Canadian Pacing Derby – Grand Circuit $1 Million Challenge

The Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday continues the hunt for the top prize in the Grand Circuit $1 Million Challenge and we’ve assembled a crackerjack group of experts to help you as you make your pick in the contest.

Reminder: If you’ve picked a few horses that didn’t win so far, you could still win $10,000, $5,000 or $2,500 so keep voting!


greggangleGreg Gangle: 7 – 3 – 2

7. FOILED AGAIN – Raced tremendous in his elimination to finish second. He landed in the the two-hole at the opening quarter in :25 and kicked home in :25.3. He’s been racing well all season and is due for a winning effort. He draws well despite not winning his elim and may offer a fair price.

3. SWEET LOU – Will be your favourite when the gates unfold and deserves to be. He’s the top free-for-all pacer so far this season, draws well and has won 10 of 13 starts this season. He’s the horse to beat in this field.

2. CLEAR VISION – Was the other elimination winner, draws inside and kicked home in a sizzling :25.1 to win by a nose. He certainly has the speed and top connections in his favour. He’ll look to redeem himself after finishing second, by a nose, in last years rich final.


markmckelvie1Mark McKelvie: 3-6-2-7

3. SWEET LOU: Enters the Canadian Pacing Derby on a ten-race win streak and has been just dominated this division. Looked strong in winning his elimination and I can’t find or think of any reason why he won’t be on top of his game. He is a monster, plain and simple.

6. STATE TREASURER: Is having a very strong year and has the home track advantage. State Treasurer has dominated the Preferred at Mohawk this season and loves this racetrack. He was second to Sweet Lou in the US Pacing Championship and expect he will give ‘Lou’ a run for his money.

2. CLEAR VISION: Has been racing in Sweet Lou’s shadow all season, but is putting together a really great year. He won his elimination with an amazing last quarter sprint. Sweet Lou looks unstoppable, but if he is going to get beat Clear Vision has all the upside to be the horse to pull the upset.

7. FOILED AGAIN: Won the 2012 edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and is the richest standardbred ever. This season hasn’t been a banner year, but Foiled Again does a lot of his best work in the fall when the weather is cooler. He raced very well in his elimination and may be loving that Canadian air.

These statements do not reflect the views of the Harness Racing Fan Zone or the United States Trotting Association

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