11/29/2016 1:40PM

Harness: Hochstetler wins Grand Circuit Challenge; Rose second half champion

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Jay Hochstetler has been crowned the champion of 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 after crossing the wire first in a dominating victory; his total of 3,631.13 points being 635.31 more than runner-up Matt Rose who finished with 2,995.83.  Sally Hinckley finished third with a tally of 2,900.88.

The second-half champion, Rose by virtue of his second half total of 1,893.78 points over Hochstetler’s second half tally of 1,789.10 earned an additional $250 for his winning rescue, Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program.

By virtue of his first place finish, Hochstetler’s rescue of choice, Central Virginia Horse Rescue earns the bulk of the prize fund with a donation of $2,500.  Rose’s rescue, Starting Gaits will be a recipient of an additional $1,400 (excluding the $250 second half donation) while Rainhill Sanctuary, Hinckley’s rescue picks up the third place prize of $600.  $1,000 will be donated to Canadian rescues on behalf of Hochstetler.

HANA Harness which has been providing scoring for the contest would like to thank in addition to our Gold Sponsors, our Silver Sponsors, Dr. Adam Friedland and Eldorado Gaming – Scioto Downs for their sponsorship of this year’s contest which allowed us to have a record prize fund of $6,000 to benefit Standardbred Horse Rescue

Plans are underway for next year’s edition of the Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge.  Any North American handicapper who would like to be considered as a contestant next year are welcome to inquire by contacting allan@hanaweb.org.   

HANA Harness is looking for sponsors of next year’s event as well.  Those interested in participating in this worthwhile effort to support American Standardbred Rescues via sponsorship should contact HANA Harness at allan@hanaweb.org.

-release from Hana Harness

 

 

FINAL - 2nd Half and Overall Standings

Position

Handicapper

Points This Week

Total Points

Points Back

Overall Position

Overall Points

Overall Points Back

1st

Matt Rose

10.90

1,893.78

-

2nd

2,995.83

635.31

2nd

Jay Hochstetler (FHW)

11.90

1,842.03

51.74

1st

3,631.13

-

3rd

Sally Hinckley

19.60

1,731.01

162.77

3rd

2,900.88

730.25

4th

Gordon Waterstone

0.00

1,581.41

312.37

5th

2,749.89

881.25

5th

Ray Garnett

10.90

1,505.93

387.85

12th

2,294.70

1,336.43

6th

Dennis O'Hara

8.30

1,478.08

415.70

7th

2,654.98

976.16

7th

Adam Friedland

0.00

1,477.08

416.70

6th

2,723.23

907.91

8th

Russ Adams

0.00

1,470.25

423.53

8th

2,651.18

979.96

9th

Anne Stepien

29.90

1,466.43

427.35

10th

2,402.93

1,228.21

10th

Rusty Nash

5.70

1,463.26

430.52

4th

2,759.41

871.73

11th

Mark Deutsch

37.20

1,348.13

545.65

11th

2,326.33

1,304.81

12th

Michael Carter

35.50

1,322.73

571.05

9th

2,415.28

1,215.86

13th

Bryan Owen

0.00

1,167.60

726.18

13th

2,144.88

1,486.26

14th

Ray Cotolo

6.20

1,154.35

739.43

14th

1,949.88

1,681.26

15th

Joe Bengston

13.90

818.08

1075.70

15th

1,733.43

1,897.71