Tuesday, May 29, 2012

McKelvie Scores a Hat Trick, Yonkers and The Meadows up Next

 (May 29, 2012) – Pen Handicapper Mark McKelvie scored a hat trick this past weekend, taking top honors in legs five through seven of HANA Harness’ The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge, sponsored by The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, as a result taking the overall lead in the contest to date standings. This past Friday, McKelvie had a 1.33 Win ROI at The Raceway at Western Fair District but exploded on Saturday night at Georgian Downs where while his Win ROI was 1.68, McKelvie had an eye popping Exacta 12.61 ROI thanks to selecting the seventh race exacta which paid $412.30 for a $2 bet. While the Canadian McKelvie had a home field advantage with the first two legs of the weekend being contested north of the border, he proved he is just as capable south of the border by completing the hat trick at Harrah’s Philadelphia, winning Sunday’s Betsy Ross Invitational card with a Win ROI of 2.02.
When asked what he attributed this past weekend’s performance to, McKelvie claimed his success at Western Fair District and Georgian downs was helped by his familiarity with the horses he sees on a weekly basis which helped him when comparing choices. He also credited the wagering public with helping him by overlooking his two biggest winners of the weekend. In addition, Mark capitalized on a class drop at Harrah’s Philadelphia and a circuit move from Mohawk to Georgian Downs.

As a result of this past weekend’s action, The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge standings through the first seven legs are:

Position Name $ Won ROI
1st Mark McKelvie (P) $227.00  1.26
2nd TM's Chatsworth Consortium (C) $156.60 0.87
3rd Earl Paulson (C) $145.10 0.81
4th Ray's Robot (C) $131.20 0.73
5th Mr. Trifecta (P) $128.50 0.71
6th Scott Alberg (P) $108.90 0.61
7th Bobby Z (P) $103.10 0.57
8th Pandy (C) $101.40 0.56

This coming weekend, the handicappers will be making their selections Saturday evening (June 2) at Yonkers Raceway where 3yo pacers will do battle in the $306,204 Art Rooney and 3yo filly pacers will be competing in the $176,484 Lismore. Then next Tuesday, the contest moves to Western Pennsylvania where 3yo trotters compete in the $100,000 estimated Currier and Ives.
As always, contest dates, handicapper selections, and additional statistical information are available at the contest website (http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com).
Rescue Spotlight – This week, our rescue spotlight takes a look at two of the standardbred rescues selected by our handicappers, Helping Hearts Equine Rescue and Horse Lovers United.
Helping Hearts Equine Rescue Inc. is a 50l(c)3 Non-Profit animal welfare organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of equines in need; assisting equines in situations of neglect, abuse or threat of slaughter located in, but not necessarily limited to Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties – in our home state of New Jersey. To educate the public regarding the standards of care required to maintain an equine as a riding partner and/or companion animal in a humane manner. In 2011, we took in 21 horses, adopted out 22, and are currently maintaining 6 permanent residents. For further information, please visit our website at www.hher.webs.com.

Horse Lovers United, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded in August 1992, by a small group of dedicated horse lovers. Our goal is to find new, lifetime homes for displaced horses. Since our incorporation, we have directly placed more than 120 horses in new homes. We have assisted in the placements of 700+ more through networking with other groups of similar interests. Adopters have gained much pleasure with their horses in a variety of new careers including trail riding, pleasure driving, riding in parades, sleigh rides, dressage and many more. We accept donations of all breeds of horses into our program with particular interest in the "retired" or "noncompetitive" Standardbred racehorse. Please learn more at www.horseloversunited.com.

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