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Spotlight On The Grand Circuit

Published: November 6, 2019 3:04 pm ET

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The publicity department for the Grand Circuit has sent out its weekly recap and preview of Grand Circuit races.

This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del.

Schedule of Events: The Grand Circuit heads to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 7) for four Matron Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The two-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $186,000, the two-year-old colt trotters will race for $181,600, the purse for the two-year-old filly pace is $176,400 and the two-year-old filly trotters will race for $147,600.

Last Time: Grand Circuit racing action was back in the spotlight at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Nov. 1), as some of the sport’s brightest stars ventured to Hoosier Park for the final night of Grand Circuit racing this season. For a complete recap, click here.

Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards.

Here are the leaders following this past weekend:

Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick – 1,316.5; 2. Yannick Gingras – 1,238; 3. Dexter Dunn – 964; 4. David Miller – 910; 5. Andrew McCarthy – 783.

Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,272; 2. Tony Alagna – 847; 3. Nancy Johansson – 662; 4. Ake Svanstedt – 637; 5. Marcus Melander – 603.

Owners: 1. Courant Inc. – 274.5; 2. Brad Grant – 267.1; 3. Burke Racing Stable – 236.2; 4. Fashion Farms – 224.5; 5. Robert Key – 221.

Looking Ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs and the Meadowlands Racetrack. Dover will host the four Matron Stakes for three-year-olds, while the Meadowlands will have eliminations for the Fall Four for two-year-olds — the Governor’s Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid.

(With files from the Grand Circuit)

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