bob Zanakis
($521.00)
$346.95
$4,660.45
4th
Brian McEvoy
($20.00)
$108.50
$4,898.90
5th
Brandon Valvo
($160.00)
($545.00)
$5,552.40
6th
Derick Giwner
$483.20
($575.03)
$5,582.43
7th
Josi Verlingieri
($400.00)
($930.40)
$5,937.80
8th
Gordon Waterstone
($600.00)
($1,631.30)
$6,638.70
9th
Rusty Nash
$240.00
($1,833.36)
$6,840.76
10th
Earl Paulson
($340.00)
($2,657.50)
$7,664.90
11th
Dennis O'Hara
$205.00
($3,596.65)
$8,604.05
12th
Anne Stepien
($90.50)
($4,357.93)
$9,365.33
13th
Ray Garnett
($796.00)
($5,862.80)
$10,870.20
14th
Sally Hinckley
($800.00)
($6,262.40)
$11,269.80
15th
Ray Cotolo
($800.00)
($9,798.40)
$14,805.80



The Handicapping Shoot-Out makes its final stop at the Meadowlands for the finals of the TVG series on Saturday evening (November 29).  The contest wraps up with stops at Dover Downs (December 7) for the Progress Pace and concludes at Northfield Park (December 12) for the Cleveland Classic.  For more information, visit HANA Harness’ contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                                                                                      

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Valvo Takes Week in Grand Circuit Shoot-Out; Barnsdale Back in Front

November 9, 2014 – In perhaps the most competitive week of the competition, Brandon Valvo finished ahead of six other handicappers with positive ROIs in leg 49 of 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 thanks to his weekly net profit of $1,220 (-$385 overall), $660 ahead of overall leader Garnet Barnsdale.  With Barnsdale’s weekly profit of $560, he returns to the top of the standings with a net profit of $2,541.as the handicappers head into the bye week before the Breeders’ Crown finals.  Finishing third this week was Brian McEvoy ($500, $128.50 overall), followed by Gordon Waterstone ($320, -$1,031.30), Dennis O’Hara ($200, -$3,801.65), Earl Paulson ($90, -$2,317.50) and Josi Verlingieri ($85, -$530,40).   

Valvo owes his success this week thanks to two $200 Win wagers placed in this past Thursday’s Matron Stakes at Dover Downs; the first wager in the 2yo colt and gelding pacer tilt returning $480 while his stake in the 3yo filly pacer event paying a generous $1,140 dividend).  Barnsdale successfully let it ride in the 2yo colt and gelding pace as his $400 Win investment returned $960.  Third place finisher McEvoy’s profit was attributable to a $100 Win and $150 Place stake in the 2yo filly pace returning a combined $750.

Other significant wagers this week were made by Dennis O’Hara whose $200 straight Trifecta in the 3yo filly pace paid $600; Earl Paulson’s two $50 Win wagers in the 2yo colt and gelding trot returning $155 and the 2yo filly pace paying $210; Josi Verlingieri’s $150 Win bet in the 2yo colt and gelding pace returning $360; Gordon Waterstone’s $300 wager in the freshman colt and gelding pace paying $720.      .

The current standings after the completion of this past week’s action are:  
As of November 6, 2014 - Leg 49
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Garnet Barnsdale
$560.00
$2,541.30

2nd
Mark McKelvie
($316.00)
$1,790.00
$751.30
3rd
Bob Zanakis
($400.00)
$867.95
$1,673.35
4th
Brian McEvoy
$500.00
$128.50
$2,412.80
5th
Brandon Valvo
$1,220.00
($385.00)
$2,926.30
6th
Josi Verlingieri
$85.00
($530.40)
$3,071.70
7th
Gordon Waterstone
$320.00
($1,031.30)
$3,572.60
8th
Derick Giwner
($340.00)
($1,058.23)
$3,599.53
9th
Rusty Nash
($295.00)
($2,073.36)
$4,614.66
10th
Earl Paulson
$90.00
($2,317.50)
$4,858.80
11th
Dennis O'Hara
$200.00
($3,801.65)
$6,342.95
12th
Anne Stepien
($161.00)
($4,267.43)
$6,808.73
13th
Ray Garnett
($400.00)
($5,066.80)
$7,608.10
14th
Sally Hinckley
($340.00)
($5,462.40)
$8,003.70
15th
Ray Cotolo
($400.00)
($8,998.40)
$11,539.70


The Handicapping Shoot-Out takes a week off in preparation for Breeders’ Crown Finals weekend.  For Breeders’ Crown weekend, each handicapper will be able to wager up to $400 on each night.  After the Breeders’ Crown, the contest has three more legs; the Meadowlands for the TVG Finals, Dover Downs’ Progress Stake, before wrapping up with the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park.  Handicapper selections, results and standings are available at HANA Harness’ contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Paulson Weekly Champ, McKelvie Retakes Lead in Shoot-Out

October 26, 2014 – After a duo of contest nights, handicapper Earl Paulson came out as top dog out of four handicappers who showed a profit 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 thanks to his weekly net profit of $850.50, whittling away at his overall net loss which now stands at a negative $2,407.50.  With regards to the overall lead, Mark McKelvie jumped back into the lead from third place  with his weekly profit of $526.50 (overall $2,106), a mere $124.70 lead over Garnet Barnsdale whose weekly profit of $246 ($1,981.30) was not enough to keep him from being relegated to second.  With his loss of $366.90 ($1,267.95), Bob Zanakis fell to third place but remains in the hunt being only $838.05 out of first place.  Last, but not least with a positive ROI for the week was Dennis O’Hara who ended up with a profit of $275 (-$4,001.65).

