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Grand Circuit action back

May 10, 2007

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The Grand Circuit continues its season opening stop at Freehold Raceway Friday with three $37,517 divisions of the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday program features the $162,500 Dexter Cup final for 3-year-old colt trotters.

The 2007 Grand Circuit season commenced last week at Freehold with a pair of divisions of the Helen Dancer for 3-year-old filly pacers (raced on Friday, May 4) and two $27,078 eliminations for the Dexter Cup (contested on Saturday, May 5).

The opening Helen Dancer division went to Montrell Teague and Rodney Mitchell, Jr.’s Artcotic in a time of 1:55.1. Ron Pierce drove the Artiscape miss to a neck score over Kisskissbangbang (Cat Manzi). Dragon Flier K (George Brennan) picked up the show dough.

In the second Helen Dancer split, Alton Lynch Jr. Inc. and Wayne Chrebet’s Southwind Tempo (Tim Tetrick) went wire to wire for the victory in a time of 1:53.4. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight posted a neck triumph over Elusive Prey (Andy Miller). Jerry’s Girl (Ben Stafford Jr.) finished third.

Saturday’s opening Dexter Cup elimination was captured by Rod Allen Inc., Winbak Farm, and Niss Allen Inc.’s Budget Gap with a come-from-behind 1:58.3 effort. Rod Allen was in the bike for trainer Kelly Stackowicz as the Self Possessed gelding was a neck winner over Bamboo Yankee (Ray Schnittker). Third-place finisher Rovaniemi (Steve Smith) and fourth-place finisher Sullivan’s Travels (David Miller) also advanced to the final.

In the second elimination, M and L of Delaware Inc.’s Manfinity (George Brennan) closed in the stretch to defeat New Hampshire Boy (Schnittker) by a nose in 1:59.1. Cumulus (Trond Smedshammer) finished third and Light Headed (Todd Schadel) was fourth. They will also head to this week’s final.

Allen, Brennan, Pierce and Tetrick share the lead in the G.C. driving standings with one win apiece.

Following this season opening stop, the first of 19 on the 2007 schedule, Grand Circuit action will resume in late June at Hoosier Park in Indiana and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. (Grand Circuit)

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