Sunday, September 18, 2016

Matt Rose Tops Weekly Honors in Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit ‘Cap Contest


(September 18, 2016) –  If the first three days of the current nine-day consecutive streak of racing in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park,  The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs is any indication, there may be some more bold made during the week.  For evidence of this, one only needs to look at Matt Rose, who is the top handicapper for the week with 433.4 points (871.18 pts total second half), who moved from fifth to first in the second half of the contest and from eighth to second place overall with a total of 1,942.35 points, behind overall leader Jay Hochstetler by 480.8 pts.

Taking the place position for the week is Russ Adams whose 254.83 points for the week (713.65 – second half; 1,894.58 overall) which lands him in third place overall while Bryan Owen picked up show honors with 146.65 points.

Rose can attribute his success this week primarily to his selection of Royal Charm in the final of the Elegantimage as the horse paid $67.50 to win and an eye-opening $122.20 place dividend on his way to earning a total of 379.93 points for his four bagger on Saturday (9/17) evening.

Adam’s big evening was Friday (9/16) night as he nailed four winners and a second place finisher in five races including Kindergarten Classic division winner Limerence ($37.80) on his way to a total of 167.28 points for the evening.
 
2nd Half and Overall Standings
Position
Handicapper
Points This Week
Total Points
Points Back
Overall Position
Overall Points
Overall Points Back
1st
Matt Rose
433.40
871.18
-
2nd
1973.23
460.33
2nd
Russ Adams
254.83
713.65
157.53
3rd
1894.58
538.98
3rd
Ray Garnett
82.05
669.25
201.93
11th
1458.03
975.53
4th
Jay Hochstetler (FHW)
103.88
644.45
226.73
1st
2433.55
-
5th
Sally Hinckley
96.33
608.30
262.88
4th
1778.18
655.38
6th
Bryan Owen
146.65
579.68
291.50
9th
1556.95
876.60
7th
Dennis O'Hara
112.75
503.20
367.98
7th
1680.10
753.45
8th
Adam Friedland
63.50
482.78
388.40
5th
1728.93
704.63
9th
Gordon Waterstone
56.83
463.80
407.38
8th
1632.28
801.28
10th
Mark Deutsch
32.00
436.98
434.20
12th
1415.18
1,018.38
11th
Michael Carter
76.20
427.65
443.53
10th
1520.20
913.35
12th
Rusty Nash
81.50
419.58
451.60
6th
1715.73
717.83
13th
Joe Bengston
69.30
378.60
492.58
14th
1293.95
1,139.60
14th
Anne Stepien
44.80
363.03
508.15
13th
1299.53
1,134.03
15th
Ray Cotolo
11.90
351.95
519.23
15th
1147.48
1,286.08



The handicappers will be busy this week as every day is contest day starting on Monday (9/19) with the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway.  The contest then returns to the Delaware County Fair for three more days of racing; Tuesday - The Standardbred (2yo filly trotters); Wednesday - The Standardbred (2yo filly pacers), The Buckette (3yo filly trotters), The Jugette (3yo filly pacers); Thursday - Little Brown Jug (3yo pacers), The Standardbred (2yo colt trotters), Ms. Versatility (mare trotters), and Old Oaken Bucket (3yo trotters).  Friday and Saturday brings the contest to Hoosier Park for the Kentuckiana Stallion Stakes for 2yo filly trotters on Friday, continuing on Saturday with the Kentuckiana for 2yo filly pacers, Centaur (open Trotters), Jennas Beach Boy (3yo colt pacers), The Elevation (2yo colt pacers), and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (3yo colt pacers).  The contest closes out Saturday evening with the Milton (filly and mare pacers) at Mohawk Racetrack.  


Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information such as the complete standings from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Garnett on Top in Second Half of Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit ‘Cap Contest


(September 11, 2016) –  While still the overall leader in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, for the first time in this year’s contest the name Jay Hochstetler is not on the top of the standings.  The honor of second half leader falls to Ray Garnett who leads Hochstetler by 46.63 points (587.2 pts vs. 540.58 pts).  While Garnett scored 226.56 points for the week, the weekly champion is DRF Harness’ Matt Rose who led the pack with 263.4 points.  Show honors went to Ray Cotolo who scored 155.9 for the week.

Friday night (9/9) belonged to Garnett who scored 182.35 point thanks to his quartet of winners which included Ms. Versatility winner My Happiness EP ($12.80) and Kindergarten Classic division winners Southwind Prius ($7.60), Explosive Ridge ($30.00), and Dream Baby Dream ($13.00).  Matt Rose had a trio of winners tallying 145.1 points by tabbing Hillarmbro ($18.00) and the previously mentioned Explosive Ridge and Dream Baby Dream.

Ray Cotolo was the top handicapper on Saturday evening (9/10) with a trio of winners.  Contributing to his 118.4 points were Kindergarten Classic winner Jenny’s Terror ($13.60) and at Mohawk Raceway, Champlain Division winner Blameitonthenight ($17.90).  Just behind Cotolo was Hochstetler with a quintet of winners totaling 112.8 points.   
  
