Pure Addition closed out the final card of harness racing at Marquis Downs on Sunday afternoon (May 29) by winning the featured $7,500 Steve Schedlosky Grand Finale Pace.
Able to scoot away quickly from the starting gate with the inside post advantage, Pure Addition and driver Tyler Grundy assumed command with track record holder Gray Zee (Gilles Bouvier) in the pocket and the favoured West Coast Beach (Glenn Le Drew) leaving from post five but forced to take back to third as the field turned in front of the grandstand.
As Pure Addition set fractions of :27.1 and :56, Appoggiatura (Clayton Braybook) tipped first-up from fourth in the clubhouse turn and flushed out Gray Zee down the backstretch. However, Grundy urged Pure Addition on past three-quarters in 1:25.2 and turned for home with a clear lead.
Down the stretch, the backfield began to close in, but Pure Addition prevailed by a length in 1:56.3. Flying Officer (Garry Schedlosky) edged out I Will Do It (Blake Piwniuwk) and Appoggiatura in a three-across finish for the runner-up honours.
Sent postward at odds of 7-2 after a pair of victories and two runner-up finishes while competing in the Mares Open at the Marquis meet for trainer Jacqueline Grundy, Pure Addition paid $9.50 to win.
Owned by Aurel Vodon of Virden, Man., the six-year-old Riverboat King-China Art mare improved her record to 10-3-1 from 15 starts this year and now has 29 victories lifetime with earnings totalling $114,609.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Marquis Downs.