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Spotlight On The Grand Circuit

Published: September 11, 2019 4:31 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: Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals, and Metro and Shes A Great Lady eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.

Schedule of Events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at Tioga Downs on Friday (Sept. 13) with four $10,000 races in the Kindergarten Series, one event each for two-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers.

Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be held on Saturday (Sept. 14) and will feature the $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-old open trotters, the $376,000 Elegantimage for three-year-old filly trotters, the $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts, the $405,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies, two $40,000 eliminations in the Metro for two-year-old pacing colts and two $35,000 eliminations in the Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.

Last Time: On closing night of the 2019 Eldorado Scioto Downs meet, Atlanta withstood the late charge of two rivals to hold on for the victory in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial while in the next race, McWicked came flying down the middle of the stretch for a narrow win in the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. To view replays of the races and to read a complete recap of the evening’s program, 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 – 863.5; 2. Yannick Gingras – 656; 3. David Miller – 541; 4. Dexter Dunn – 491; 5. Brian Sears – 414.

Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 748; 2. Tony Alagna – 446; 3. Marcus Melander – 359; 4. Jim King Jr. – 306.5; 5. Ake Svanstedt – 305.

Owners: 1. Fashion Farms – 192; 2. Brad Grant – 168.8; 3. Courant Inc. – 152.5; 4. Burke Racing Stable – 135.9; 5. Weaver Bruscemi – 123.4.

Looking Ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown for three-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the Milton for older pacing mares and Metro and Shes A Great Lady finals for juvenile pacers; and Hoosier will host seven Grand Circuit races, including the Caesars Trotting Classic for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers.

(With files from the Grand Circuit)

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