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Grand Circuit stakes this weekend at Big M

July 27, 2018

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The Meadowlands hits its best stride in the final two weekends of live racing with many of the marquee Grand Circuit stakes desired by the connections of the top horses in harness racing taking place over the New Jersey mile oval.
The stakes begin on Friday with a pair of $20,000 elimination races for the Jim Doherty Memorial, a key race for the freshman trotting fillies and a tiara worn by many of the leading ladies of racing. Names like Winky's Gill, Peace Corps. CR Kay Suzie, Check Me Out, Mission Brief and Ariana G grace the list of those who have won previous editions of the stake.

This season, 19 two-year-old filly trotters were declared for the the Doherty and Beautiful Sin will attempt to add her name to the storied roster as she begins from post seven for driver Yannick Gingras in the second elimination, race six.

The Muscle Hill filly, first foal of her Cantab Hall dam Sina, captured the imagination of the Lexington Selected Sales crowd when she fetched $480,000, the highest price of any yearling sold at auction last year. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable was the final bidder and he placed his new treasure in the Jimmy Takter barn.

Beautiful Sin has been perfect by winning all five of her races thus far, three qualifying "Baby Races" and a pair of minor stakes. Friday brings the first major challenge of her fledgling career as she'll face the finest competition currently racing including Whispering Oaks (Takter/Scott Zeron) who took the $125,000 final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes two weeks ago.

Takter also sends out an imposing pair of fillies in the first elimination (race 4) including the home-bred Father Patrick fill Suzy, another potential star from the great broodmare Solveig who's daughter Shake It Cerry won the 2013 edition of the stake. Jimmy will drive Suzy for Christina Takter and Solveig's Racing Partners.

The Ice Dutchess cost the Coyote Wind Farm $320,000 at Harrisburg last fall and was also been enrolled in the Takter school of trotting. She has displayed remarkable talent in limited appearances thus far including a PA All Star stakes win in 1:57.1 for Gingras, who has the drive on Friday.

The top 10 from the Doherty eliminations will race on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 4, in the $357,450 final. (Meadowlands)

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