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Harness Racing This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Hoosier Park this Friday (Oct. 20) and Saturday (Oct. 21) for Breeders Crown eliminations in 11 divisions. Eliminations will not be required for the mare trot. The Friday card features a pair of $25,000 eliminations in the mare pace, single $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old filly pace and 3-year-old filly trot, and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old filly pace and 2-year-old filly trot. The Saturday card features a trio of $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old colt trot, two $25,000 eliminations in the Open Trot, Open Pace, and 3-year-old colt pace, three $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt pace, and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt trot. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Twister Bi assumed control from fellow world champion Resolve, then put on a trotting showcase in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The 5-year-old stallion stopped the clock in a world record 2:22.1 at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 14), 5-1/2 lengths in front of the field. Trainer Jerry Riordan said, "I just wanted everyone to see how good he really is." They most certainly did. Defending champion Resolve (Ãke Svanstedt) assumed the lead as the field of 10 very established rivals left the gate with Italian representatives Oasis Bi (Kim Eriksson) and Twister Bi (Christoffer Eriksson) following his lead. Oasis Bi made a menacing move to take command, but it truly was all Twister Bi. Once the stallion was provided his cue, the other nine horses were only trotting for minor awards. As Twister Bi continued to roll home unopposed in any way, 2016 Triple Crown victor Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) advanced to head off Oasis Bi for second as they crossed the wire. A son of the incomparable Varenne, Twister Bi is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and now possesses 21 triumphs in 50 career trips to the post after competing with the best Europe has to offer. He is also the latest millionaire on American soil. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Oct. 14. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,334.5; 2. David Miller - 1,139; 3. Tim Tetrick - 938; 4. Scott Zeron - 640; 5. Corey Callahan - 465. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,208.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,092.5; 3. John Butenschoen - 458; 4. Brian Brown - 430; 5. Erv Miller - 364. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 285.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 248.9; 3. Determination - 244; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 230; 5. Ken Jacobs - 182. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at Hoosier Park with Breeders Crown finals in all 12 categories (2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters and older horse and mare pacers and trotters). Hoosier will also host four Pegasus divisions for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. In addition, Vernon Downs will host a leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Yonkers International Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Circle City and Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio. Schedule of events: This week's marquee event on the Grand Circuit is the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino, which will be held on Saturday (Oct. 14) at Yonkers Raceway. A field of 10 top trotters will head to the gate in the Yonkers International. Also on tap this week will be Circle City and Madison County events at Hoosier Park. The Thursday (Oct. 12) card at Hoosier will feature the $73,600 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $68,800 Circle City for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $53,800 Madison County for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $50,000 Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Saturday (Oct. 14) Hoosier Park program will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. Also on Saturday, Northfield Park will host the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Blowing into contention at odds of 82-1 in the elimination, Snowstorm Hanover replicated his first heat rally and surged past Devious Man to win the $420,000 final of the Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc., and Menhammer Stuteri Ab., in 1:53.2 on Oct. 8 at Red Mile. "I really wonder now if he just doesn't like the hot weather," Ron Burke said of his aptly-named trotter. "We noticed that he washes out sometimes very badly in the parade, and sometimes when he washes out he's really bad. So, maybe today, the weather was a blessing to him; it seemed cooler." Snowstorm Hanover got away fourth in the final, tracking his stablemate What The Hill while Bill's Man put up a quarter in :29. Yes Mickey, circling out of the pocket, took the field to the half in :56.3 while What The Hill marched first-over into second, carrying with him Snowstorm Hanover. Devious Man, positioned fourth-over around the turn, was flying towards the center of the track heading to three-quarters, timed in 1:24.2, and took over the lead midway in the stretch. Snowstorm Hanover, angling three wide, chased after Devious Man coming into the eighth pole, pursuing the leader and eventually drawing alongside before sticking his nose in front in the final yards to win. Lindy The Great finished third and What The Hill was fourth. Returning $13.60 to win, Snowstorm Hanover, by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, won his eighth race from 32 career starts, earning $649,349 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phil Collura and Weaver Bruscemi. He is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Matt Kakaley. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Oct. 7. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,284.5; 2. David Miller - 1,029; 3. Tim Tetrick - 888; 4. Scott Zeron - 615; 5. Corey Callahan - 463. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,108.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 997.5; 3. John Butenschoen - 426; 4. Brian Brown - 400; 5. Erv Miller - 354. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 257.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 223.8; 3. Determination - 209; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 205; 5. Ken Jacobs - 182. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Hoosier Park with 12 Breeders Crown eliminations (if necessary) set to take place on Friday (Oct. 20) and Saturday (Oct. 21). Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Red Mile Grand Circuit, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: The second week of Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 5) with five divisions in the $283,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Oct. 6) card features five divisions in the $289,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Oct. 7) The Red Mile will host the $300,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $300,000 (est.) International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers and a pair of $150,000 (est.) Allerage races for open pacers and open trotters. On Sunday (Oct. 8), The Red Mile will offer the $500,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the companion $300,000 (est.) Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $450,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $275,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, and $75,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: A large and enthusiastic throng turned out Friday night (Sept. 29) for a pair of Grand Circuit stakes at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Pasithea Face S, one of just two mares in the eight-horse $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, showed her heels to the field in 1:53, a new track record for trotting mares at the four-year-old five-eighths-mile oval. Driver Tim Tetrick hustled the daughter of Muscle Hill from the gate, leading pocketsitter JL Cruze (David Miller) and parked out Hannelore Hanover (Matt Kakaley) to the quarter in :27. Hannelore Hanover, the lukewarm favorite and the other female in the contest, inched past JL Cruze while still on the rim at the half in :54.4. The tempo slackened in the third panel due to strong headwinds down the backstretch, but Pasithea Face S continued to front the classy trotters in 1:24.2. Tetrick, who explained, "I thought it was her race to win if I could get the lead. I put her in a bad spot two weeks ago in the Maple Leaf Trot, but I knew she'd be good if I got her a clean trip tonight," urged the winner through a :28.3 closing quarter-mile to seal the deal. It was the 12th career win for the lightly raced 5-year-old and pushed her lifetime bounty past $560,000. Trotting guru Jimmy Takter trains the Derby champion for Courant Inc. Rockin Ron became the sport's newest millionaire when he brushed home a 1:50.2 winner in the $140,000 Dayton Pacing Derby. Driver Matt Kakaley was content to sit near the back of the nine-horse pack for the first five-eighths of the mile, before taking up fourth-over position down the backside and angling to the outside coming out of the final turn and exploding in the stretch. Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller) left alertly from the innermost post position to cut early fractions of :26.3 and :54.4 while Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) enjoyed a pocket ride with longshot Boston Red Rocks (Josh Sutton) racing gamely on the outside. Boston Red Rocks actually nudged ahead by a neck at the 1:21.4 third-quarter clocking, just before the cavalry charge from the rear commenced. When Boston Red Rocks began to tire, second-over Dealt A Winner (Aaron Merriman) took his best shot, which resulted in a second place finish. Third-over Missile J (Tim Tetrick) also finished strongly to garner the show dough after Rockin Ron swept past both of them during the :28.3 closing panel. The 5-year-old son of Real Desire now owns 27 victories and the winner's share of the purse sent his earnings skyrocketing to $1,006,107. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 30. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,109.5; 2. David Miller - 869; 3. Tim Tetrick - 778; 4. Scott Zeron - 500; 5. Corey Callahan - 398. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 973.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 847.5; 3. Brian Brown - 400; 4. John Butenschoen - 316; 5. Linda Toscano - 308. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 230; 2. Emerald Highlands Farm - 205; 3. Determination - 204; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 196.2; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 161.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Yonkers Raceway, Hoosier Park and Northfield Park. Yonkers will offer the Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino for free-for-all trotters; Hoosier will contest Circle City races for 3-year-olds and Madison County events for 2-year-olds; and Northfield will host the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Bluegrass Stakes, Red Mile, Lexington, Ky.; Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby, Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Dayton, Ohio; and John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 28) at Red Mile with five divisions in the $366,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Sept. 29) card at the Lexington oval will feature five divisions in the $330,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 30), Red Mile will offer the $400,000 (est.) Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $300,000 (est.) Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers. The first week of racing in Lexington will conclude on Sunday (Oct. 1) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass events for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers. Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night will feature a pair of Grand Circuit stakes in the $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for older trotters and the $140,000 Dayton Pacing Derby for older pacers. Also on Friday, Harrah's Philadelphia will contest four $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters and three $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday card at Harrah's Philadelphia will see the $74,000 (est.) John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $68,000 (est.) John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair this past week, with the $590,400 Little Brown Jug leading five days of exciting stakes races. Prior to Thursday's (Sept. 21) Little Brown Jug final, trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras decided that, win or lose, they wanted to send Filibuster Hanover to the front at the start of the race. It was a win. Filibuster Hanover, starting from post No. 2 after his second-place finish to Fear The Dragon in the day's earlier first heat, got the lead and never looked back to win the $401,472 Little Brown Jug final for 3-year-old male pacers by a length over Funknwaffles in 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Miso Fast, another horse from the Burke Stable, finished third and Fear The Dragon was fourth in the 72nd edition of the event, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. It was the second Little Brown Jug victory for the tandem of Burke and Gingras, who won in 2014 with Limelight Beach. Filibuster Hanover is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Fashion Ecstasy. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva Stables, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. He was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and was purchased for $90,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. For the year, Filibuster Hanover has won three of 14 races and earned $518,859. For his career, he has five victories in 27 starts and $633,258. On Friday evening (Sept. 22) the majority of the fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sought the cooler confines of the great indoors, but braved the humid conditions to witness an overall track record performance by world and Indiana champion Homicide Hunter. The 5-year-old gelding sailed by fellow champion Hannelore Hanover in deep stretch and held off the late bid of another familiar colleague in track record holder Natural Herbie to score in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic in a track record of 1:51.2 to complete an Indiana-bred trifecta in the event, which was one of seven Grand Circuit contests on the card. Owned by Crawford Farms, Homicide Hunter is trained by Chris Oakes. The triumph in the Centaur Trotting Classic improves his record to a sterling 57-30-6-7 and makes him the sport's newest millionaire. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 23. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,007; 2. David Miller - 764; 3. Tim Tetrick - 633; 4. Scott Zeron - 475; 5. Corey Callahan - 363. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 888.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 720; 3. Brian Brown - 375; 4. John Butenschoen - 296; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 262. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 209; 2. Emerald Highlands Farm - 205; 3. Determination - 204; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 175.2; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 151.