With one race remaining in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, handicapper Richard Scott, who has led a majority of the way in the contest, remains in front with a seemingly comfortable lead of $736.45 with a net loss of $134.40. With only the Cleveland Classic remaining on the docket, it will take some Hail Mary handicapping for anyone to wrest the top spot from Scott.
With donations being made to the designated horse rescue charities of the top three, the real race is for the place and show spots which are currently held by Earl Paulson and Rusty Nash. Hoping to crack into the top three are handicappers Anne Stepien and Dennis O’Hara with Garnet Barnsdale having a slight chance to make the top three.
In this week’s action, with the Reynolds 3-year-old filly pace being cancelled, the Reynolds 3-year-old colt pace was the sole contest. Rusty Nash was top dog for the week with a profit of $6.80.
Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on December 8, 2013 with one week to go.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Northfield Park; $130,000(Est.) Cleveland Classic - Open