Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hochstetler Stretches Lead in Hambletonian Society Handicapping Contest


(June 19, 2016) – Determined to add some distance between himself and his nearest competitors, Jay Hochstetler was the top handicapper for the week in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs thanks to earning 124.3 points for a grand total of 655.9 points thus far, 66.68 points ahead of second place Russ Adams, who has a total of 589.23 points in the contest.  

Other strong performers for the week were Gordon Waterstone (115.3 points) and Rusty Nash (110.4).

Leading to Hochstetler’s success were his selecting three winners on North America Cup night at Mohawk Racetrack, selecting the winners of the Armbro Flight (Hannelore Hanover, $2.20), Roses Are Red (Lady Shadow, $10.50), and North America Cup champion Betting Line ($4.20) on Saturday night plus sweeping the card on Sunday at Tioga Downs with All Steinem ($20.80), Mcardles Lightning ($2.50) and Roll With Joe winner Rockeyed Optimist ($5.80). 

In addition to Hochstetler, Rusty Nash swept the Tioga races, adding 68.25 to his seasonal total.

Here are the standings after this weekend’s racing action:

June 19 2016 - Leg #24
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points
Prior Week
Points Earned
This Week
Overall
Total Points
Position
Last
Week
Points
Back
1st
Jay Hochstetler
531.60
124.30
655.90
1st
 -
2nd
Russ Adams
527.00
62.23
589.23
2nd
66.68
3rd
Mark Deutsch
437.85
65.40
503.25
3rd
           152.65
4th
Rusty Nash
374.88
110.40
485.28
8th
           170.63
5th
Dennis O'Hara
416.80
65.85
482.65
5th
           173.25
6th
Anne Stepien
429.33
38.90
468.23
4th
           187.68
7th
Gordon Waterstone
345.28
115.30
460.58
6th
           195.33
8th
Adam Friedland
410.58
46.93
457.50
7th
           198.40
9th
Matt Rose
377.43
57.00
434.43
9th
           221.48
10th
Ray Cotolo
346.98
60.60
407.58
11th
           248.33
11th
Bryan Owen
345.23
47.88
393.10
12th
           262.80
12th
Ray Garnett
311.63
51.70
363.33
13th
           292.58
13th
Sally Hinckley
308.43
36.28
344.70
14th
           311.20
14th
Joe Bengston
302.80
26.10
328.90
15th
           327.00
15th
Michael Carter
296.50
30.08
326.58
10th
           329.33



This coming weekend, there is only one feature race on tap; the AJ Cutler Memorial Trot at Meadowlands Gaming and Entertainment.  After this week, a full slate of races will be contested during the 4th of July weekend.


For further information regarding the handicapping challenge, visit HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com, where you may find the handicappers’ selections and results, updated standings, as well a schedule of upcoming contest races.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hochstetler Retakes in Hambletonian Society Handicapping Contest


(June 12, 2016) – After losing the lead last week, Jay Hochstetler retook the top spot in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, thanks to earning 27.2 points this week for a total of 531.6 overall; a narrow lead of 4.6 points over last week’s leader Russ Adams.  While Hochstetler once again sits in first, weekly honors go to Bryan Owen who lead everyone with 39.1 points.

Owen managed to earn weekly honors despite only having one winner, Maestro Blue Chip ($15.40), the lone long shot in this weekend’s quartet of races.  With his selection of the Graduate Trot leg winner, Owen scored 27.9 of his 39.1 weekend tally.  Dennis O’Hara was second for the week with 36.48 points with three winners and a third place finish while Sally Hinckley and Anne Stepien dead-heated for the third position with a total of 33.68.

Here are the standings after this weekend:

June 12 2016 - Leg #22
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points
Prior Week
Points Earned
This Week
Overall
Total Points
Position
Last
Week
Points
Back
1st
Jay Hochstetler
504.40
27.20
531.60
2nd
            -  
2nd
Russ Adams
507.50
19.50
527.00
1st
         4.60
3rd
Mark Deutsch
413.05
24.80
437.85
3rd
       93.75
4th
Anne Stepien
395.65
33.68
429.33
4th
      102.28
5th
Dennis O'Hara
380.33
36.48
416.80
6th
      114.80
6th
Adam Friedland
392.58
18.00
410.58
5th
      121.03
7th
Matt Rose
362.93
14.50
377.43
7th
      154.18
8th
Rusty Nash
360.38
14.50
374.88
8th
      156.73
9th
Ray Cotolo
323.78
23.20
346.98
10th
      184.63
10th
Gordon Waterstone
333.58
11.70
345.28
9th
      186.33
11th
Bryan Owen
306.13
39.10
345.23
11th
      186.38
12th
Ray Garnett
290.83
20.80
311.63
12th
      219.98
13th
Sally Hinckley
274.75
33.68
308.43
15th
      223.18
14th
Joe Bengston
274.90
27.90
302.80
14th
      228.80
15th
Michael Carter
289.70
6.80
296.50
13th
      235.10


This coming weekend, featured races of the Grand Circuit challenge are Saturday’s Roses Are Red, North America Cup, Goodtime Trot, and Armbro Flight at Mohawk Raceway plus the Meadows Maturity Trot at The Meadows.  Sunday’s feature race is the Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs.

For further information regarding the handicapping challenge, visit HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com, where you may find the handicappers’ selections and results, updated standings, as well a schedule of upcoming contest races.