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Mark Austin Series Starts Sunday

Published: July 7, 2017 7:57 pm ET

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Four divisions are set to kick off for the Mark Austin Pacing Series this Sunday (July 9) at Dresden Raceway.

The series for non-winners of a race or $5,000 lifetime (fillies and mares $6,000) will honour former Dresden horseman Mark Austin, who passed away in 2014. Austin broke trotting legend A Worthy Lad and trained such stars as Sparky Mark and Fool Me Once.

There will be two legs to the series as each division will go for $5,000 and the final will be held July 23 for a purse of $10,000.

Four-year-old Rambaran gelding Step In My Groove is the 9-5 morning line favourite in the first division of the series. Step In My Groove will score from post two for driver Nick Steward while 5-2 shot and second favourite You Said It has drawn the rail with Lorne House at the controls.

Donnie Rankin will be in the race bike for the 2-1 favourite of the second division, CRJ Hottie. The three-year-old Major Hottie colt will score from post four. Senior Player is the 5-2 second favourite for driver Garrett Rooney and will score from post one.

Mark Williams will be between the shafts behind Got It Made, the favourite of the third division. The four-year-old Rambarran horse will score form post six. Rankin will be driving 7-2 second favourite Action Town from post three.

Rooney will be the teamster for the favourite of the fourth division, Pull the Shade. The three-year-old Dragon Again filly is listed at 9-5 and will score from the rail. The second favourite is the elder statesmen of the 25 horses entered. Abitofalright will score from post five and is a seven-year-old Blissful Hall gelding and will be driven by Williams.

Sunday is also Derby Day at Dresden Raceway as all patrons are asked to wear their best hats for the day for great prizes provided by the Dresden B.I.A. and hot dogs are half price.

Post time for Sunday's card of racing is 1:30 p.m.

To view Sunday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Sunday Entries - Dresden Raceway.

(Dresden Raceway)

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