Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bobby Z Takes Leg Eight; The Meadows Up Tuesday

(June 3, 2012) - Bobby Z (Pen) makes his presence felt for the first time to win leg eight of HANA Harness’ The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge, sponsored by The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs which was conducted Saturday night (June 2) at Yonkers Raceway. However, Mark McKelvie remains in control of the overall lead.

In this particular leg, Zanakis was greatly assisted in the eighth race where he selected Pansai Yamamoto ($19.80) to win and nailed the 2-6 exacta ($92.80) which allowed him to earn a Win ROI of 1.59 and a 3.55 Exacta ROI. Not far behind in the WIN ROI are Pandy and Mr. Trifecta who dead heated for second with a Win ROI of 1.42.
The overall contest standings through leg eight are:

$ Earned
Mark McKelvie (P)
TM Chatsworth Consortium (C)
Mr. Trifecta (P)
Earl Paulson (C)
Ray's Robot (C)
Bobby Z (P)
Pandy (C)
Scott Alberg (P)

The Handicapping Challenge is going to keep our handicappers busy this week as there are three legs on tap. Tuesday (June 5) brings us leg nine at The Meadows where two divisions of the Currier Ives for 3yo Open Trotters take center stage. Next weekend brings us to Vernon Downs on Friday night (June 8), where the Empire Breeders Classics for 3yo Colts and Geldings and 3yo Filly Trotters are the highlight, and Sunday afternoon (June 10) at Tioga Downs where the Artiscape and Bettor’s Delight will be contested.
As always, contest dates, handicapper selections, and additional statistical information are available at the contest website (

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.

The Starfish Stable is a private Standardbred rescue and rehabilitation group that consists of about 20 friends and colleagues who work in the Standardbred industry. In six years, we have helped 9 horses, primarily those purchased at grade sales for a few hundred dollars, restore them to good health, get them professional training (at less than retail rates) as riding horses and place them for adoption with a contract, ensuring they never again end up in a precarious situation. While most of the horses have been placed with families, one horse, Broadway Kevin, now works in law enforcement for the city of Philadelphia after a successful career patrolling the streets of Newark, NJ.

The Starfish Stable’s current project is 15 year old Tyler’s Bella, an unraced, largely unhandled former broodmare who was legally seized due to neglect in Maryland. Bella gained hundreds of pounds and was restored to good health at Hanover Shoe Farms through the USTA’s SOS program. “Bella” is now in training in Monkton, Maryland to be a reliable trail horse. Six weeks ago, she was barely halter broken. Today she walks and trots under saddle, turns, stops, goes over wooden bridges and through deep streams. It’s expected she will be ready to be placed for adoption in mid June. The Starfish Stable is most appreciative for any help in getting these horses who have served us and trusted us, in to a secure and useful career.

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to care for, rehabilitate and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses, to ensure their proper care with follow up, and combine the needs of youth at risk with these horses in therapeutic equine programs to benefit both. SRF's the model program for follow-up; we do a semi-annual vet follow-up on each adopted horse for the life of the horse. Since inception SRF has had over 2,400 adoptions. SRF currently provides full care for and averages between 155-175 horses daily of which 98 are companion only due to age and/or injury. SRF’s waitlist is long with and avg. of 130 horses waiting to come into our program. For more information please visit us at

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