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. Featured will be the Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap will be the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for the sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; Centaur Trotting Classic, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Metro and She's A Great Lady, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at Delaware with the $279,250 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers and the $80,575 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday (Sept. 21) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $590,400 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $120,500 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $105,125 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters and the $52,200 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Standardbred events for 2-year-old pacers and 2-year-old filly trotters were contested earlier in the week. The Harrah's Philadelphia card on Wednesday will feature four $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers and four $30,000 divisions in the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 22) with the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic for Open trotters, the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $160,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, and the $125,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 23) with the C$816,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers and the C$500,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday, with the finals of four major stakes, led by the $486,260 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Hannelore Hanover got her Maple Leaf Trot redemption with an impressive 1:51.1 victory. The 5-year-old trotting mare and driver Yannick Gingras seized the lead heading to the half and proceeded to trot away to a 4-1/2 length victory for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. "When she's like this, in North America anyway, I'll take on any trotter," said Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's sensational performance. JL Cruze shot out to grab the early lead and posted a snappy opening quarter of :26.2. Hannelore Hanover settled into third in the early going, while Gingras waited to make his move. Hannelore Hanover came with a second quarter rush and secured the lead in time to post a half of :54.3. Odds On Amethyst came first up in the third quarter and got up to the wheel of the leader, but Gingras got a comfortable third quarter of :28.4 to lead at that station in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover waved goodbye to her rivals and trotted home strongly in :27.4 for her biggest victory to date. JL Cruze finished second, while Pasithea Face, the other mare in the field, was third. The superfecta was completed by Warrawee Roo. The victory is extra special for Hannelore Hanover's connections after coming up just short in last year's event. "Last year she raced her heart out and was second to Resolve in a great race," said co-owner Baldachino. "For her to come back a year later and actually win it, it's real sweet and very special." A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is now six for 10 this season with $531,754 earned. The talented trotting mare surpassed $1.9 million in career earnings with her 32nd career win Saturday. Hannelore Hanover's Maple Leaf Trot victory is the first win in the event for driver Gingras and trainer Burke. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 16. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 885; 2. David Miller - 689; 3. Tim Tetrick - 568; 4. Scott Zeron - 425; 5. Corey Callahan - 301. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 708.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 658; 3. Brian Brown - 315; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 227; 5. John Butenschoen - 224. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 175; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 168.8; 3. Determination - 164; 4. Diamond Creek Racing - 151.5; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 141.7. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a pair of Grand Circuit events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses and Harrah's Philadelphia will contest John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trot, Elegantimage, Milton Stakes, and Metro eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Nadia Lobell, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Standardbred Stakes, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; and Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at Hoosier Park on Wednesday (Sept. 13) with the $160,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Meadowlands on Friday (Sept. 15) will host three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters, two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt pacers and two $10,000 contests in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 16) with the C$684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters, the C$593,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, the C$385,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$256,000 Milton Stakes for older pacing mares and three C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old pacing colts. Delaware and Harrah's Philadelphia will offer Grand Circuit racing on Sunday (Sept. 17). Delaware will host the $70,000 (est.) Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $45,000 (est.) Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. Harrah's Philadelphia has the $105,000 (est.) Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and the $80,000 (est.) Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: After Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley) blew by Mel Mara (Dave Palone) like the 2-1 public selection was standing still it appeared the trophy for the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial would clearly belong to his connections. McWicked, however, had other plans as he and Brian Sears unleashed a scintillating rally through the passing lane to score by a neck in 1:49.3 on Saturday (Sept. 9) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. "I won the 3-year-old Breeders Crown championship with this horse," said Sears. "You have to ask him a little more than you used to when he was younger but he still has that speed." As expected speedster Luck Be Withyou (post five, Aaron Merriman) immediately left the gate to take command. After leading the field of 10 swift older pacers through an opening quarter-mile in :26.1, Palone gave Mel Mara his cue and the stallion responded with a first-over move to take the lead through a half-mile in :54.2. The world champion's stint on top would be short lived as Rockin Ron was loaded with pace and overhauled Mel Mara from fourth in a flash shortly before 1:21.3 for the three-quarters was posted on the board. In a moment Rockin Ron (9-2) not only passed Mel Mara but left him completely in his wake by several lengths. As the field strode toward the final turn, it seemed Rockin Ron was going to collect an emphatic victory, as Check Six (Chris Page), Boston Red Rocks (Josh Sutton) and McWicked all had plenty of work to do from sixth, third and fourth, respectively. As Rockin Ron disposed of Check Six and Boston Red Rocks, McWicked was winding up along the inside and gaining on the leader with every inch. As Sears urged him on, the 6-year-old stallion edged past Rockin Ron with a :27.2 final panel to annex the race. Rockin Ron held for second while Boston Red Rocks and Check Six dead-heated for third place. Owned by Ed James and conditioned by Casie Coleman, 2014 Dan Patch Award winner McWicked boosted his career bankroll past the $2 million mark and collected the 22nd win of his 68-race career. The stallion suffered from breathing problems as a 4-year-old which caused him to miss nearly all of the 2015 season and abbreviated his campaign last year. In 2017, McWicked has compiled a record of 21-7-3-2 after those issues were rectified. "Casie has trained him on and off throughout his career and she has really done a great job with him," Sears, who also won the Jug Preview with Downbytheseaside earlier on the card, said. "I'm just very happy I received the opportunity to drive him tonight and that I was able to win with him again." Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 9. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 795; 2. David Miller - 614; 3. Tim Tetrick - 520; 4. Scott Zeron - 417; 5. Corey Callahan - 289. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 663.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 584; 3. Brian Brown - 295; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 223; 5. John Butenschoen - 212. