Rules

1.   Handicappers may use whatever handicapping method they wish and may change during the contest.  However, they are expected to their own selections whether derived by computer program or pen.  If determined selections were purchased or provided elsewhere, the handicapper may be disqualified.


2.   There is no entry fee to participate, only a commitment to compete throughout the contest period.   The winner is entitled to bragging rights and to have a donation made to the standardbred rescue of their choice by the contest sponsors from a list of designated rescues.  Donations will also be made to the rescues of those who finish second and third.  The rescue will be selected prior to the contest beginning and may not change.  Each handicapper will select a different rescue with the selection being made in the reverse order of the handicapper’s finish last year (last chooses first).  New handicappers will select their rescue after those who participated last year made their selections.  In the event there are more competitors than approved rescues, a second person may select the same rescue as someone else once all rescues have at least one supporter.


3.   Prize fund.  The prize fund will come from donations by  sponsors.  There are three levels of sponsorship.   Gold level sponsors have committed to divide their donations between the rescues selected by the top three winners with 50% going to the first place finisher's rescue; 35% to the second place finisher's rescue and 15% to the third place finisher's rescue. Silver and Bronze sponsors have the option to make their donation to the  winning handicapper's selected rescue or may decide to make a donation to a local standardbred rescue of their choice in honor of the winning handicapper.   In special circumstances, a gold level sponsor may make application to designate their entire donation to a specific standardbred rescue in honor of the contest winner. 

     Should there be any Canadian sponsor, their donation will be made to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society or a local standardbred rescue of their choice in the name of winning handicapper.

All payments of prize funds will be made directly by the sponsors.  Under no circumstances will any prize monies be paid out to winning handicappers.  HANA Harness cannot take responsibility for the sponsors failing to make payment.


4.   It will be the responsibility of the handicapper to obtain handicapping materials such as programs at their own expense. 


5.   Races being used in this contest are races on the Grand Circuit.  Only finals or races which are divided into separate divisions will be used.  Consolation races where entries are determined solely by seeding based on earnings may be included.  In the event of same day eliminations, such as the Little Brown Jug or Hambletonian, elimination races will be handicapped, not the finals.  Grand Circuit races being conducted at venues without pari-mutuel wagering are excluded. 


6.   In the event divisions of a race carried over to another day due to the number of divisions required, only those divisions contested on the stated contest date are eligible for contest wagering.  Divisions contested on the other days are disregarded.


7.   Any stakes race cancelled or declared a non-wagering event will be disregarded for purposes of this contest.  If practical, a race rescheduled to another day will be included in the competition.


8.   Any horse barred from wagering will be disregarded for wagering purposes.


9.   On each contest day, the handicapper will make fictional $2 win, place, and show wagers on one horse in each specified race of the day. At the end of the day, the handicapper will be credited with points to be added to their previous total.  One dollar will equal one point.


10.   Calculating the daily point total.  For each winning pick (horse finishes first), the handicapper’s daily multiplier will be increased by one (there will be no fractional credit to the multiplier; a dead heat is the same as a horse winning by itself).  For winning selections, the handicapper will be credited with the win, place, and show dividend added together, multiplied by the daily multiplier.  For selections where the horse didn’t win, any place or show dividend earned will be credited to the handicapper’s total without being multiplied by the daily multiplier.

     If place or show wagering is not offered in a race, it will be disregarded for purposes of calculating the total number of points.


11.   In the event of a scratch, the selection will be substituted with the post time favorite.  If a handicapper doesn’t make a selection in a race, it will be considered a 'no play'.


12.   The contest winner will be the individual with the highest total of points at the end of the contest.  In the event of a tie, the contest winner will be the handicapper who earned the most points in the last leg.  If there is still a tie, it will be the handicapper who earned the most points in the next to last leg and so forth until a winner is selected. 


13.  Selections must be made with wagering numbers and names. 


14.  Selections are to be submitted by 5:00pm ET the day before race day.  In special circumstances, arrangements may be made to permit selections to be submitted no later than 12:01am Eastern time the day of the race.  Selections provided after the deadline will be considered as not being made, resulting in no plays being made for the handicapper on that particular day.


15. USTA posted prices will be used for calculating fictional pay-offs.  For Canadian events, Standardbred Canada's posted prices will be used. 


16.  A contest week runs from Monday thru Sunday.  Any errors in the recording of wagers or calculations of individual payoffs must be reported no later than 11:59pm on the Monday following the contest week.  For example, any errors for the week of Monday, June 17 through Sunday, June 23 must be reported by 11:59PM on Monday, June 24.    If the last stakes race of the contest falls on a day other than Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the deadline for reporting errors will be 48 hours after the last race in the contest.  Results posted prior to the deadline are deemed preliminary and will be marked accordingly.  Once the results are marked official after the deadline, the results for the preceding week will be deemed final and may not be changed.


17.  Any situations not covered by the above rules or disputes will be ruled on by HANA Harness.  Their decision shall be final.  By participating in this contest, contestants agree the decisions made by HANA Harness are final and may not be appealed to outside bodies.