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Manchego Defends 'Spirit' Crown

July 25, 2021:

A year after delivering a world-record 1:49.3 performance in the 2020 edition of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, Black Horse Racing's Manchego ($2.20) made it two-for-two in the Bay State with a gritty 1:50 score in the Spirit's 2021 renewal, held Sunday (July 25) at Plainridge Park....read on

Morrison Brings Eurobond Home For 'Spirit'

July 22, 2021:

There’s a saying that claims “there are horses for courses,” and that could not be any more true when talking about Eurobond and Plainridge Park. Since making Massachusetts his full-time base of operations last year, it would be hard to dispute the horse has a definite home field advantage....read on

Spotlight On The Grand Circuit

July 22, 2021:

The publicity department for the Grand Circuit has sent its weekly recap and preview of racing on the Grand Circuit....read on

Takter Talks Manchego Ahead Of 'Spirit'

July 21, 2021:

Three-time Breeders Crown champion Manchego will return to the scene of her 1:49.3 world record performance when she starts in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 25). The lone mare in the field will take on five formidable foes in the Grand Circuit event that highlights the Massachusetts racing season....read on

Manchego Returns To Plainridge

July 20, 2021:

The draw for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be held at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 25), took place on Tuesday (July 20) and two names that were not on the original list of eligibles will be starting in the fourth edition of the race....read on

Records Fall In Plainridge Stakes

July 26, 2020:

Manchego put on a display of devastating speed in a gate-to-wire victory in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) and set a new world record of 1:49.3 for older trotting mares over a five-eighths-mile track....read on

Massachusetts Hosts Marvelous Mares

July 25, 2020:

When the Grand Circuit makes its midsummer stop in Massachusetts on Sunday (July 26), the top three older mares currently competing in the sport -- all who are multi-million dollar winners -- will be on hand to compete in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge Park....read on

Fields Set For Plainridge Stakes

July 22, 2020:

The fields are set for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, which will be contested on Sunday (July 26) when the Grand Circuit stops at Plainridge Park....read on

Tetrick Sweeps Plainridge Stakes

July 28, 2019:

Guardian Angel As lived up to his billing in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Sunday (July 28) at Plainridge Park as he led every step of the way en route to an impressive victory, setting a new track record in the process, while Shartin N paced the fastest mile in the track's history to capture the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace....read on

Handicapping The Plainridge Stakes

July 27, 2019:

Some of the top harness racing handicappers in North America gave their selections for the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace and the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot....read on

An Optimistic 'Spirit' In New England

July 26, 2019:

"To see it go from that to having some of the best horses in the country competing now is really a testament to the horsemen and women in New England and their determination and resilience to stick around through all those hard times. I think it’s a real success story."...read on

Spirit Of Mass., 'Barton' Eligibles Unveiled

June 19, 2019:

After a one-year hiatus, Grand Circuit racing will return to New England when Plainridge Park hosts the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot for three-year-old and older trotters. Also, new for 2019 will be the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for three-year-old and older fillies and mares....read on

Spirit of Massachusetts Trot Returning

January 28, 2019:

Plainridge Park Casino and the Harness Horseman’s Association of New England are pleased to announce the return of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot....read on

Update: Plainridge Stakes Cancelled

February 1, 2018:

According to Plainridge Park, the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot will not be contested this year, and the recently-announced Clara Barton Distaff will also not take place....read on

Plainridge Trot Mark Could Fall Twice

July 28, 2017:

All eyes will be focused on the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park today (July 28) as the best trotters in North America will compete in the newest stake on the Grand Circuit schedule....read on


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