Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ray Cotolo Takes Weekly Honors in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

 July 27, 2014 – The Meadow’s Adios Card is in the books and at the end of the day Handicapper Ray Cotolo reigned supreme for the week in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs with a weekly net profit of $305, nearly $100 ahead of his closest opponent.   While Cotolo is a newcomer to the list of weekly winners, Bob Zanakis continues his run as overall leader with a combined net profit of $3,000.70 ($140 for the week), leading second place Brandon Valvo by $607.20.

This week, the adage it only takes one hit to make you a winner applies as Cotolo’s victory came thanks to a single wager, a $150 win wager on Allstar Rating in the Adioo Volo which returned a $705 dividend. 

Other handicappers had winners, but due to the short-priced nature of the card, significant winners were at a premium, amongst them were: Derick Giwner’s $150 Win ticket on Too Darn Hot in the second division of the Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace paid $480; Mark McKelvie’s $50 Win ticket on Rich Wisdom in the first division of the Arden Downs for 2yo C& G pacers paid $195; Rusty Nash’s $100 wager on the same horse paid $390; Dennis O’Hara ‘s $10 Exacta part wheel ($30 total) in the first division of the Arden Downs for 3yo Filly trotters returned $125; Josie Verlingierli $40 straight wager on the second division of the Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace, earned $156; Gordon Waterstone’s $50 Exacta in the third division of Arden Downs 2yo C&G pace which returned $115.

As the Hambletonian marks the unofficial mid-point in the stakes season, the standings for the Handicapper Shoot-Out at the mid-point are:

As of July 26, 2014 - Leg 19
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Bob Zanakis
$140.00
$3,000.70

2nd
Brandon Valvo
$50.00
$2,393.50
$607.20
3rd
Derick Giwner
$206.00
$623.17
$2,377.53
4th
Ray Garnett
($218.00)
$15.85
$2,984.85
5th
Mark McKelvie
($119.50)
($91.50)
$3,092.20
6th
Brian McEvoy
$7.50
($185.00)
$3,185.70
7th
Earl Paulson
($71.00)
($437.00)
$3,437.70
8th
Josi Verlingieri
($126.00)
($956.40)
$3,957.10
9th
Gordon Waterstone
$108.60
($989.30)
$3,990.00
10th
Ann Stepien
($189.00)
($1,020.11)
$4,020.81
11th
Garnet Barnsdale
($280.00)
($1,078.00)
$4,078.70
12th
Sally Hinckley
($400.00)
($1,325.00)
$4,325.70
13th
Rusty Nash
$160.00
($1,712.40)
$4,713.10
14th
Dennis O'Hara
$30.50
($2,097.70)
$5,098.40
15th
Ray Cotolo
$305.00
($3,398.40)
$6,399.10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
This week, the Grand Circuit Handicapper Shoot-Out visits Meadowlands Racing & Gaming for the Hambletonian Day card amongst which are the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, $352,050 Merrie Annabelle, $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial, $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship, $177,750 Lady Liberty, and $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial.  For more information regarding the handicapping contest, please visit http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stepien Week’s Champion in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

July 20, 2014 – Sebastian K’s defeat in the Maple Leaf Trot broke many a handicappers’ heart but Anne Stepien managed to play the race right and as a result is the weekly champion in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by having a net profit of $479.06 for the weekend, moving from 12th place to 10th.  Rusty Nash was second best with a net profit of $260 won in the Lawrence B. Sheppard ay Yonkers Raceway, moving up one slot to 13th place.  Although showing only a $5 profit for the week, Bob Zanakis remains in 1st place with an overall net profit of $2,860.70, $517.20 ahead of 2nd place Brandon Valvo.   

There were several key hits for the weekend.  Ray Garnett managed to break even for the weekend thanks to his three horse $10 Exacta Box ($60 total) in the Battle of Lake Erie, which paid $240.  Derick Giwner managed a symbolic $2 profit for the weekend thanks to his $80 Win wager in the Sheppard which paid $252.00.  Rusty Nash’s 2nd place finish came as a result of his $100 Win, Place ticket in the Sheppard which rewarded him with a $510 dividend.  The weekly champion, Ann Stepien managed to earn her victory wheeling Sebastian K in a $4 Key Exacta Box with 8 horses ($64), earning her $619.40.  Bob Zanakis made a $5 profit thanks to his $50 Win, Place ticket ($100) in the Yonkers stake which paid $255.00. 

