The mantle for the weekly leader in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, sponsored by Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs was turned over to Horseman and Fair World’s Gordon Waterstone.
He topped all handicappers this past week with a net gain of $295 for the four day Red Mile stand which allowed him to move up two positions in the contest.
Waterstone was one of two climbers in the standings this past week, the other being Rusty Nash whose gain of nearly $89 was good enough to move him into third place within striking range of second place. Overall contest leader status remains with Richard Scott who despite having a losing week managed to open his lead slightly on Garnet Barnsdale.
Steady going was the name of the game for Waterstone for he largely depended on modest hits to allow him to take advantage of the two key hits which was important considering the final day was marred with less than ideal weather conditions.
After a busy couple of weeks, the handicappers get a light week with respect to the contest with the two Hanover Stakes at Balmoral Park on Sunday being the only races on the contest docket week. As always, fans may follow the contest, including obtaining the handicappers selections at hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.
Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on Oct. 6, 2013:
Position-Name-Week Gain-Net Profit-Behind-Last Position-Days Missed
1. Richard Scott-($294.84)-$120.30-X-1st-5
2. Garnet Barnsdale-($306.60)-($504.34)-($624.64)-2nd-8
3. Rusty Nash-$88.68-($553.02)-($673.32)-4th-3
4. Ann Stepien-($124.30)-($763.65)-($883.95)-3rd-1
5. Dennis O'Hara-($433.65)-($1,444.65)-($1,564.95)-5th-2
6. Gordon Waterstone-$294.80-($1,715.50)-($1,835.80)-8th-4
7. Earl Paulson-($358.50)-($1,820.60)-($1,940.90)-6th-7
8. Mark McKelvie-($402.50)-($2,295.99)-($2,416.29)-7th-6
9. Ray Garnett-($344.00)-($2,392.80)-($2,513.10)-9th-3
10. Sally Hinckley-($364.90)-($2,523.55)-($2,643.85)-10th-0
Ten grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.
Key Hits: Rusty Nash-$10 win/place wager ($20) on third division of ISS 2-year-old filly trot paid $170, $15 win/place ($30) on second division of ISS 2-year-old filly pace paid $205.50; Gordon Waterstone-$30 win on second division ISS 2-year-old filly pace paid $297, $30 win on second division ISS 2-year-old colt and gelding pace paid $129.
Contest Schedule This Week: Sunday, Oct. 13–Balmoral Park $70,000 (est.) Hanover Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, $70,000 (est.) Hanover Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters.