Saturday, October 18, 2014

O’Hara Prevails in Tough Week of Handicapping Shoot-Out

October 18, 2014 – Dennis O’Hara was able to battle his way through a tough evening at Maywood Park to come out ahead for the week with a net profit of $382 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.  How tough a week was it?  The only other handicapper to come out ahead was Brian McEvoy who eked out a $7.50 net profit. 

O’Hara can attribute his victory this week on his ‘all in’ bet on The Galt Stake by investing $240 on $20 Superfecta combinations which returned a $622 dividend.  Clearly, it was a week the vast majority of handicappers are happy to put behind them as they turn the page and look forward to the racing action at Dayton Raceway, Yonkers Raceway, and Woodbine Racetrack this weekend.

Despite coming out on the negative side this week, Mark McKelvie remains the overall leader with a net profit of $1,922, leading second-place Bob Zanakis ($1,539.35) by $382.65.  In the third position is Josi Verlingieri ($223.85)..   

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

As of October 17, 2014 - Leg 44
Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind
1st Mark McKelvie ($150.00) $1,922.00  
2nd Bob Zanakis ($184.50) $1,539.35 $382.65
3rd Josi Verlingieri ($50.00) $223.85 $1,698.15
4th Brian McEvoy $7.50 ($371.50) $2,293.50
5th Brandon Valvo ($250.00) ($455.00) $2,377.00
6th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($664.70) $2,586.70
7th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($1,071.30) $2,993.30
8th Rusty Nash ($250.00) ($1,077.86) $2,999.86
9th Derick Giwner ($65.00) ($2,027.23) $3,949.23
10th Earl Paulson ($250.00) ($3,168.00) $5,090.00
11th Ray Garnett ($96.00) ($3,601.30) $5,523.30
12th Anne Stepien ($242.80) ($3,952.43) $5,874.43
13th Dennis O'Hara  $382.00 ($4,036.65) $5,958.65
14th Sally Hinckley ($250.00) ($4,202.40) $6,124.40
15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($7,848.40) $9,770.40


This week the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out is in action both Friday with Dayton Raceway’s Pacing and Trotting Derbies and Saturday evening with the Final Four stakes at Woodbine and the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes leading the Grand Circuit action at the Old Hilltop along with the International Prep which features the return match-up of Commander Crowe and Sebastian K on North American soil. The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                                                                                                                                   

Sunday, October 12, 2014

McKelvie Takes the Lead in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

October 12, 2014 – This past week, 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 began a two week stay in Chi-Town with the American Nationals at Balmoral Park.  Handicappers had their choice of eleven races to play and by the time the dust settled on the evening’s races, Mark McKelvie romped to victory for the week with a net profit of $1,412 more than $1,200 over his nearest competitor and took the overall lead ($2,072) from Bob Zanakis ($1,7233.85) by a total of $348.15.  In addition to McKelvie, those handicappers with a profit for the week were Rusty Nash ($187.50), Sally Hinckley ($132.50), Derick Giwner ($86), and Brian McEvoy ($12.50).

McKelvie’s breakout race was the American National for 3yo pacing fillies thank to his $20 Win and Place wager on Precious Beauty which paid a handsome $400 return for the $40 wager.  In addition to the wager on the race winner, McKelvie had a $20 3-horse Exacta box ($120 total) which returned a generous $1,412.

Hinckley went positive for the week thank to her $30 3-horse Trifecta key ($180) in the American National for 3yo trotting colts and geldings which paid a $318 dividend.  Nash had 3 winners out of the 4 races, with his best returns coming in the American National for 3yo filly trotters ($150 Win on Shake it Cerry returning $270) and for 4yo and up trotters ($50 Win on Creatine paying $160).  Giwner’s big hits came in the consolation for 3yo colt and gelding pace where a $100 Exacta paid $300 and in the American National for 3yo trotting fillies where his $60 Exacta play returned $186.


