Tuesday, April 16, 2013

HANA Harness Announces Handicapper Roster for 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge



The Horseplayers Association of North America's (HANA) harness racing division, in association with the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness (Balmoral and Maywood Parks), The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs are pleased to announce the handicappers and their respective charities for The 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge which kicks off on Friday, April 25 at Northfield Park for the Courageous Lady.

In alphabetical order, here are the handicappers who are competing for their charities, hoping to share in over $3,000 in donations:

Garnet Barnsdale (Central Virginia Horse Rescue) - Garnet is the writer of Driveon blog at HorseRacingNation.com and hosts a harness racing radio show, North American Update on Blogtalkradio.com.

John Bowman (Helping Hearts Equine Rescue) – Bowman is a frequent guest handicapper at Tioga Downs.

Sally Hinckley (Rockin T Equine Rescue) – Hinckley is a long-time columnist on harness racing in Maine.  In addition she sets the morning line at Scarborough Downs and fairs with her selections show on telecasts.  Hinckley is a board member and secretary of the state’s Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board.

Mark McKelvie (Racer Placers) – Mark has long been around Mohawk/Woodbine Racetracks and was the winner of HANA's 2012 The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge who is 'looking to prove his win was not a fluke.'

Rusty Nash (Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals) -  Nash has written for TrackMaster for 18 years in addition to his writing a column called The C-Note for the USTA one year.

Earl Paulson (Heading For Home) – Earl is a former handicapper for Sports Eye and was the second place finisher to Mark McKelvie in last year's The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge.   In addition, Paulson is the moderator of MerryGoRoundRacing, a Yahoo group for people who enjoy Harness Racing.

Richard Scott (Changing Fates Equine Rescue) - Richard Scott is a former horse owner & trainer. Richard has competed in many handicapping contests and is looking forward to competing in the contest

Anne Stepien (Therapeutic Riding and Off-Track Rehabilitation) – Stepien has been a life-long fan of harness racing and once trained horses for Dr. Robert Johns after which she went on the Grand Circuit working for Gene Reigle.  She is looking forward to participating in a handicapping contest which 'doesn’t require you to handicap the entire card.'  For several years, Anne handicapped for Bobby Z's Picks at the Races.

Gordon Waterstone (Horse Lovers United) - Gordon Waterstone is associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World whose race picks over the years have appeared in several newspapers and tip sheets. He has competed and contended in several National Harness Handicapping Championships at the Meadowlands and is looking forward to a new challenge in this contest.

Notes:  Fans may follow the competition at HANA Harness’s Contest site with the handicapper's selections being posted no later than the morning of each competition date.   In addition to the named sponsors, HANA Harness would like to acknowledge Red Shores Charlottetown as a silver sponsor.  Additional sponsorships are welcome.