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!
3. ARTSPEAK – Is certainly the horse to beat after his undefeated record and comfortable score in his elim. He won in convincing fashion for trainer Alagna and pilot Zeron.
2. GO DADDY GO – Gets Hall of Fame connections in his corner with McIntosh & Campbell. He captured his elim, draws inside and hasn’t missed the board in seven career starts.
8. LYONS AGAIN – Gingras elected to drive him in the final, which influenced my deciison. He has hit the board in each of his last three and is a good option for the triactor.
Mark McKelvie: 3-4-8-2
3. ARTSPEAK: Enters the Metro Pace undefeated and I expect will leave with that streak still alive. He has been a monster since day one and looks a second or two better than the rest of the field. His performance in the elimination was super impressive. Zeron hasn’t even asked this colt yet and I’m excited to see the day he does.
4. TRACEUR HANOVER: Did not race very well in his elimination, but may have been under the weather. I will give him a pass on that start because he has shown a lot of promise in his young career. He is a grinder and won’t show off with his speed, but if given the right trip could be in the right spot to pull the upset.
8. LYONS AGAIN: Has yet to win in five starts, but has hit the board in four of those starts, three times finishing second. He went a big trip last week and finished second to Artspeak. Not sure he can pull off an upset, but he has shown some heart and could get a piece.
2. GO DADDY GO: Races for the legendary duo of John Campbell/Bob McIntosh. With those two factors on his side you can’t count him out. He won his elimination, but it was almost two seconds slower than Artspeak. I’m not sure he has the pure talent to go with the favourite, but he will work hard.
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