February 28, 2016 – The 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, presented by HANA Harness is pleased to announce its prize fund this year currently stands at a record $5,250. The prize fund, which comprises of donations by harness racing-related entities, is used for donations to standardbred rescues designated by the top three handicappers at the end of the competition or in the case of Canadian Sponsors, donated to a rescue in the name of the contest winner. New this year is a $250 donation to the handicappers who have the best record in the first and second halves of the contest.
The Handicapping Challenge begins with the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers Raceway on March 18 and concludes with the Progress Pace at Dover Downs on November 28. The complete contest schedule may be found here.
HANA Harness would like to thank the following organizations for being prize fund sponsors for this year’s challenge; our Gold Sponsors DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and our Silver Sponsor Eldorado Gaming-Scioto Downs.
There is still time to become a sponsor for this year’s contest. Tracks, horsemen associations, and companies connected to harness racing are welcome to become sponsors. If interested in becoming a sponsor, contact email@example.com for additional information.