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Waterstone closes gap in 2nd in HANA contest

November 10, 2017

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In an abbreviated contest week, Gordon Waterstone won the 76th leg of the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge allowing him to close the gap on contest leader Rusty Nash by forty points with three legs remaining.

While Jay Hochstetler had three winners for the week, he had to settle for second place for the week as Waterstone's two winners included Springsteen ($15.20) in the Matron Stakes for 2yo colt and gelding pacers allowing him to earn a net profit of $16.20 for the day. Hochstetler's three winners were chalk as he netted a profit of $2.40. Finishing third for the week was Megan Maccario whose lone winner resulted in a net loss of $2.40.

With three contest dates remaining, Nash holds on to first place for the fifth week in a row with a total of 1,453.20 points, 23.70 points ahead of Waterstone (1,429.50 pts.). On the periphery but not out of it is Anne Stepien (1,342.82 pts.) and Megan Maccario (1,327.90 pts.), both within 125 points of the contest leader.

Up next, sophomore trotters and pacers of both sexes head to Dover Downs for the Matron stakes on Nov. 16.
Nov. 25 is the final Saturday night of the handicapping challenge with the Final Four and TVG series finals being contested at the Meadowlands. On Nov. 30, the contest concludes with the Progress Stakes at Dover Downs.

The 2017 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge is sponsored byAdam Friedland, DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Red Shores Charlottetown/Summerside, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Wellbourne Farms, and WEG Entertainment. The contest is administered by HANA Harness, the harness racing division of HANA, the Horseplayers Association of North America. Fans may follow the challenge by visiting the contest site at http;//hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.

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