Day At The Track

Grand Circuit rolls into Tioga on Sunday

05:00 AM 26 Aug 2017 NZST
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Tioga Downs
Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs presents its biggest harness racing card of the season on Sunday, August 27 with nine stakes Grand Circuit on the day carrying total purses of nearly $750,000.
 
Highlights include the $170,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot, $150,000 Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot and $158,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace supported by six divisions of the Reynolds stakes for 2-year-olds rounding out the program.
 
Ten of the finest trotters in the land are entered for the Crawford Farms (race 8) with the combined earnings of the field in excess of $12 million.
 
Resolve (PP #7) is the leading career money winner and arguably the best trotter currently racing in North America for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt and owner Hans Enggren. A winner three times in eight seasonal starts, Reslove's most recent effort was a convincing open length win in the $303,000 Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands.
 
Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) chased Resolve home on that occasion and has drawn just to the outside of his chief rival on Sunday. He's handling the graduation to the veteran ranks nicely for trainer Paula Wellwood and owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling with wins in the Hambletonian Maturity and Graduate final versus 4-year-old competition. Facing this deep and talented group in only his second foray open competition is a arduous task for last year's Triple Crown champ.
 
The Joie De Vie (race 6) features last year's dominant division leader Hannelore Hanover (PP#5 Yannick Gingras) and her newest rival in Swedish import Pasithea Face S (PP#2 Tim Tetrick). In the initial meeting Pasithea Face vanquished her accomplished rival with a grueling first over move to win the Dr John Steele Memorial on Hambo Day. Hannelore has not raced since while Pasithea Face tuned up with an overall track record 1:50.4 at Tioga last week in a leg of the Miss Versatility.
 
The Artiscape (race 7) pits Lady Liberty winner Pure Country (PP#5 Mark MacDonald) against Golden Girls winner Nike Franco N (PP#2 Tetrick) in another field of six. Those two threw down for the final three eighths of a mile in the Liberty with Nike Franco wrestling the lead away by a neck at the stretch call before Pure Country rallied back to get the win.
 
The Reynolds stakes cover six races, two each for the trotting and pacing colts and a single division of fillies for each gait.
 
It's Corntastic weekend at Tioga Downs and post time on Sunday is 1:00 p.m.
 
Here are the fields for the three featured events:
 
SIXTH RACE
Condition: Joie De Vie Open Mares
Gait: Trot Purse: $150,000 Class: JOIEDEVIE Dis: 1 Mile
  HN PP Horse Meds Driver Trainer Years Best Last 3 Odds Claiming  
  1 1 JEWELS IN HOCK L
Ma Kakaley
Ro Burke
1:54.0 1-9-1
8-1
   
  2 2 PASITHEA FACE S  
Ti Tetrick
Ji Takter
1:50.4 1-1-2
9-5
   
  3 3 CAPRICE HILL  
Br Sears
To Alagna
1:53.3 4-2-2
5-1
   
  4 4 EMOTICON HANOVER  
Da Dube
Lu Blais
1:51.0 3-1-1
3-1
   
  5 5 HANNELORE HANOVER L
Ya Gingras
Ro Burke
1:50.3 4-2-1
2-1
   
  6 6 FAD FINANCE  
Da Miller
TrSmedshammer
1:52.1 5-1-3
12-1
   
 
SEVENTH RACE
Condition: Artiscape Open Mares
Gait: Pace Purse: $158,000 Class: ARTISCAPE Dis: 1 Mile
  HN PP Horse Meds Driver Trainer Years Best Last 3 Odds Claiming  
  1 1 CALL ME QUEEN BE  
Sc Zeron
Ro Croghan
1:53.0 2-4-5
9-2
   
  2 2 NIKE FRANCO N L
Ti Tetrick
Ja King Jr
1:48.0 3-2-1
2-1
   
  3 3 FROST DAMAGE BLUES L
Co Callahan
Th Fanning
1:50.1 1-5-4
5-1
   
  4 4 BEDROOMCONFESSIONS L
Ya Gingras
To Alagna
1:49.3 1-5-1
7-2
   
  5 5 PURE COUNTRY L
Ma MacDonald
Ji Takter
1:48.0 1-2-7
5-2
   
  6 6 PENPAL  
Da Dube
Pa Lachance
1:49.2 7-3-6
8-1
   
 
EIGHTH RACE
Condition: Crawford Farms Open Horses
Gait: Trot Purse: $170,000 Class: CRAWFORD Dis: 1 Mile
  HN PP Horse Meds Driver Trainer Years Best Last 3 Odds Claiming  
  1 1 DAYSON L
Ti Tetrick
Ro Burke
1:52.3 4-3-4
6-1
   
  2 2 FLANAGAN MEMORY L
Br Sears
Re Dion
1:52.2 1-8-2
7-2
   
  3 3 JL CRUZE  
Da Miller
Er Ell
1:51.0 5-1-3
5-1
   
  4 4 PRAIRIE FORTUNE L
Ja Meittinis
Mi Deters
1:53.2 8-4-1
15-1
   
  5 5 GURAL HANOVER L
Ma Kakaley
Ro Burke
1:51.0 1-1-1
8-1
   
  6 6 CUFFLINK HANOVER  
Co Callahan
JoButenschoen
1:51.1 4-7-2
12-1
   
  7 7 RESOLVE  
Ak Svanstedt
Ak Svanstedt
1:54.2 1-4-8
5-2
   
  8 8 MARION MARAUDER  
Sc Zeron
Pa Wellwood
1:51.2 2-1-1
3-1
   
  9 9 CRAZY WOW L
Ya Gingras
Ro Burke
1:51.1 10-3-1
4-1
   
  10 [10 WINGS OF ROYALTY  
Ma MacDonald
Ge Ducharme
1:52.4 1-11-2
15-1
 
Nick Salvi
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