Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge Hits Quarter Pole

(June 24, 2012) – With last night’s fourteenth leg at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, HANA Harness’ The Pen vs. The Chip Handicapping Challenge sponsored by The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs has reached the quarter pole in this season-long competition. After the sixteen races Saturday night (June 23), Pen Handicapper Mark McKelvie and Chip Handicapper Ray’s Robot finished in a dead-heat as both handicappers had a Win ROI of 1.19. Not far behind, was another Pen Handicapper, Scott Alberg (1.17) who took show honors. What is interesting is while McKelvie and Ray’s Robot both ended up with six winners on the card and the exact amount of money won, they only agreed on three winners. With fourteen legs completed, Mark McKelvie maintains his lead with a ROI of 1.02 with Trackmaster’s Chatsworth Consortium (0.93) not far behind. With respect to Exactas, Scott Alberg took top honors in Leg 14 with an Exacta ROI of 1.13 followed next by Chip Handicapper Earl the Pearl (1.08). Through the first fourteen legs of the Handicapping Challenge, the overall standings are:

Position
Name
$ Won
ROI
1st
Mark McKelvie (P)
$375.90
1.02
2nd
TM Chatsworth Consortium (C)
$341.10
0.93
3rd
Ray's Robot (C)
$322.80
0.88
4th
Bobby Z (P)
$307.80
0.84
5th
Mr. Trifecta (P)
$307.10
0.84
6th
Pandy (C)
$273.50
0.74
7th
Scott Alberg (C)
$260.50
0.71
8th
Earl the Pearl (P)
$248.60
0.68

This coming weekend, leg fifteen of the Handicapping Challenge returns to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a stakes-laden race card with pacers taking center stage with the $500,000G Ben Franklin for FFA pacers and the $350,000E Max C Hempt Memorial Pace for 3yos, and the $300,000E James E Lynch Memorial for 3yo filly pacers. Selections for the Saturday evening card will be available by Saturday morning

As always, contest dates, handicapper selections, and additional statistical information are available at the contest website (http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com).

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