Harness races this week: Paul Revere Pace, Plainridge Park, Plainville, Mass.
Event calendar : Plainridge Park is proud to host the Grand Circuit in Massachusetts on Thursday, April 28 as it plays host to the inaugural $100,000 Paul Revere Pace. The stake is for 3-year-old colts and geldings and is the first event to be held in 2022 for this division
Complete entries for the race can be found by clicking this link.
Last time: Funatthebeach N, sent off at 15-1, fought a serious battle for the lead, tussled by trailing favorite Leonidas A, and edged that rival when the chips fell to win a wild MGM Borgata Pacing Series finale of $549,000 on Monday night (April 25) at Yonkers Raceway in 1:50.1.
The tattoo artist (Dexter Dunn), Jack’s Legend N (Matt Kakaley) and reigning This Is The Plan series champion (Yannick Gingras) all left positions one, three and five, respectively, with Jack’s Legend N overtaking Tattoo Artist before the first trimester: 26.3. This Is The Plan was ready to face Jack’s Legend N immediately, and although Kakaley took a big hold on Jack’s Legend N, This Is The Plan couldn’t be erased, and Kakaley chose to let him go. of the second round.
While this was happening up front, Leonidas A (Austin Siegelman) was able to land fifth ahead of Funatthebeach N (Jordan Stratton), and they would both leave the pylons as Jack’s Legend N and This Is The Plan continued their slugfest at a:53.4 half. Leonidas A would then go three wide into corner three to resume the chase, while Funatthebeach N stayed two wide into the turn and then followed Leonidas A after entering the straight for the final time.
Leonidas A surged on the outside to take command before three quarters of 1:21.4, then crossed the rail towards the final corner. Funatthebeach N was also able to get into a two-wide position after three quarters as Jack’s Legend N retreated, boxing into Tattoo Artist and knocking him out. Semi Tough (Joe Bongiorno) also struggled with traffic, which was caught by two behind the tiring This Is The Plan.
With all of their rivals spent or caught in compromising spots, Leonidas A and Funatthebeach N would go head-to-head in a match run down the far corner and into the lane. Although Leonidas A had the lead in the turn, it was clear that Funatthebeach N was the better of the two as they approached the stretch, and it would be Funatthebeach N who would score from a length on Leonidas A. Semi Tough eventually rocked and was able to rally for third place.
Jeff Gillis and Mark Ford are the winning trainer-owner combination behind 8-year-old Funatthebeach N Somewhere gelding they claimed for $75,000 on September 6 last year in Yonkers. This was Funatthebeach N’s 29th lifetime tally, and he now boasts a bankroll of $732,039. He paid $33.20 to win.
Drama Act was the top points earner in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series preliminary rounds, and she backed that up by winning the $381,000 final on April 25 in Yonkers in a close final with Racine Bell. The mile time was 1:51.2.
Driver George Brennan fired Drama Act from pole position and led early, but Jason Bartlett wanted the front with favorite Racine Bell, and he moved it from the pocket to the point before the opening quarter: 27, 2. Racine Bell then moved the half back to just :56, with Easy To Please (Jordan Stratton) starting a first move from third after that marker. The tempo picked up noticeably after the release of Easy To Please, and although she couldn’t join Racine Bell, three quarters went to the board in 1:23.4.
Root Bell still had command in the final corner and in the lane after Easy To Please’s bid was blocked, but Bartlett had to keep working on her loadout throughout that period and then she drifted into the stretch, allowing Drama Act to pass without ever having to leave the pylons. Root Bell dug in and looked like he could hold his own, but Drama Act pounced in time and got up to defeat the pacemaker by a nose. Easy To Please was third.
A 5 year old girl from Well said, Drama Act is trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder The OK Corral. It was her 26th win in 46 career starts, and she has now earned $693,112. She was the 3-1 second choice and paid $8.10 to win.
Full recaps of all races are available on the Grand Circuit website.
Grand Circuit classification: In 2022, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three in the divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the best three finishers in the playoffs/innings). Winbak Farms is the 2022 Grand Circuit Prize Sponsor.
Here are the leaders (through the races of 04/25/22):
Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton- 126; 2. Jason Bartlett- 106; 3. George Brennan – 90; 4. Dexter Dunn – 83; 5 Yannick Gingras – 65 years old.
Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 131; 2. Jeff Gillis – 54 years old; 3. Erv Miller – 53; 4t. Cory Stratton – 50; 4t. Sheena Cohen- 50 years old.
Owners: 1. The OK Corral – 57; 2. Jesmeral Stable – 50; 3. Mark Ford – 40; 4. Team Tritton Inc. – 30; 5t. Karen Hauver – 27 years old; 5t. Ricky Bucci – 27 years old.
Look forward: Next week’s Grand Circuit action will take place at Freehold Raceway, Yonkers Raceway and The Meadowlands. Freehold will host the Dexter Cup for 3 year old male trotters and the Lady Suffolk for 3 year old female trotters; Yonkers will hold Reynolds Memorial divisions for male and female 3-year-old pacers; and The Meadowlands will host the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and open trotters and the Miss Versatility Series for older trotting mares.
by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit