Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Adams Takes Lead in Hambletonian Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

(May 9, 2017) –   With three legs and eight races contested in the Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge this past week, the possibility of the standings being shuffled existed and it turned out to be the case.  Once the dust settled Russ Adams moved up two places to claim the lead with a total of 328.12 points versus Rusty Nash’s 315.  Last week’s leader Matt Rose fell back to third with a total of 267.63 points. 

The key to this past week was Saturday’s (May 6) races at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands.  Favorites ruled the day and Adams and Terry Wilson jumped on the bandwagon, both tabbing five out of six winners.  While each had five winners, Adams’ selections paid $1.50 more than Wilson’s which allowed him to claim the lead. 

With the overwhelming majority of handicappers selecting Hannelore Hanover in the Miami Valley Distaff Trot on Sunday (May 7), none of the handicappers selected the winner Charmed Life.  The best the handicappers could do is pick up the crumbs with Hannelore’s second-place finish which meant having to settle for a net loss of $1.70 

Monday (May 8) afternoon was the opposite of Sunday’s outcome as Lady Shadow ($3.40) didn’t disappoint in the Chip Noble Memorial Pace.  While seven handicappers had the winner, it was Rusty Nash, the lone handicapper who selected second place Divas Image whose ($16.40, $7.80) dividends easily topped the favorite’s payoffs allowing him to finish in front for the day

Standings as of Monday, May 8, 2017 - Leg #15
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points Earned
Legs Won
Overall Net Profit
1st
Russ Adams
328.12
4
4.00
2nd
Rusty Nash
315.00
4
60.00
3rd
Matt Rose
267.63
3
7.80
4th
Gordon Waterstone
204.36
2
(54.60)
5th
Bryan Owen
181.23
2
(39.90)
6th
Ray Garnett
172.36
2
(25.70)
7th
Megan Maccario
171.98
2
(68.00)
8th
Steve Horoky
167.52
1
(61.90)
9th
Michael Carter
166.36
2
(69.90)
10th
Dennis O’Hara
156.12
2
(70.20)
11th
Jay Hochstetler
145.36
1
(34.80)
12th
Terry Wilson
136.36
1
(85.50)
13th
Adam Friedland
119.91
0
(35.20)
14th
Anne Stepien
108.09
1
(96.90)
15th
Sally Hinckley
106.59
1
(96.60)
16th
Ray Cotolo
86.00
0
(31.90)




Next Up:  Monday was the lone race for the week so with no contest races this weekend, the focus is on May 20 when the Graduate series kicks off at the Meadowlands.  The following week features the Ms. Versatility (Mohawk, May 22); Molson Pace (Western Fair District, May 26); Lismore and Art Rooney (Yonkers, May 27); Betsy Ross and Maxie Lee Memorial (Harrah’s Philadelphia, May 28).

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, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  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;//hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rose on Top Heading into By-week of Hambletonian GC Handicapping Contest

(April 23, 2017) –   With the Matchmaker and Levy Series in the books, the 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge heads into the first by-week with Matt Rose maintaining a slight lead over Rusty Nash with a score of 251.63 vs. 246.00.  Both handicappers have three leg victories each, accounting for six of the twelve legs contested thus far. While Rose leads in total points, Nash reverses the standings with regards to net profit, $51.40 vs. $32.40. 

For this past week, a quadruple dead-heat for the Friday (4/21) leg occurred as Russ Adams, Steve Horoky, Megan Maccario, and Dennis O’Hara each successfully picked Da Magician ($4.50) as the winner of Fraser Down’s Kenny Linton Memorial, a bonus race on the calendar.  On Saturday (4/22), Michael Carter was the sole leg winner as he tabbed three of the five winners on the contest card; Hidden Land ($9.50) in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Consolation; Clear Vision ($8.40) in the George Morton Levy Memorial Consolation; Yoga Pants ($2.30) in the Penny Bath Memorial (from Fraser Downs, another bonus race).   



Standings as of Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Leg #12
Pos
Handicapper
Total Points Earned
Legs Won
Overall Net Profit
1st
Matt Rose
251.63
3
32.40
2nd
Rusty Nash
246.00
3
51.40
3rd
Russ Adams
231.89
2
(8.20)
4th
Gordon Waterstone
163.13
1
(52.30)
5th
Ray Garnett
149.27
1
0.60
6th
Megan Maccario
148.89
1
(49.80)
7th
Steve Horoky
146.38
1
(37.30)
8th
Michael Carter
143.27
1
(54.20)
9th
Bryan Owen
143.14
1
(37.70)
10th
Dennis O’Hara
122.89
1
(56.80)
11th
Jay Hochstetler
106.13
0
(34.70)
12th
Adam Friedland
88.77
0
(25.60)
13th
Ray Cotolo
82.00
0
(0.50)
14th
Sally Hinckley
80.50
0
(85.60)
15th
Anne Stepien
80.00
0
(83.30)
16th
Terry Wilson
65.13
0
(96.20)




Next Up:  Six straight weeks of racing at Yonkers Raceway earns the handicappers a well-deserved week off before the Grand Circuit becomes the traveling road show it has always been known for.  The contest resumes with a three-day stand (May 6-8) with Saturday action from Freehold Raceway with the kick-off of the Road to the Hambletonian as the finals of the Lady Suffolk (3yo filly trot) and Dexter Cup (3yo open trot) are contested.  Contest action continues in the evening at the Meadowlands with the AJ Cutler Memorial (Open trot) and the first leg of the Graduate series (4yo open pace) on the docket.  Sunday and Monday has the Miami Valley Distaffs scheduled with Sunday featuring 4yo and older mare trotters; Monday the 4yo and older mare pacers.  Following these races, there will be a final by-week after which there is contest action every week until the contest’s conclusion.

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, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment.  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;//hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.