2nd Half and Overall Standings
Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back
1st Ray Garnett 226.60 587.20 - 12th 1375.98 953.70
2nd Jay Hochstetler (FHW) 130.50 540.58 46.63 1st 2329.68 -
3rd Sally Hinckley 119.50 511.98 75.23 2nd 1681.85 647.83
4th Russ Adams 107.85 458.83 128.38 4th 1639.75 689.93
5th Matt Rose 263.40 437.78 149.43 8th 1539.83 789.85
6th Bryan Owen 87.50 433.03 154.18 10th 1410.30 919.38
7th Adam Friedland 173.00 419.28 167.93 3rd 1665.43 664.25
8th Gordon Waterstone 102.40 406.98 180.23 6th 1575.45 754.23
9th Mark Deutsch 55.20 404.98 182.23 11th 1383.18 946.50
10th Dennis O'Hara  67.05 390.45 196.75 7th 1567.35 762.33
11th Michael Carter  0.00 351.45 235.75 9th 1444.00 885.68
12th Ray Cotolo 155.90 340.05 247.15 15th 1135.58 1,194.10
13th Rusty Nash 109.60 338.08 249.13 5th 1634.23 695.45
14th Anne Stepien 68.80 318.23 268.98 13th 1254.73 1,074.95
15th Joe Bengston 60.20 309.30 277.90 14th 1224.65 1,105.03

The HANA Handicappers begin a marathon with contest races for nine straight days.  This week’s races are Friday night’s Kindergarten Classic splits for 2yo trotters while Saturday evening races are Kindergarten Classic tilts for 2yo pacers at the Meadowlands and Mohawk’s William Wellwood (2yo trotters), Peaceful Way (2yo filly trotters), Canadian Trotting Classic (3yos), Elegantimage (3yo filly trotters), and Maple Leaf Trot (Open).  Sunday, the handicappers take their first stab at the Delaware County Fair with the Standardbred for 2yo colt and gelding trotters.

Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information such as the complete standings from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Owen Takes Weekly Honors, Hinckley Sneaking up in Grand Circuit ‘Cap Contest


(September 5, 2016) –  While there were four contest dates this week in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, Bryan Owen needed only Friday night to vault to a commanding victory this week.  While Jay Hochstetler remains entrenched with his overall lead, Sally Hinckley has steadily inched up from fourteenth place to second place in the season-long contest. 

Owen swept the four races on Friday evening at Mohawk, including Signal Hill ($55.60) in the Champlain which earned him 127.58 points out of his 271.48 points for the week.  Owen point total is over 140 points ahead of Sally Hinckley’s 129.93 points.  Dennis O’Hara landed the show spot with 123.28 points.

Unlike the first half of the contest, Hochstetler is engaged in a real battle for second half honors as his total of 410.08 points is only 17.6 points ahead of the surging Hinckley.  Ray Garnett is 49.48 points behind the leader.   

Thanks to his first half dominance, Hochstetler’s 2,199.18 points overall are 636.83 points ahead of the previously mentioned Hinckley.  Russ Adams is in third, 667.28 points behind.

2nd Half and Overall Standings
Position
Handicapper
Points This Week
Total Points
Points Back
Overall Position
Overall Points
Overall Points Back
1st
Jay Hochstetler (FHW)
102.55
410.08
-
1st
2199.18
-
2nd
Sally Hinckley
129.93
392.48
17.60
2nd
1562.35
636.83
3rd
Ray Garnett
147.25
360.60
49.48
14th
1149.38
1,049.80
4th
Michael Carter
91.60
351.45
58.62
8th
1444.00
755.18
5th
Russ Adams
86.93
350.98
59.10
3rd
1531.90
667.28
6th
Mark Deutsch
108.00
349.78
60.30
9th
1327.98
871.20
7th
Bryan Owen
271.48
345.53
64.55
10th
1322.80
876.38
8th
Dennis O'Hara
123.28
323.40
86.68
5th
1500.30
698.88
9th
Gordon Waterstone
77.00
304.58
105.50
7th
1473.05
726.13
10th
Anne Stepien
74.23
249.43
160.65
12th
1185.93
1,013.25
11th
Joe Bengston
74.40
249.10
160.98
13th
1164.45
1,034.73
12th
Adam Friedland
46.58
246.28
163.80
6th
1492.43
706.75
13th
Rusty Nash
82.35
228.48
181.60
4th
1524.63
674.55
14th
Ray Cotolo
75.60
184.15
225.93
15th
979.68
1,219.50
15th
Matt Rose
64.95
174.38
235.70
11th
1276.43
922.75


With the Meadowlands resuming action with a two-week mini-meet, the Grand Circuit contest continues with Kindergarten action on Friday and Saturday along with a leg of the Ms. Versatility.   In addition, Scioto Downs closing night features are the Jim Ewart and Chip Noble Memorials.

Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information such as the complete standings from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.