Sunday, July 17, 2016

Carter Comes out on top in Handicapping Challenge


(July 17, 2016) – With eleven races on the contest slate Saturday night (July 16) 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, the opportunity for leader Jay Hochstetler to open up more day light on the rest of the field existed, but it was Michael Carter who came out on top with 196.73 points to jump from 13th to 8th place.  In addition, Russ Adams (147.85 points) and Rusty Nash (116.10), who were second and third for the week respectively, managed to close the gap a bit on Hochstetler whose lead has been cut to 327.15 points.

On a night where primarily first or second choices were race winners, Carter managed to nail eight of the eleven winners on the evenings card, missing out only on the Hambletonian Maturity, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, and the Lawrence B. Sheppard.  Adams and Nash both ended up winning six of the evening’s tilts.

Here are the standings after Saturday’s racing:

July 16, 2016 - Leg #30
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points
Prior Week
Points Earned
This Week
Overall
Total Points
Position
Last
Week
Points
Back
1st
Jay Hochstetler
1,093.33
77.90
1,171.23
1st
 -
2nd
Russ Adams
696.23
147.85
844.08
2nd
           327.15
3rd
Rusty Nash
653.30
116.10
769.40
3rd
           401.83
4th
Mark Deutsch
637.15
88.20
725.35
5th
           445.88
5th
Adam Friedland
639.70
82.60
722.30
4th
           448.93
6th
Gordon Waterstone
627.45
44.90
672.35
6th
           498.88
7th
Dennis O'Hara
600.53
63.68
664.20
7th
           507.03
8th
Michael Carter
440.88
196.73
637.60
13th
           533.63
9th
Bryan Owen
522.93
90.80
613.73
10th
           557.50
10th
Matt Rose
555.68
50.95
606.63
8th
           564.60
11th
Anne Stepien
555.30
47.10
602.40
9th
           568.83
12th
Sally Hinckley
459.93
94.10
554.03
12th
           617.20
13th
Ray Cotolo
480.88
25.40
506.28
11th
           664.95
14th
Ray Garnett
417.43
51.95
469.38
14th
           701.85
15th
Joe Bengston
376.30
36.60
412.90
15th
           758.33


With the contest less than half way through the series, there is plenty of time for movement in the standings so no can be ruled out of the running.

The Challenge continues with a weekend full of racing.  Friday night has first leg of the Kindergarten series for two year old trotters of both sexes at the Meadowlands while Saturday evening has the Kindergarten races for two year old pacers in East Rutherford plus Saratoga’s Joe Gerrity Memorial for Open class pacers.  The weekend concludes Sunday with the Zweig Memorials for three year old fillies and three year old trotters.

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


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Friedland Weekly Top Dog in Handicapping Challenge


(July 10, 2016) – While the leader board shows Jay Hochstetler the overall leader 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 with 1,093.33 points, honors for the week belong to Adam Friedland whose 63.88 points was 10.33 ahead of second place finisher Michael Carter (53.55 points).  Bryan Owen took the show position with his 44.38 points for the week’s efforts.

Honorable mention goes to Rusty Nash and Matt Rose for earning 18.75 points by selecting both winners in the Tompkins-Geers stakes at Tioga Downs on Monday.

While Friedland had only two winners, All The Time ($2.10) and Wiggle It Jiggleit ($3.00), he managed to earn 41 of his 57.88 points for the evening thanks to his selection of Centurion ATM in the Graduate Trot Final who finished second and paid $24.80 to place and $16.20 for show.  Carter, earned all his points on Saturday night, adding Graduate Trot winner Musical Rhythm ($12.20) to Friedland’s two winners to score the hat-trick and 53.55 points.    

Here are the standings after the week’s racing:

July 9, 2016 - Leg #29
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points
Prior Week
Points Earned
This Week
Overall
Total Points
Position
Last
Week
Points
Back
1st
Jay Hochstetler
1,070.45
22.88
1,093.33
1st
 -
2nd
Russ Adams
661.33
34.90
696.23
2nd
               397.10
3rd
0Rusty Nash
617.68
35.63
653.30
4th
               440.03
4th
Adam Friedland
575.83
63.88
639.70
6th
               453.63
5th
Mark Deutsch
632.55
4.60
637.15
3rd
               456.18
6th
Gordon Waterstone
600.18
27.28
627.45
5th
               465.88
7th
Dennis O'Hara
572.55
27.98
600.53
7th
               492.80
8th
Matt Rose
516.73
38.95
555.68
9th
               537.65
9th
Anne Stepien
539.70
15.60
555.30
8th
               538.03
10th
Bryan Owen
478.55
44.38
522.93
11th
               570.40
11th
Ray Cotolo
480.88
0.00
480.88
10th
               612.45
12th
Sally Hinckley
431.95
27.98
459.93
12th
               633.40
13th
Michael Carter
387.33
53.55
440.88
14th
               652.45
14th
Ray Garnett
399.33
18.100
417.43
13th
               675.90
15th
Joe Bengston
356.30
20.00
376.30
15th
               717.03


While there is only one contest date this week, Saturday, is a big one eight contest races.  The Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Maturity, Mistletoe Shalee, Delvin Miller Memorial, William R Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, and Ms. Versatility will be contested at the Meadowlands while Yonkers Raceway hosts the Lawrence B. Sheppard.

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