Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Press Release: HANA Harness Handicapping Challenge Horse Rescues Prize Fund Reaches a Record $5,750; Horse Rescues Named

March 8, 2016 – HANA Harness is pleased to announce the addition of Hoosier Park Racing and Casino as a Gold Sponsor, raising the prize fund for the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs to a record $5,750.  With the sponsorship deadline being March 12, additional sponsorships may yet be named.

With the new year, race fan/handicapper Russ Adams and DRF Harness’ Matt Rose join the roster of handicappers to make a baker’s dozen with the possibility of one last handicapper joining the fray. 

As is the tradition of this contest, each handicapper chooses a rescue of their choosing and this year’s cast of handicappers have made the following selections: Russ Adams, Heart of Phoenix; Michael Carter, New Vocations; Ray Cotolo, Changing Fates Equine Rescue; Mark Deutsch, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals; Ray Garnett, Rockin T Equine Rescue; Sally Hinckley, Rainhill Sanctuary; Jay Hochstetler, Central Virginia Horse Rescue; Rusty Nash, Racer Placers; Dennis O’Hara, Sunshine Horse Rescue; Bryan Owen, Standardbred Retirement Foundation; Matt Rose, Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program; Anne Stepien, Heading For Home; Gordon Waterstone, Horse Lovers United.

The Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge begins next weekend, March 18-19 with the first legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway.  You may follow this year’s contest at


Note: We at HANA are proud of the efforts of Alan and the HANA Harness Handicappers in raising funds and awareness for their horse charities. We would also like to thank the sponsors who have been amazingly supportive over the years, culminating in this year's record funding.