THIS WEEK AT THE GRAND CIRCUIT

12:58 AM 01 Nov 2005 NZDT
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Andy Miller
Andy Miller
Photo - Chrissy Koeppen

This Week: Live harness racing excitement from Balmoral Park Grand Circuit, Balmoral Park, Crete, Illinois and Matron eliminations, Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware.

Schedule of events:

Grand Circuit action at Balmoral will be contested on Saturday (November 5) with the $250,000 (estimated) American-National Final for older pacers, the $250,000 (estimated) American-National Final for older trotters, the $225,000 (estimated) American-National Final for 3-Year-Old filly trotters, the $100,000 (estimated) Fairy Godmother for older pacing mares, and the $60,000 (estimated) Hanover Colt Stakes for 3-Year-Old trotting colts.

At Dover Downs, the 2005 Matron Stakes also get underway on Saturday (November 5) with the $75,000 (estimated) elimination for 2-Year-Old colt pacers, $60,000 (estimated) eliminations for 2-Year-Old filly pacers and 2-Year-Old filly trotters, and the $54,000 (estimated) elimination for 2-Year-Old colt trotters.

ast time:

Andy Miller was the big winner on Windy City Pace night (October 28) at Maywood Park.

Miller had two wins and one third in five Grand Circuit starts, with earnings of $148,550. Andy was victorious with My Boy David (1:54.3) in the $140,000 Abe Lincoln for 2-Year-Old pacing colts and with Magic Swan (1:57.3) in the $135,000 Galt Memorial for 3-Year-Old Open class trotters.

The $275,000 Windy City Pace Final was captured by Thin Blue Line (Mike Oosting) in a time of 1:52.3. Gold Dust Beach (Tony Morgan) cut the fractions in the mile before finishing second, ¾ of a length behind the winner. Arts Day (Eric Ledford) grabbed the show dough.

At Balmoral Park, a pair of $28,000 American-National eliminations for 3-Year-Old trotting fillies and two $27,000 American-National eliminations for older pacers were held on the October 29 program. Victor’s Pursuit (Dave Magee) and Arcola (Tim Tetrick) captured the filly splits, while Town Champion (Eric Ledford) and Boulder Creek (Dale Hiteman) were the winners in the Open pace events.

rand Circuit Driving Standings:

Ron Pierce remains the leader in the Grand Circuit dash standings with a total of 27 wins, four ahead of runner-up Dave Palone’s total of 23.

Pierce is also in front in the moneywinning list with purses of $2,795,660, while Brian Sears is second at $2,757,299. Brett Miller is first in the UDR chase with a mark of .467, with Pierce in second place at .390.

ooking ahead:

The Grand Circuit remains at Dover Downs next week with Matron Finals for 2-Year-Old colt pacers, 2-Year-Old filly pacers, 2-Year-Old colt trotters, and 2-Year-Old filly trotters.

All four finals carry estimated purses of more than $185,000.

ourtesy Of Paul Ramlow, Publicity Director, The Grand Circuit

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