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

As of October 11, 2014 - Leg 43
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Mark McKelvie
$1,412.00
$2,072.00
2nd
Bob Zanakis
($115.80)
$1,723.85
$348.15
3rd
Josi Verlingieri
($271.00)
$273.85
$1,798.15
4th
Brandon Valvo
($250.00)
($205.00)
$2,277.00
5th
Brian McEvoy
$12.50
($379.00)
$2,451.00
6th
Garnet Barnsdale
($400.00)
($414.70)
$2,486.70
7th
Gordon Waterstone
$0.00
($821.30)
$2,893.30
8th
Rusty Nash
$187.50
($827.86)
$2,899.86
9th
Derick Giwner
$86.00
($1,962.23)
$4,034.23
10th
Earl Paulson
($400.00)
($2,918.00)
$4,990.00
11th
Ray Garnett
($382.20)
($3,505.30)
$5,577.30
12th
Anne Stepien
($160.40)
($3,709.63)
$5,781.63
13th
Sally Hinckley
$132.50
($3,952.40)
$6,024.40
14th
Dennis O'Hara
($214.75)
($4,418.65)
$6,490.65
15th
Ray Cotolo
$0.00
($7,598.40)
$9,670.40


This week the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out remains in Illinois for stakes action at Maywood Park featuring the $190,000 Windy City Pace for 3 year old colts and geldings, $70,000 Cinderella Stake (3 year old pacing fillies), $92,000 Galt Stakes for 3year old colt and gelding trotters, and the $50,000 Abe Lincoln for 2 year old colt and gelding pacers.   The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                                                                                                                                       

Monday, October 6, 2014

Giwner Claws Out Weekly Win in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

October 6, 2014 – The second week of the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile was a frustrating one for the handicappers, yet by the time the last race for the year at the Red Mile concluded, Derick Giwner was the last man standing as he clawed out weekly honors 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 with a net profit of $258.  How tough a week was it?  The only other player with a positive return on investment was Brian McEvoy who managed a net profit of $67.50.  Overall leader Bob Zanakis, who despite his net loss of $246.50 for the week, managed with his contest to date net profit of $1,839.65 to lengthen his lead to $1,179.65 over second place Mark McKelvie with Josi Verlingieri and Brandon Valvo right behind in third and fourth place respectively.

On Thursday (October 2), it became clear this was not going to be a breakout week as the day ended with Anne Stepien ($90 net profit), Rusty Nash ($83), and Brian McEvoy ($30) showing modest profits with the majority of handicappers losing most, if not all of their daily bankrolls. Stepien came out ahead on the first day thanks to her $20 WPS ticket ($60 total) on first division winner, Flirty Filly, in the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2yo filly trotters which returned $266 while Nash made his net profit with a $20 win/place ticket ($40) on Flirty Filly returning $222.00.

On Friday, Verilingieri and Giwner showed signs of coming to life with respective daily net profits of $215 and $164.  In the third division of the ISS for 2yo trotting colts, Verilingieri’s $85 win ticket on race winner Pinkman paid $425 while Giwner coupled the race winner with Billy Flynn to form a winning $40 exacta ticket which returned $384.

Saturday belonged to Earl Paulson ($150) and Bob Zanakis ($125).  Paulson’s profit was made on a single wager on the second division of The Tattersalls when his $250 win play on Jk Endofanera returned $400.  Zanakis earned a $125 profit on the second division of the ISS for 2yo colt pacers by playing a $250 win ticket on Lost For Words.

Sunday’s finale was a case of recovery for handicappers Ray Garnett ($628) and Gordon Waerstone ($295) and sealing victory by Giwner ($391).  Garnett’s profit came on a single wager, a $20 Exacta box of four horses in the Allerage Farms Open which turned a $240 investment into a $868 return thanks to State Treasurer finishing ahead of Foiled Again.  Giwner’s daily profit came from a $5 Trifecta Key ($100 total) on the first division of the Allerage F&M Open returning $641.  Waterstone’s was heard from in the second division of the Allerage F&M stake when his $150 win, $100 place wagers on Yagonnakissmeornot returning $545.


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

As of October 5, 2014 - Leg 42
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Bob Zanakis
($246.50)
$1,839.65

2nd
Mark McKelvie
($690.00)
$660.00
$1,179.65
3rd
Josi Verlingieri
($388.20)
$544.85
$1,294.80
4th
Brandon Valvo
($700.00)
$45.00
$1,794.65
5th
Garnet Barnsdale
($726.00)
($14.70)
$1,854.35
6th
Brian McEvoy
$67.50
($391.50)
$2,231.15
7th
Gordon Waterstone
($198.00)
($821.30)
$2,660.95
8th
Rusty Nash
($580.60)
($1,015.36)
$2,855.01
9th
Derick Giwner
$258.00
($2,048.23)
$3,887.88
10th
Earl Paulson
($600.00)
($2,518.00)
$4,357.65
11th
Ray Garnett
($92.00)
($3,123.10)
$4,962.75
12th
Anne Stepien
($359.52)
($3,549.23)
$5,388.88
13th
Sally Hinckley
($1,000.00)
($4,084.90)
$5,924.55
14th
Dennis O'Hara
($854.00)
($4,203.90)
$6,043.55
15th
Ray Cotolo
($1,000.00)
($7,598.40)
$9,438.05
                                                                                   
