Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rescue Selections Made for 2017 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

New Handicappers and Canadian Rescues Added

(March 8, 2017) – With a little over a week to go before the first leg of the 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, this year’s handicappers have made their selections of rescues to represent, attempting to win needed funds for their deserving groups. 

With former participants ‘retiring’ from the handicapping challenge, three new handicappers join the fray.  Steve Horoky has been a fan for long time, getting actively involved by claiming his first horse at Hiawatha Park in Sarnia before concluding his active career in the sport as an owner/trainer at the old Windsor Raceway.  Megan Maccario was born into the industry as her family has been long time owners racing in New York and New Jersey.  Megan is currently the lead harness and New York thoroughbred racing correspondent for Pick Insider.   Lastly, Terry Wilson, a former owner of standardbreds for 30 years on the Ontario circuit is now pleased to be ‘just a fan’.  All three are hoping to make a big splash in their debuts.

With additional Canadian sponsorship, each handicapper has selected an American Standardbred rescue in addition to a Canadian adoption society to represent as Canadian sponsorship fees will now be distributed in the same manner as American funds; donations going to the rescues of the top three handicappers.  The Canadian adoption societies Galahad, Greener Acres, Morningstar Acres, Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, Performance Standardbreds, and Sadies Place span Canada from New Brunswick to British Columbia.  A new American rescue, Future for Standardbreds makes its debut this year, joining the returning American rescues.  Some rescues handle more than standardbreds; all donations are marked for Standardbred rescue use only.

The following is a list of handicappers along with their respective rescues.  Fans are encouraged to learn more about these rescues and to consider making a donation to one or more of them.

American Rescue
Canadian Rescue
Russ Adams
Michael Carter
Ray Cotolo
Adam Friedland
Ray Garnett
Greener Pastures
Sally Hinckley
Jay Hochstetler
Steve Horoky
Megan Maccario
Rusty Nash
Greener Pastures
Dennis O'Hara
Bryan Owen
Matt Rose
Anne Stepien
Gordon Waterstone
Terry Wilson

Last Call for Sponsors:  Time is running out on becoming a sponsor.  Sponsorship opportunities levels are available for as low as $100.  Those still considering to become a sponsor are encouraged to do so quickly. Information about sponsorship may be found at

Next Up:  The 2017 challenge opens up on Friday, March 17 with the opening leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway.  The action continues Saturday evening with the opening leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at the Hilltop oval.

The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored by Adam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and Wellbourne Farms.  The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America.  Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//