The 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs begins today with the team of 15 handicappers taking on the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Series finals at Yonkers Raceway.
The big question of course is can Foiled Again be defeated? While the vast majority expect Foiled Again to win his third Levy Series final, there is some support for #5, Apprentice Hanover driven by Jody Jamieson who has a morning line of 8-1.
Unlike previous contests where handicappers had to play certain races for a set amount of money, this year's competition requires handicappers to play anywhere from $150-$250 on specified Grand Circuit events (and in some cases consolation races). With these rules, the handicappers can play which races they want much closer to their preferred handicapping methods, in effect, removing the shackles. As with the past, the top three handicappers at the end of the contest will win prize funds for their chosen standardbred rescues.
To see who the handicappers like tonight and every contest day, check out the selections page on the website