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 157.1; 2. Emerald Highlands Farm - 155; 3. Determination - 154; 4. Diamond Creek Racing - 147.8; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 135. Looking ahead: Another busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Mohawk Racetrack, Hoosier Park and Harrah's Philadelphia. Delaware will be hosting seven Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the finals of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way for freshman trotters and the Metro and She's A Great Lady for freshman pacers; Hoosier will host seven Grand Circuit races, including the Centuar for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers; and Harrah's Philadelphia has the Simpson Stakes for sophomore filly trotters and pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Jim Ewart Memorial and Jug Preview, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; Kindergarten Series and Miss Versatility, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Simcoe Stakes and Maple Leaf Trot, Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, and Milton eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Sept. 8) at Mohawk with a pair of C$40,000 eliminations in the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton for older pacing mares. The Saturday (Sept. 9) card is highlighted by the C$163,872 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$162,838 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers, two C$40,000 eliminations in the Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters. Grand Circuit racing at the Meadowlands will also be held on Friday (Sept. 8) with a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility for trotting mares, and a pair of $10,000 divisions each in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, 2-year-old filly trotters, 2-year-old colt pacers and 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Sept. 9), Scioto Downs will host the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers and the $125,000 Jug Preview for 3-year-old colt pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: World champion Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) withstood a late charge from two rivals to win the $500,000 Messenger Stakes final for 3-year-old colt pacers in 1:52.1 on Saturday night (Sept. 2) at Yonkers Raceway by a nose. Sears completed the Messenger/Yonkers Trot double when he steered Top Flight Angel to victory by the very same margin in the aforementioned contest later on a card that also included the Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud Pace. Downbytheseaside and Sears got away from the gate to make the lead just past the :27.1 first quarter, with Blood Line (Mark MacDonald) tucked in behind. Downbytheseaside led the field to the half in :56 and to the three-quarters in 1:24.1. He was still on top at the head of the stretch but a charge was developing from horses on both sides. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton) came charging on the inside late and was second and Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) was third on his outside. Downbytheseaside held them off to win by a nose. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Farm; he's trained by Brian Brown. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover improved his 2017 record to 12-8-1-2, with earnings of $956,216. Top Flight Angel (Sears) was a nose the best in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-olds in 1:56.3. Devious Man and Andy Miller got away with the lead off the gate to hit the quarter-mile mark in :28.4 and held that lead to the :58.4 half, with Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstadt) along the rail in second racing with a new Murphy Blind on the left side and Top Flight Angel in third. Devious Man was still on the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarters, but there was a gathering storm behind him, with both Yes Mickey (along the inside) and Top Flight Angel (on the outside). In the end it was a win by a nose for Top Flight Angel over Yes Mickey, with Devious Man in third. The win earns Top Flight Angel an automatic invitation for the Yonkers International, to be held Oct. 14, and improved his seasonal slate to 12-3-1-3, with earnings of $331,916. Top Flight Angel is owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm of New York and trained by Julie Miller. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Sept. 2. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 760; 2. David Miller - 598; 3. Tim Tetrick - 503; 4. Scott Zeron - 395; 5. Jason Bartlett - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 617; 2. Jimmy Takter - 529; 3. Brian Brown - 275; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 221; 5. Ray Schnittker - 187. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 155; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 143.9; 3. Determination - 137; 4. Diamond Creek Racing - 132.1; 5. Harry Von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at Mohawk, Hoosier Park, The Meadowlands, Harrah's Philadelphia and the Delaware County Fair. Mohawk will host finals in the Maple Leaf Trot, the Canadian Trotting Classic, the Elegantimage, and the Milton, as well as eliminations in the Metro Pace, the She's A Great Lady, the Peaceful Way and the William Wellwood Memorial; Hoosier Park will host the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old pacing fillies; The Meadowlands will card another leg of the Kindergarten Series for freshman trotters and pacers; Harrah's Philadelphia will race Simpson stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters; and Delaware will have Standardbred stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers. Paul Ramlow  

Harness Racing This Week: Yonkers Trot, Messenger Stakes, Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Canadian Pacing Derby, Simcoe Stakes, and Champlain Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: A busy holiday weekend of Grand Circuit action is led by a pair of Triple Crown events at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 2). The Hilltop oval will host the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters and the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers. These races will be the second legs in the Triple Crown for their respective gaits. Also on the Saturday program will be the $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-olds and the $113,880 Lady Maud for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk commences on Thursday (Aug. 31) with two divisions in the C$173,880 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Sept. 1) program is highlighted by two divisions in the C$187,760 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and a single $166,872 division in the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday (Sept. 2) program features the C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers. Also on the program will be two divisions in the C$194,760 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers, and single divisions in the C$169,381 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers and C$165,838 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Complete entries for the races at Yonkers are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 26) hosted a trio of $40,000 stakes eliminations, two for the 63rd edition of the Yonkers Trot and one for the 62nd Messenger Stakes. The opening elimination for the Yonkers Trot had a different feel before the outset when pole-sitting, third choice Enterprise (Tim Tetrick) broke behind the gate and effectively was eliminated from the elimination. That faux pas left the race as a two-choice, two-speed number, with even-money Devious Man (Andy Miller) waltzing around Westchester with fractions of :28, :59, and 1:28.1. He was chased by the $30,000 buy-in, Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt). Devious Man, last season's New York Sire Stakes champion, had a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn before Yes Mickey, after leaving from post position four, received the memo. He dove inside, whipping Devious Man by a neck in 1:56.1. Another Chapter (Dan Dube) was a three-hole third, with 49-1 outsider Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley) fourth. As for Enterprise, he did catch the field but could not sustain a first-up offering. For Yes Mickey, a Muscle Hill gelding trained by his driver for owner Mellby Gard Inc., it was his third win in 10 seasonal starts. The second elimination for the Trot wound up with much more intrigue at the bottom than at the top, where a first-up, from post four, odds-on Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett) was grinding by Money Macintosh (Andy Miller). The margin was a half-length in 1:56.2. Money Macintosh led through intervals of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.1, holding second from entrymate Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears) as that one rallied from last among the six-pack. Di Oggi (Montrell Teague) and Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson) wound up in a dead-heat for fourth. Guardian Angel AS, a statebred son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, is now seven-for-12 this season. Downbytheseaside made his advance to the Messenger final look quite easy with a dominating win in the sole elimination. The Messenger's game of 'musical chairs'-- nine 3-year-old colt/gelding pacers to eliminate one -- wasn't close to being a fair fight. Art Rooney Pace winner Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) made the lead before the half, then rolled home by 8-1/2 lengths in 1:51. