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Excelsior "A" Series Finals highlight card

02:44 PM 14 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Eight Excelsior "A" Series Finals featuring harness racing freshman and sophomore pacers plus trotters with combined purses at $360,000, will race on a special Sunday evening program (October 15) at Vernon Downs. The 14 race card starts at 6:45 p.m. The finals are races seven through fourteen.

The first final (all are for a purse of $45,000 each) is for 2 year-old pacing fillies. The morning line favorite is the entry of KJ's Bekah (Jason Bartlett) and KJ's Justine (Daniel Dube) at 5-2. Both fillies are owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano.

KJ's Bekah (American Ideal - Upfrontandpersonal) has won three races. All were Excelsior "A" races.

KJ's Justine (American Ideal - Day Blue Chip) has two Excelsior "A" victories.

The second final is for freshman trotting colts and geldings. The morning line favorite at 5-2 is the unbeaten, On The Ropes (Chapter Seven - Rs Giggles). Owned trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. the 2 year-old gelding is five for five. All the victories were Excelsior "A" wins.

The next final is for 2 year-old pacing colts and geldings. The 5-2 morning line favorite is the entry of Dewar N Jack (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Rootin Tootin (Mark MacDonald).

Dewar N Jack (American Ideal - Hasty Dewar) is owned by Hutt Racing Stable and trained by Blake Macintosh. He has one Excelsior "A" victory in six starts.

Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe - Wild Retreat) is owned by Stuart and trainer Blake Macintosh. He has earned four wins in 10 starts. Three of the victories were Excelsior "A" wins.

The fourth final features 2 year-old trotting fillies. The entry of Southwind Cookie (Ake Svanstedt) and I'mwhygodmadegirls (Jim Morrill Jr.) are the morning line favorite at 5-2.

Southwind Cookie (Chapter Seven - Southwind Cabaret), who is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable with J&T Silva Stables and trained by Svanstedt, has three Excelsior "A" wins in seven starts.

I'mwhygodmadegirls (Credit Winner - Conwayslassie) is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Silva, Purnel & Libby while trained by Ron Burke. She has one Excelsior "A" victory.

The first sophomore final features 3 year-old pacing fillies. Roll WIth Sparky (John MacDonald) is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Owned by Lee Writers, Paul Tandimayer, and trainer Jim Graham, the Roll With Joe filly, has won nine times during her sophomore season.

The next final is for 3 year-old trotting colts and geldings. The morning line favorite is the entry of Big Man Ev (Andy Miller) and Southwind Cruze (Marcus Miller) at 2-1.

Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven) who is owned by Andy Miller Stable inc, Lindy Racing Stable, and H A Eisman while trained by Julie Miller has seven wins this season including the last five in a row.

Southwind Cruze (Chapter Seven) is owned by Andy Miller Stable and the Laurenzo Stable while also trained by Julie Miller. He has two Excelsior "A" victories on the season.

The next final is for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. The morning line favorite is Sir Pugsley (Daniel Dube) 5-2. The 3 year-old colt by American Ideal is owned by Mortberg Trust and trained by Donna Marshall. He has won over $100,000 this season with seven wins in 18 starts.

The morning line favorite for the last Excelsior "A" final for sophomore fillies, is Prairie Diamonds (Jeff Gregory) at 3-1. Owned by Frank Morosini, Laurie Poulin, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, the 3 year-old has six triumphs in 16 starts this season.

Racing begins at 6:45 p.m. this Sunday (October 15).

For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.

John Horne for Vernon Downs

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