Interesting about this week is while there were four handicappers who had a positive ROI, only Dennis O’Hara was able to show a profit in leg 48 at Vernon Downs where his $675 profit was achieved thanks to a $125 two-horse Exacta box in the Kindergarten Classic for 2yo colts which returned $925.

On Friday night (leg 47) at Hoosier Park, Paulson had a $913.50 profit thanks to a four-horse $3 Superfecta box ($72) in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby which paid a dividend of $1,297.50.  McKelvie show a profit of $569 thanks to a $20 Win ticket played on The Carl Erskine which returned $122 and a $10 Trifecta combination ticket ($150) in the Monument Circle Final which paid $837.  Barnsdale’s $496 profit resulted from a $80 exacta in the Carl Erskine which paid  $896.   

The current standings after the completion of this past weekend’s activity are:  
As of November 1, 2014 - Leg 48
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Mark McKelvie
$526.50
$2,106.00

2nd
Garnet Barnsdale
$246.00
$1,981.30
$124.70
3rd
Bob Zanakis
($366.90)
$1,267.95
$838.05
4th
Brian McEvoy
$0.00
($371.50)
$2,477.50
5th
Josi Verlingieri
($189.25)
($615.40)
$2,721.40
6th
Derick Giwner
($580.00)
($718.23)
$2,824.23
7th
Gordon Waterstone
($86.00)
($1,351.30)
$3,457.30
8th
Brandon Valvo
($650.00)
($1,605.00)
$3,711.00
9th
Rusty Nash
($358.00)
($1,778.36)
$3,884.36
10th
Earl Paulson
$850.50
($2,407.50)
$4,513.50
11th
Dennis O'Hara
$275.00
($4,001.65)
$6,107.65
12th
Anne Stepien
$0.00
($4,106.43)
$6,212.43
13th
Ray Garnett
($425.50)
($4,666.80)
$6,772.80
14th
Sally Hinckley
($650.00)
($5,122.40)
$7,228.40
15th
Ray Cotolo
($250.00)
($8,598.40)
$10,704.40


The Handicapping Shoot-Out has a rare mid-week date this week with Thursday’s card at Dover Downs where the Matron Stakes for 2 and 3yos of both sexes and gaits will be contested.  After this week’s action, the handicapping challenge takes a week off in anticipation of Breeders Crown weekend.  Handicapper selections, results and standings are available at HANA Harness’ contest website at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Barnsdale Leapfrogs to the Lead in Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out

 October 26, 2014 – In any handicapping contest, it takes only one successful wager to get back into the hunt, and it is has never been truer as Garnet Barnsdale leapfrogged from 6th place to the top of the standings 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.  As a result of a $2,400 net profit thanks to his $200 trifecta play in the Lady Maud at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night, Barnsdale leads the pack with an overall net profit of $1,735.30, $100.45 ahead of second place Bob Zanakis.  Right behind the top two is Mark McKelvie who dropped from first to third, only $155.80 from the top position. 

Not to be left out, Derick Giwner jumped from 9th place to 4th thanks to his $5 trifecta play (total of $35) in Dayton Raceway’s Trotting Derby on Friday which paid a $2,539.00 dividend resulting in a weekly net profit of $1,889 (overall net profit of -$138.23).  While Giwner is still $1,800+ behind the leader, he is well within striking range of the lead. 

The current standings after the completion of this past weekend’s activity are:  

As of October 25, 2014 - Leg 46
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Garnet Barnsdale
$2,400.00
$1,735.30

2nd
Bob Zanakis
$95.50
$1,634.85
$100.45
3rd
Mark McKelvie
($342.50)
$1,579.50
$155.80
4th
Derick Giwner
$1,889.00
($138.23)
$1,873.53
5th
Josi Verlingieri
($650.00)
($426.15)
$2,161.45
6th
Brian McEvoy
($200.00)
($571.50)
$2,306.80
7th
Brandon Valvo
($500.00)
($955.00)
$2,690.30
8th
Gordon Waterstone
($194.00)
($1,265.30)
$3,000.60
9th
Rusty Nash
($342.50)
($1,420.36)
$3,155.66
10th
Earl Paulson
($90.00)
($3,258.00)
$4,993.30
11th
Anne Stepien
($154.00)
($4,106.43)
$5,841.73
12th
Ray Garnett
($640.00)
($4,241.30)
$5,976.60
13th
Dennis O'Hara
($240.00)
($4,276.65)
$6,011.95
14th
Sally Hinckley
($270.00)
($4,472.40)
$6,207.70
15th
Ray Cotolo
($500.00)
($8,348.40)
$10,083.70


As the Handicapping Shoot-Out heads into the homestretch, this week’s races brings the contestants to Hoosier Park Friday Evening for the final time this year with the $250,000(Est.) Monument Circle for 3yo colt pacers, the $225,000(Est.) Carl Erskine for 3yo trotters, $210,000(Est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for 3yos and up, as well as the $175,000(Est.) Nadia Lobell and $200,000(Est.) Moni Maker for 3yo filly pacers and trotters, respectively on tap.  On Saturday evening, the action returns to Vernon Downs for the $240,400 Kindergarten Classic final for 2yo colt trotters, $250,500 Kindergarten Classic final for 2yo filly trotters in addition to the $175,000(Est.) Artiscape for filly and mare pacers and the $175,000(Est.) Muscle Hill for filly and mare trotters.  The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.