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for second, whipping the winner's entrymate Blood Line (Mark MacDonald). The latter made the lead passing a :27 opening quarter-mile, before Downbytheseaside, away third from post position three, found the front nearing the :56 intermission. He began losing his rivals in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, taking six lengths into the lane. Mac's Jackpot (Bartlett) and first leader Summer Side (Ray Schnittker) earned the minors, while Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan), Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague) and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) also made the $500,000 final of the second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. Beyond Delight (Dan Dube) was the odd horse out. For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his seventh win in 11 seasonal starts ($706,216). Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Aug. 26. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 665; 2. David Miller - 528; 3. Tim Tetrick - 453; 4. Scott Zeron - 330; 5. Jason Bartlett - 248. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 597; 2. Jimmy Takter - 449; 3. Brian Brown - 255; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 191; 5. Ray Schnittker - 187. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 155; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 138.1; 3. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 4. Determination - 117; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 116.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Mohawk Racetrack, Scioto Downs, and The Meadowlands. Mohawk will feature eliminations of the Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trot, Elegantimage, and Milton, as well as Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers; Scioto will host the Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers and the Jug Preview for 3-year-old pacers; and Meadowlands Racetrack will feature legs of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters and the Miss Versatility Series for older trotting mares. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Yonkers Trot and Messenger eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Casual Breeze, Nassagaweya, Eternal Camnation and Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Artiscape, Crawford Farms Trot, Joie De Vie and W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: This Saturday (Aug. 26), Yonkers Raceway will host a pair of $40,000 eliminations in the Yonkers Trot for sophomore trotters, the second leg of the sport's trotting Triple Crown. The top four horses in each elimination will return for the $500,000 final on Sept. 2. Only nine horses entered the Messenger Stakes for sophomore pacers, the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown, so all nine will contest a single $40,000 elimination to get the eight for the $500,000 final. Also on Saturday, Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Racetrack will feature two divisions in the C$226,050 Nassagaweya for 2-year-old pacing colts; a single C$192,333 division in the Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacing fillies; and a pair of C$40,000 eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers. On Friday (Aug. 25) Mohawk will host two C$81,412 divisions in the Casual Breeze for 3-year-old filly trotters. On Sunday (Aug. 27), Tioga Downs will card the $160,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $160,000 (est.) Crawford Farms Trot for older trotters, the $150,000 (est.) Joie De Vie for older trotting mares and W.N. Reynolds Memorial events for freshman pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: Sitting off a contested front, Yes Mickey snuck up the pylons to edge past 6-5 favorite Ariana G and upset at 34-1 in the $320,000 Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial on Friday (Aug. 18) at Vernon Downs. Long Tom grabbed the front from Yes Mickey before a :26.4 first quarter. Ariana G, sitting third, edged outside and brushed to the lead off a :55.1 half. Devious Man, behind International Moni stalled first over, loomed wide and trotted towards Ariana G's wheel, pressuring the leader through a 1:23.3 third-quarter while Long Tom drifted off the rail, giving room to Yes Mickey. Yes Mickey gradually approached the leader up the inside, getting his nose in front within the final sixteenth and edging away to win by a neck over Ariana G in a lifetime-best effort of 1:51.2. Devious Man finished third and International Moni finished fourth. A 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Hill from the Pine Chip mare My Favorite Chip, Yes Mickey won his second race in ten starts, earning $223,087 for owner Mellby Gard Inc. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he paid $71.00 to win. Svanstedt completed a sweep of the Zweig finals when Evelyn shook loose off a pocket trip to win the $135,000 Filly final in 1:54.1. Sitting behind a tempo of :27, :57, and 1:25.4 set by Feed Your Head and pressure from Sunshine Delight parked first-over, Evelyn managed to weave through the dueling leaders midway through the stretch to win by a length over Sunshine Delight, with Feed Your Head faltering to third and Glitzey Gal recovering from an early break to take fourth. Racing for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Borje Nasstrom, and Silva Stable 45, Evelyn won her fourth race in 20 starts, pushing her career earnings to $192,166. Driven by Andy Miller, she paid $16.00 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Aug. 19. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 635; 2. David Miller - 489; 3. Tim Tetrick - 423; 4. Scott Zeron - 330; 5. Jason Bartlett - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 572; 2. Jimmy Takter - 432; 3. Brian Brown - 245; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 181. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 155; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 130.2; 3. Harry Von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 108.6; 5. Melby Gard -90. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway and Mohawk Racetrack. Yonkers will feature the finals of the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes, as well as the Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud. Mohawk will offer the Canadian Pacing Derby, as well as Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Roll With Joe, Tompkins-Geers and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Aug. 18) at Vernon Downs with the $320,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $135,000 Zweig Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be a $70,000 consolation in the open division and a $28,220 consolation in the filly division. Saturday's (Aug. 19) Grand Circuit action will be led by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers, while Tioga Downs will host Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies. On Sunday (Aug. 20), Grand Circuit racing will continue at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.)  