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Scott wins Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - by Allan Schott

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Despite attempts by other contestants to execute  ‘Hail Mary’ wagers in an effort to seek the payoff positions, Richard Scott is the winner of HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge. The contest was sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA,  Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. 

Scott’s victory seemed assured as far back as July 21 when he exploded for a profit of $1,023.40 at Tioga Downs that weekend which created a lead which would never be challenged as no other handicapper was able to get that ‘big hit’ to put them back in the running. Scott’s final winning margin was $743.67.

However, in the last event of the season, Rusty Nash was able to use the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park to earn a weekly profit of $51.60, allowing him to sneak into second place, pushing Earl Paulson into third.  The only other handicapper which showed a profit for the week was Scott with a profit of $0.60.

The prize fund for the contest reached $3,250.  As a result of the final results, Scott’s horse rescue, Changing Fates Equine Rescue will be a recipient of $1,250.  Nash’s rescue, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animalsis slated to receive $875, while Paulson’s third-place finish results in a $375 donation to Heading for Home.  In addition to these donations, additional donations will be made in honor of Scott’s victory by the Illinois Harness Horseman Association and Red Shores Charlottetown to local standardbred rescues. Those organizations which handle more than Standardbreds have committed to using these proceeds solely for the benefit of Standardbred rescues.

 

Here are the final standings for the contest.

Final Standings

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

Last Pos

Days Missed

1st

Richard Scott

$0.60

($133.80)

 

1st

6

2nd

Rusty Nash

$51.60

($877.47)

($743.67)

3rd

4

3rd

Earl Paulson

($30.00)

($900.85)

($767.05)

2nd

7

4th

Ann Stepien

($30.00)

($1,092.35)

($958.55)

4th

1

5th

Dennis O'Hara

($30.00)

($1,267.85)

($1,134.05)

5th

2

6th

Garnet Barnsdale

($30.00)

($1,487.74)

($1,353.94)

6th

10

7th

Gordon Waterstone

($30.00)

($2,100.60)

($1,966.80)

7th

4

8th

Mark McKelvie

($30.00)

($2,409.79)

($2,275.99)

8th

9

9th

Sally Hinckley

($30.00)

($2,730.50)

($2,596.70)

9th

0

10th

Ray Garnett

($30.00)

($3,240.43)

($3,106.63)

10th

3

Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race.


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