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.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hinckley Tops for Week; Valvo Retakes Lead in HANA Harness Grand Circuit Shoot-Out

June 29, 2014 – Sally Hinckley was the top handicapper this 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 net profit of $296.80.  While Hinckley was top dog for the week, Brandon Valvo retakes the overall lead in the competition thanks to his overall net profit of $1499.50 and Mark McKelvie’s stumble which allowed Valvo to reverse a $14.50 deficit into a lead of $581.50.  In addition to Hinckley and Valvo, Garnet Barnsdale, Ray Garnett and two other handicappers had a positive return for the week meaning seven handicappers improved their overall earnings in the contest this week.

Sally Hinckley profited with trifecta hits in both the Max C. Hempt and Earl Beal Jr. Memorials.  In the Hempt, a $10 three-horse trifecta box ($60 total) returned $194 while in the Beal, $144 in various trifecta plays returned $426.80.  Barnsdale laid it all on the line playing Mcwicked to win for $400 to receive a $600 payoff.  Ray Cotolo avoided a shut out with a $50 win ticket on Doo Wop Hanover in the Hempt Consolation, paying $175.  Ray Garnett’s $10 exacta box ($60) returned a dividend of $157 in the James M. Lynch Memorial while putting four horses under Sweet Lou in a $40 exacta ($160) in the Ben Franklin FFA returned $428. 

In the Franklin, Dennis O’Hara played a $10 trifecta key ($120) which returned $293.  Earl Paulson had several winners and his $40 win plays in the Lynch Consolation and Final paid $124 and $104, respectively.  Brandon Valvo $50 win-place ticket in the Lynch returned $215 while his three horse $10 exacta box ($60) paid $157. Josi Verlingieri was heard from as well with a $50 win ticket in the Lynch Consolation paying $155.
As of June 28, 2014 - Leg 15
Pos
Handicapper
Week Gain
Net Profit
Behind
1st
Brandon Valvo
$196.00
$1,499.50

2nd
Mark McKelvie
($400.00)
$918.00
$581.50
3rd
Derick Giwner
($389.00)
$321.57
$1,177.93
4th
Earl Paulson
$112.00
$31.50
$1,468.00
5th
Ray Garnett
$197.00
($163.95)
$1,663.45
6th
Bob Zanakis
($284.00)
($218.50)
$1,718.00
7th
Brian McEvoy
$10.00
($292.50)
$1,792.00
8th
Sally Hinckley
$296.80
($393.00)
$1,892.50
9th
Gordon Waterstone
$29.30
($673.90)
$2,173.40
10th
Josi Verlingieri
($221.00)
($739.75)
$2,239.25
11th
Dennis O'Hara
($64.60)
($1,242.20)
$2,741.70
12th
Garnet Barnsdale
$200.00
($1,338.00)
$2,837.50
13th
Ann Stepien
($200.10)
($1,459.00)
$2,958.50
14th
Rusty Nash
($40.00)
($1,632.40)
$3,131.90
15th
Ray Cotolo
($129.40)
($2,851.40)
$4,350.90

The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out continues this Saturday, July 5, with the inaugural $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.  Following this coming week, the action picks up as stakes season goes into overdrive.