Here are the standings after Saturday night’s action.

As of July 19, 2014 - Leg 18
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Bob Zanakis
$5.00
$2,860.70
2nd
Brandon Valvo
($210.00)
$2,343.50
$517.20
3rd
Derick Giwner
$2.00
$417.17
$2,443.53
4th
Ray Garnett
$0.00
$233.85
$2,626.85
5th
Mark McKelvie
($250.00)
$28.00
$2,832.70
6th
Brian McEvoy
$12.50
($192.50)
$3,053.20
7th
Earl Paulson
($250.00)
($366.00)
$3,226.70
8th
Garnet Barnsdale
($250.00)
($798.00)
$3,658.70
9th
Josi Verlingieri
($150.00)
($830.40)
$3,691.10
10th
Ann Stepien
$479.06
($831.11)
$3,691.81
11th
Sally Hinckley
($250.00)
($925.00)
$3,785.70
12th
Gordon Waterstone
($250.00)
($1,097.90)
$3,958.60
13th
Rusty Nash
$260.00
($1,872.40)
$4,733.10
14th
Dennis O'Hara
($250.00)
($2,128.20)
$4,988.90
15th
Ray Cotolo
($250.00)
($3,703.40)
$6,564.10




The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out visits the Meadows this weekend on Saturday, July 26, for the $400,000 Adios, $150,000 Adioo Volo, and the Arden Downs for 2yo pacers and 3yo trotters of both sexes. Further contest details may be found at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Zanakis and Barnsdale Explode in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

July 13, 2014 – Meadowlands Pace night provided six contest races for HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs and most of the handicappers availed themselves of more than one race to play but Bob Zanakis had the patience to wait until the Meadowlands Pace while Garnet Barnsdale decided to play only the first contest race, the Stanley Dancer Memorial.  Patience was the word as these two handicappers exploded last night with Zanakis using his weekly gain of $2,925.20 to jump from fifth place to first , while Barnsdale rung up a $1,040 profit to move from twelfth to eighth  place.  Six other handicappers showed positive results to a lesser degree for the weekend.

With Zanakis’ performance, he now shows a net profit for the contest of $2,855.70, leading previous leader Brandon Valvo by $302.20.  Zanakis unloaded on the Meadowlands Pace by earning $1,053.20 on the Meadowlands Pace Superfecta by playing $144 in $1 Supefecta tickets.  Zanakis earned $2,272 by playing $240 in $5 Trifecta tickets.  As for Barnsdale, he earned $1,440 by playing $400 on a an exacta of Father Patrick and Nuncio straight.  When the day was over, Barnsdale showed a contest net profit of -$548.

Other notable plays for the evening were successful.  Derick Giwner scored $180 by playing a $50 Exacta on the Stanley Dancer Memorial.  Ann Stepien’s $48 in $2 Trifecta tickets on the Meadowlands Pace paid a dividend of $454.40.  Handicapper Brandon Valvo played in the Stanley Dancer Memorial a $10 Exacta ($60 total) which paid $154; a $90 win wager in the William R. Haughton Memorial pad $180; a $100 win ticket on the Meadowlands Pace paid $310.  In the Del Miller Memorial, Josi Verlinigeri $100 place ticket paid $390 and  her $.50 Superfecta ($60 total) paid $313.50.

As a result of last night’s performance, the standings have had some movement.  Here are the standings after last night’s action.