This week the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out heads to Illinois for American-National Saturday.   As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.                                                                                                                                                                                           


Monday, September 29, 2014

It’s the Garnet Barnsdale Show in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

September 29, 2014 – The first stanza of the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile is in the books and for the week, it was the Garnet Barnsdale Show 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 plays in the 2nd and 3rd days of the meet.  Barnsdale was hot this week, earning a weekly net profit of $3,254 to bring his overall net profit to $711.30, leapfrogging from 11th place to 5th place in the thick of things as he is now only $1,356.85 behind overall leader Bob Zanakis whose overall net profit is $2,086.15, just $718.15 ahead of 2nd place Mark McKelvie.  Josi Verlingieri sits in 3rd place with Brandon Valvo and the aforementioned Barnsdale within $250 of her.

Day 1 of The Red Mile meet was a tough challenge for all the handicappers with Verlingieri being the only handicapper to score a significant profit of $155 thanks to a $150 win ticket on the winner of the 4th division of the Bluegrass stakes for 2yo filly trotters as Bee The Queen returned a $405 dividend.

Day 2 and 3 of the meet was all Barnsdale.  On the 2nd day of the meet, Barnsdale earned a net profit of $1,405 thanks to his wagers in the 1st division of the Bluegrass stakes for 2yo filly pacers.  A $200 exacta of Better Be Steppin and Hillary’s Style returned him $720 while a $50 trifecta including Rock Her World for third return $935.  Dennis O’Hara had a daily profit of $175 while Gordon Waterstone earned $100. 

On the 3rd day of the meet, Barnsdale increased his net profit by $2,349 in the 3rd division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2yo colt pacers.  A $40 superfecta partial wheel ($240 total ticket) of Art Speak-Sicily-Traceur Hanover-Blood Brother returned a dividend of $2,252 while a straight $10 trifecta paid $347.  Also rans on day 3 were Verlingieri with a $250 net profit and Rusty Nash with a $178.50 net thanks to winning exactas in the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt pacers and the FFA pacers at Scioto Downs in the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace.  Derick Giwner earned $112 for the day.

The final day of the 1st stanza of The Red Mile meet was a tough day for all and the only winner of note was Rusty Nash whose $119 net profit was fueled by a $15 trifecta key ($90) in the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt trotters which paid $369.

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

As of September 28, 2014 - Leg 38
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Bob Zanakis
($863.20)
$2,086.15

2nd
Mark McKelvie
($560.00)
$1,350.00
$718.15
3rd
Josi Verlingieri
($95.00)
$933.05
$1,135.10
4th
Brandon Valvo
($970.00)
$745.00
$1,323.15
5th
Garnet Barnsdale
$3,254.00
$711.30
$1,356.85
6th
Rusty Nash
$8.00
($434.76)
$2,502.91
7th
Brian McEvoy
$100.00
($459.00)
$2,527.15
8th
Gordon Waterstone
$77.00
($623.30)
$2,691.45
9th
Earl Paulson
($727.50)
($1,918.00)
$3,986.15
10th
Derick Giwner
($282.00)
($2,306.23)
$4,374.38
11th
Ray Garnett
($448.00)
($3,031.10)
$5,099.25
12th
Sally Hinckley
($643.00)
($3,084.90)
$5,153.05
13th
Ann Stepien
($590.80)
($3,189.71)
$5,257.86
14th
Dennis O'Hara
($555.00)
($3,349.90)
$5,418.05
15th
Ray Cotolo
($750.00)
($6,598.40)
$8,666.55


                                                                                   
This week, the second stanza of the Red Mile meet is the focus of the handicapping challenge with Thursday racing featuring the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2yo filly trotters.  Friday’ contests include the ISS for 2yo colt trotters and filly pacers.  Saturday’s tilts include the ISS for 2yo colt pacers and the Garnsey Memorial for 3yo filly pacers in addition to the Tatersalls for 3yo open pacers.  Closing day in Lexington features a quartet of races, the first heat of the Kentucky Futurity and Kentucky Filly Futurity plus older horses in the Allerage for 3yo open trotters and pacers as well as their corresponding filly and mare stakes.   As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com