Roll With Joe for older pacers, a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares, and the Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: On an absolutely flawless Friday (Aug. 11) evening, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino possessed all the elements for a spectacular 24th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The crowd was enthusiastic, the weather was sheer perfection and a quality field of 10, half of which were world champions, was certain to provide the fans with an exhilarating contest. Check Six was ultimately the horse to fulfill that goal with a quarter-length victory over stablemate All Bets Off in 1:48.1 and stake his claim as the divisional leader. Rock N' Roll World closed with alacrity to reach the wire in third. After celebrating his win, Yannick Gingras, who guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere around the seven-eighths-mile Anderson oval, acknowledged he was not exactly overjoyed when the 4-year-old stallion's post position was selected earlier in the week. "I was not thrilled when I saw the draw sheet and we were in post nine," he said. "But you have to go out there, see how things work out on the track and then drive accordingly. He's had some back luck, but he's sharp right now so since the McKee ($224,400 Sam McKee Memorial on Aug. 5) maybe now his luck is changing." Gingras wasted no time putting Check Six into the race as he gunned him to the lead immediately after the wings folded on the gate. He was followed into the first turn by world champion Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) and Rock N' Roll World (John De Long), then tripped the timer for the first quarter-mile in a speedy :26. Shortly after the time flashed upon the board, Matt Kakaley decided All Bets Off should control the tempo and that duo seized command by the :54.2 half-mile pole. At that juncture Aaron Merriman had his own ideas on how the race should be conducted and moved Dealt A Winner first-over to gain second place, with Gingras content to sit in third until after the 1:21.1 three-quarters. As Dealt A Winner began to tire from his earlier efforts as the field entered the top of the stretch, All Bets Off began to place of bit of separation between himself and his rivals, with Rock N' Roll World and McWicked (David Miller) winding up for their drives to the wire. Just when it appeared All Bets Off was home free and would hold Check Six, Rock N' Roll World and McWicked at bay, Gingras ducked into the passing lane, strode by All Bets Off along the rail and collected the win for conditioner Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Aug. 12. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 620; 2. David Miller - 489; 3. Tim Tetrick - 423; 4. Scott Zeron - 310; 5. Jason Bartlett - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 560; 2. Jimmy Takter - 417; 3. Brian Brown - 245; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 161. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 155; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 127; 3. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 105.4; 5. J&T Silva Stables - 88. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Mohawk Racetrack will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers. Tioga Downs will offer the Crawford Farm Trot for older trotters, the Joie De Vie for older trotting mares, the Artiscape for older pacing mares and Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Dan Patch, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Wednesday (Aug. 9) as the Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $51,929 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $32,580 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $26,047 2-year-old filly trot and the $24,396 2-year-old filly pace, and single divisions in the $20,860 2-year-old colt pace and the $18,385 2-year-old colt trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $34,134 3-year-old colt pace, the $32,154 3-year-old colt trot, the $31,021 3-year-old filly trot and the $26,373 3-year-old filly pace. Friday night (Aug. 11) at Hoosier Park will feature the $325,000 Dan Patch for older pacing horses. As the richest horse in the field with $2.4 million in lifetime purse earnings, All Bets Off will play the role of morning line choice at odds of 7-2 from post two. On Saturday (Aug. 12), Northfield Park will host the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers featuring Fear The Dragon, the No. 1 ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host one of two trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. The second trial will be held on Monday (Aug. 14). Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack closed out their Championship Meet this past Saturday with several lucrative Grand Circuit races led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Perfect Spirit was the winner by disqualification. It was the first time a horse first under the wire had his number taken down in the 92 editions of the $1 million trotting classic for 3-year-olds. What The Hill squeezed off the pylons in deep stretch and sprinted past the pacesetting Perfect Spirit in a time of 1:52.3 as the crowd cheered what appeared to be the first Hambo winner for trainer Ron Burke and driver David Miller. But then the inquiry sign flashed on the toteboard. The judges studied the replay and detected contact between What The Hill and Guardian Angel AS, who broke stride. After a lengthy review, the Hambletonian had its first DQ. What The Hill was placed ninth and Perfect Spirit was stunningly on his way to the winner's circle. Winning owner Lennart Agren, who races as the SRF Stable, chalked the victory up to the breaks of the game. "I know you have to be very lucky like we were today," he said. "It can end very quickly, so you have to live in the moment right now." The win gave international trotting master Ake Svanstedt, 58, his first Hambo win as both a trainer and driver in only his fourth year in the U.S. Perfect Spirit paid $17 for his fifth win in nine starts this season. In the revised order of finish, Devious Man moved up to second and Enterprise was placed third. Huntsville got to the lead in the first turn and never looked back, winning Saturday's $334,325 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers by a neck over R J P in 2:03 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Downbytheseaside was third. Starting from post one in a field of 12, Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick outdueled longshot Lawrencetown Beach for the lead as the field entered the first turn and reached the quarter in :25.4. Lawrencetown Beach remained parked out on the backstretch, with Downbytheseaside on the pylons in third, as Huntsville hit the half in :54. R J P made a three-wide move around Lawrencetown Beach and moved into second as the group neared three-quarters, which was reached in 1:21.4. Huntsville and R J P battled through the stretch, timed in 1:49 for a mile, with Huntsville prevailing for his seventh win in 10 starts this year. Trainer Ray Schnittker co-owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing. The colt is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. Huntsville has won 14 of 21 career races and never finished worse than second. He has earned $1.57 million. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Aug. 5. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 600; 2. David Miller - 479; 3. Tim Tetrick - 423; 4. Scott Zeron - 310; 5. Jason Bartlett - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 510; 2. Jimmy Takter - 417; 3. Brian Brown - 215; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 159. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 145; 2. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 114.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 92.9; 5. J&T Silva Stables - 88. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino and Hippodrome 3R. Vernon will kick off the week as host of the Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Tioga Downs will feature the Roll With Joe for open pacers, Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-old pacers and trotters, and a leg of the Miss Versatilty for trotting mares. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final and Hippodrome 3R will contest the Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial, Lady Liberty, Dr. John Steele Memorial, Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Jim Doherty Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action takes place this Saturday (Aug. 5) at the Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest Grand Circuit cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Other major stakes races to be contested that day are the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $303,050 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters, the $224,400 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers, the $202,900 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the $176,250 Dr. John Steele Memorial for older trotting mares, the $334,325 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $113,950 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $360,650 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Fear The Dragon, harness racing's top-rated horse, cemented that position Saturday (July 29) at The Meadows when he wore down the sport's No. 2-ranked horse, Huntsville, with a prolonged, dramatic first-over move that brought him victory in the $400,000 final of the 51st Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Heavy rains that had soaked The Meadows for the better part of two days stopped shortly before the card began, yielding to sunny, cool weather and a fast track for the highly anticipated battle of No. 1 and No. 2. Early on, it appeared that drama might not develop as Huntsville and Tim Tetrick got an easier lead than most observers anticipated. Fear The Dragon was fifth down the backside when David Miller felt compelled to put the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon into the race. Fear The Dragon steadily erased the five length deficit until the final turn, when it briefly seemed he had hit the wall. But Fear The Dragon spurted again and caught Huntsville in the shadow of the wire, downing him by a half-length in 1:49.1, with RJP third. It was the first Adios victory for trainer Brian Brown, the third for driver Miller, who won previously with Shadow Play (2008) and McWicked (2014). With the win, Fear The Dragon became a millionaire, boosting his career bankroll to $1,152,844 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on July 29. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 503; 2. David Miller - 454; 3. Tim Tetrick - 353; 4. Scott Zeron - 290; 5. Jason Bartlett - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 480; 2. Jimmy Takter - 300; 3. Brian Brown - 190; 4. Ray Schnittker - 167; 5. Rene Allard - 159. Owners: 1. Emerald Highlands Farm - 125; 2. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 107; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 85.4; 5. J&T Silva Stables - 83. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park with the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for free for all pacers; at the Indiana State Fair with the Fox Stakes highlighting 10 stakes; and at Red Shores Racetrack with Gold Cup and Saucer eliminations. Paul Ramlow

The harness racing Grand Circuit provides constantly updated information on the races and other related events on the Facebook page dedicated to "Harness Racing's Finest". Press releases, both pre and post race, links to interesting articles, pictures from the Grand Circuit races and even historical photos of memorable races, horses and personalities are included. As the Hambletonian draws near and the Grand Circuit builds momentum, take a moment to visit and like the page here and enjoy the races! Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Spirit of Massachusetts, Plainridge Park, Plainville, Mass.; Delvin Miller Adios final, Adioo Volo and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Hambletonian Oaks, Peter Haughton Memorial and Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations and Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off this Friday (July 28) at Plainridge Park with the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot for older trotters. Headlining the field are 2016 Dan Patch Award Trotting Mare of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2016 Dan Patch Award Trotting Horse of the Year Obrigado. Also on Friday, the Meadows will feature three divisions in the $49,564 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $49,290 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday (July 29) card at The Meadows features the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios final for 3-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $125,950 Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $57,356 Arden Downs for 3-year-old filly trotters, two divisions in the $57,350 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $47,630 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers and a single $45,000 division in the Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt trotters. Meadowlands Racetrack will offer three sets of elimination races this week, with all the finals slated for the Hambletonian Day card of Saturday (Aug. 5). On Friday, the Meadowlands will host two $20,000 eliminations in the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters and a pair of $20,000 eliminations in the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters. On Saturday the program will feature two $40,438 eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters as well as the $49,580 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight-Soky's Legend) was the runner-up in the 2016 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Peter Tritton-trained standout wound up second best to 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. On Saturday night (July 22), Bit Of A Legend N was dismissed at odds of 15-1 as he took part in his second consecutive $260,000 Gerrity Pace and collected the victory. Driver Jordan Stratton sat patiently with the talented 8-year-old as a grueling pace was set. There wasn't a dull moment throughout as top rivals were slugging it out from the word "go." The opening quarter went in :26.4 before the first half was clocked in :54.3. The field bunched up after three-quarters in 1:21.2 and longshot Bit Of A Legend N powered up three-wide around the final turn. From fifth at the head of the stretch to first at the wire, Bit Of A Legend N stopped the timer in 1:50.3 exacting his revenge from last year's defeat in the Gerrity with an impressive win in the ninth annual installment of the race in honor of the former Chairman of the Board at Saratoga who passed away in 2005. Mach It So, a 36-1 shot (David Miller), came on for second while Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller) earned the show spot. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on July 22. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 423; 2. David Miller - 350; 3. Tim Tetrick - 308; 4. Scott Zeron - 290; 5t. Jason Bartlett - 236; 5t. Jordan Stratton - 236. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 363; 2. Jimmy Takter - 248; 3. Rene Allard - 159; 4. Ray Schnittker - 157; 5. Peter Tritton - 152. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 123.5; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 80.9; 3. Jeff Snyder - 75; 4. J&T Silva Stables - 74.2; 5. Determination - 67. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. The track will host ten Grand Circuit events, led by the $1 million Hambletonian, the first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, and the $300,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Joe Gerrity Memorial, Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Delvin Miller Adios eliminations, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Tompkins-Geers and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will be held this weekend at three different racetracks. Action begins on Friday (July 21) at Meadowlands Racetrack with the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be two $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old trotting colts and single $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old trotting fillies, pacing colts and pacing fillies. On Saturday (July 22), the Meadowlands card will offer the $59,370 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old trotting colts and the $49,870 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Also on Saturday, Saratoga will host their marquee event, the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial for older pacers. The field of eight is led by Mach It So, winner of last week's William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. Finally, The Meadows on Saturday will offer a pair of $25,000 eliminations for the Devlin Miller Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers. The $400,000 Adios final the following Saturday afternoon anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack hosted 11 lucrative Grand Circuit events this past Saturday, led by the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds. In that race the heated rivalry between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside reached a fever pitch. Huntsville