As of July 12, 2014 - Leg 17
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Bob Zanakis
$2,925.20
$2,855.70

2nd
Brandon Valvo
$244.00
$2,553.50
$302.20
3rd
Derick Giwner
$20.00
$415.17
$2,440.53
4th
Mark McKelvie
($390.00)
$278.00
$2,577.70
5th
Ray Garnett
($275.50)
$233.85
$2,621.85
6th
Earl Paulson
$2.50
($116.00)
$2,971.70
7th
Brian McEvoy
$12.50
($205.00)
$3,060.70
8th
Garnet Barnsdale
$1,040.00
($548.00)
$3,403.70
9th
Sally Hinckley
($102.00)
($675.00)
$3,530.70
10th
Josi Verlingieri
$303.35
($680.40)
$3,536.10
11th
Gordon Waterstone
($292.00)
($847.90)
$3,703.60
12th
Ann Stepien
$398.83
($1,310.17)
$4,165.87
13th
Dennis O'Hara
($390.00)
($1,878.20)
$4,733.90
14th
Rusty Nash
($260.00)
($2,132.40)
$4,988.10
15th
Ray Cotolo
($352.00)
($3,453.40)
$6,309.10


The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out visits three tracks this Saturday, July 19, starting at Northfield Park for the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie.  The Shoot-Out then moves on to Yonkers Raceway for the $125,000 Lawrence B Sheppard for 2yos and Mohawk for the highly-anticipated $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot.  Further contest details may be found at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Monday, July 7, 2014

Valvo Stretches Lead in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

 July 7, 2014 – Handicapper Brandon Valvo joined the Ake Svandstedt Fan Club this week and as a result stretched his lead in HANA Harness’ Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs by showing a weekly net profit of $810 (overall net profit of $2,309.50) and increasing his lead over second place Mark McKelvie by over 200% to lead by $1,641,50,  Following closely behind was Ray Garnett, whose weekly net profit of $673.50 propelled him from 5th to 3rd place.  The two handicappers led a group of six handicappers who showed a positive return for the week.  After sixteen legs of the contest, only a quartet of handicappers is showing a positive return to date.

Valvo managed to earn his weekly profit with a $50 WPS (total of $150) ticket on Your So Vain which earned the astute handicapper a $665 dividend.  In addition, Valvo played a $10 Exacta 3-horse box ($60) which coupled Your So Vain with Bee A Magician to return $355.  As for Garnett, his success for the week can be attributed to a $2 Trifecta box of five horses ($120) which returned $735.80 and a four horse $5 Exacta box ($60) which paid $177.50.

Other handicappers with key plays were Gordon Waterstone whose $10 Exacta Wheel of Your So Vain ($130) returned a generous $355 and Bob Zanakis, whose $35 Win, Place ticket paid $399.

As of July 5, 2014 - Leg 16
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Brandon Valvo
$810.00
$2,309.50

2nd
Mark McKelvie
($250.00)
$668.00
$1,641.50
3rd
Ray Garnett
$673.30
$509.35
$1,800.15
4th
Derick Giwner
$73.60
$395.17
$1,914.33
5th
Bob Zanakis
$149.00
($69.50)
$2,379.00
6th
Earl Paulson
($150.00)
($118.50)
$2,428.00
7th
Brian McEvoy
$75.00
($217.50)
$2,527.00
8th
Gordon Waterstone
$118.00
($555.90)
$2,865.40
9th
Sally Hinckley
($180.00)
($573.00)
$2,882.50
10th
Josi Verlingieri
($244.00)
($983.75)
$3,293.25
11th
Dennis O'Hara
($246.00)
($1,488.20)
$3,797.70
12th
Garnet Barnsdale
($250.00)
($1,588.00)
$3,897.50
13th
Ann Stepien
($250.00)
($1,709.00)
$4,018.50
14th
Rusty Nash
($240.00)
($1,872.40)
$4,181.90
15th
Ray Cotolo
($250.00)
($3,101.40)
$5,410.90

  

The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out kicks into overdrive this Saturday, July 12 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment with the running of the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace (3yo Open pace), $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee (3yo filly pace), $312,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial (3yo Open trot), $211,000 Del Miller Memorial Trot (3yo filly trot), $463,300 William R. Haughton Memorial FFA (pace), $183,450 Golden Girls (FFA Mares pace), and potentially the $50,000 TVG FFA Trot if the race goes.