The Grand Circuit will make 21 stops during its 2006 racing season and has added one new member according to the schedule announced on Monday (January 16) by G.C. President Tom Thomson.
Hawthorne Racecourse in Stickney, Illinois has been added to the Grand Circuit slate and will offer a stakes filled schedule from June 9-June 17.
There are only minor changes in the schedule from last year to the new campaign.
The Breeders Crown dates move from late-August/early-September to late-July (older horses) and from late-November to late-October (2 and 3-Year-Old events); Maywood shifts from late-October to mid-November; and Dover, which ran a split schedule in 2005 with their 2-Year-Old races contested in November and their 3-Year-Old races held in December, will have all their Grand Circuit races contested in a two week period from November 12-November 26.
The Grand Circuit has been in existence since 1871, when representatives from three racetracks in different states met to create a racing circuit.
The first campaign for the Grand Circuit took place in 1873, when four tracks offered $169,300 in purses.
From those humble beginnings, the Grand Circuit has blossomed into a yearly showcase of the finest 2 and 3-Year-Old harness horses competing in North America, with purses now totalling many millions of dollars at racetracks and fairs in many areas of the continent.
The complete 2006 schedule for the Grand Circuit is as follows.
TRACK -- DATES
Freehold Raceway -- May 7-May 14
Hawthorne Racecourse -- June 9-June 17
Hoosier Park -- June 17-June 24
Meadowlands (Historic Series) -- June 26-July 1
Historic Track (Goshen) -- June 30-July1
Pocono Downs -- July 8-July 14
Scioto Downs -- July 20-July 22
Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands -- July 22-July 29
Meadowlands -- July 26-August 5
Meadows -- August 8-August 12
Illinois State Fair (Springfield) -- August 11-August 17
Indiana Downs -- August 18-August 19
Indiana State Fair (Indianapolis) -- August 19
Illinois State Fair (Du Quoin) -- August 28-September 2
Mohawk -- September 2-September 9
Delaware, Ohio County Fair -- September 17-September 22
The Red Mile -- September 26-October 7
Breeders Crown at Woodbine -- October 20-October 28
Balmoral Park -- November 4-November 11
Maywood Park -- November 10-November 17
Dover Downs -- November 12-November 26
ourtesy Of Paul Ramlow, Publicity Director, The Grand Circuit