held on by a head, gaining a 4-3 advantage in their eight showdowns. The only time neither got the victory was last month in the North America Cup -- won by Fear The Dragon -- where Huntsville was second and Downbytheseashore third. Fear The Dragon was not nominated to The Pace, leaving Huntsville and Downbytheseaside to battle it out. And battle they did. Huntsville got away fourth in the early stages before charging past Blood Line to grab the lead down the backstretch. The 1-5 favorite appeared comfortably in charge on the final turn as Downbytheseaside tipped outside for a long, grinding challenge. Huntsville flashed past the three-quarter pole in 1:20.3 and the torrid pace started taking a toll. In a display of guts and determination, Huntsville dug deep while Downbytheseaside relentlessly ate into his lead. The finish line arrived just in time for last season's 2-year-old Dan Patch Award champion to earn his first major win of this campaign. It was the fifth Pace victory for driver Tim Tetrick, trailing only the recently retired Hall of Famer John Campbell, who had seven wins in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Trainer Ray Schnittker improved his Pace record to 2-for-2. He combined with Tetrick to win in 2010 with One More Laugh. Huntsville continued his remarkable consistency with a 12th win in 18 lifetime starts. He has never finished worse than second. "My horse was tired late," Tetrick said. "He kept pushing all the way to the wire." The time for the mile was a lifetime best 1:47.4 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show, who earned $350,812 for the ownership team of Schnittker, Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on July 15. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 383; 2. David Miller - 316; 3. Scott Zeron - 280; 4. Tim Tetrick - 279; 5. Jason Bartlett - 236. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 359; 2. Jimmy Takter - 193; 3. Rene Allard - 159; 4. Ray Schnittker - 147; 5. Peter Tritton - 132. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 103.5; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 79.7; 3. Jeff Snyder - 75; 4. J&T Silva Stables - 73.5; 5. Determination - 67. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadows, Plainridge Park, and Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadows will host eight Grand Circuit events, led by the final of the Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old pacing colts; Plainridge will feature the inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts for older trotters; while Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations for three lucrative stakes, led by the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as the Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters. Paul Ramlow

Harness Racing This Week: Graduate Series finals, Meadowlands Pace elimination, W. N. Reynolds Memorial, and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Lawrence B. Sheppard eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit races will be contested this Friday (July 7) and Saturday (July 8) at the Meadowlands. On Friday the Meadowlands will host two $10,000 divisions in the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters and two $10,000 divisions in the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters. The stakes heavy Saturday card features the $240,000 Graduate Series finals for 4-year-old pacers and trotters; a single $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination for 3-year-olds; and the $41,880 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. Also on Saturday, Yonkers Raceway will feature three $25,000 eliminations in the Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by four lucrative events on the Sun Stakes Saturday (July 1) program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. After losing for the first time this season in last week's Max C. Hempt Memorial eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers, Fear The Dragon was right back to winning form in Saturday's final, capturing the $500,000 event by three-quarters of a length over Funknwaffles in 1:49.3. Donttellmeagain finished third and Miso Fast was fourth. Fear The Dragon has won seven of eight races this year, including the Pepsi North America Cup, and earned $711,953 for owner Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Last year, the colt won five of 11 races, hitting the board a total of 10 times, and earned $228,391. Devious Man sneaked his way along the inside of the stretch after a pocket trip behind favorite Long Tom and won Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.4. Long Tom finished second and Ariana G, the first filly to ever compete in the Beal, was third after racing first over from prior to the half-mile point. Devious Man, owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, and trained by Julie Miller, has won four of five races this year and earned $403,410. His wins this season also include the Empire Breeders Championship. He was second by a head in his Beal elimination. For his career, the son of stallion Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, has won 11 of 17 and earned $711,643. He was last season's New York Sire Stakes champion for 2-year-old male trotters. French-Canadian driver Simon Allard, who knew the late Herve Filion well, paid tribute to his early idol after winning the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pacing Championship with Keystone Velocity in 1:49.1. He stood in the sulky a la Herve and Hot Hitter, then unzipped his colors to show a Superman T-shirt underneath on Saturday. Keystone Velocity, the 2016 Pocono Horse of the Year, certainly raced like a Superhorse in the Franklin, quarter-moving in front of favorite Mel Mara then letting that one go to sit on his back. Through the stretch, Keystone Velocity went to the Pocono Pike and inch by inch gained on the chalk. He went past in the last few yards and won by a head. Keystone Velocity now has a career bankroll of $1,158,971, with Rene Allard handling the training for Allard Racing Inc., Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr., and VIP Internet Stable. Agent Q and driver David Miller made a sustained first-over drive pay off in Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, taking the lead coming off the final turn and pulling away from the field in the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:51. Caviart Ally, a 196-1 longshot, finished second and 14-1 Brazuca was third. Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Teenage Paige, has won four of seven races this year and earned $297,931. It was her first win in an open stakes final after second-place finishes in this year's Fan Hanover Stakes and Lismore Pace and last year's Breeders Crown and She's A Great Lady. The setbacks in the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown were both by a nose. For her career, Agent Q has won seven of 17 races, finished second nine times, and earned $736,635. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. She is trained by Aaron Lambert. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on July 1. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 288; 2. David Miller - 248; 3. Tim Tetrick - 174; 4. Matt Kakaley - 160; 5. Jason Bartlett - 150. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 317; 2. Rene Allard - 159; 3. Peter Tritton - 132; 4. Brian Brown - 110; 5. Jimmy Takter - 91. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 103.5; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 69.1; 3. J&T Silva Stables - 67.2; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 57; 5. Emerald Highlands Farm - 55. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again be taking place next weekend at The Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway. The July 14 Big M program will feature the opening leg of the Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers, while the massive July 15 Meadowlands card will offer the Meadowlands Pace final, the William Haughton Memorial, the Hambletonian Maturity, the Stanley Dancer Trot, the Del Miller Memorial, the Mistletoe Shalee, the Golden Girls and a leg of the Miss Versatilty. Yonkers will host the Lawrence B. Sheppard final for 2-year-old pacing colts, also on July 15. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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