Jim Ewart Memorial – Grand Circuit $1 Million Challenge

Tomorrow the Jim Ewart Memorial continues your hunt for $10,000 in the Grand Circuit $1 Million Challenge. We’ve assembled a crackerjack group of experts to help you make an informed pick:

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





Barry Vicroy: 4 – 5 – 2

4. SWEET LOU – 10 of 14 this year.Awinner of nearly halff his lifetime starts and over $3,000,000 is have a banner season. This World Champion has wins in the Haughton, US Pacing Championship, and Dan Patch. Loves to dictate fractions and the 4 hole is the prime leaving post at Scioto Downs. Had a couple weeks off and comes in off a sharp qualifier at The Meadows. He’s the one to beat.

5. BIGTOWN HERO – 6 year old gelded son of American Ideal is entering his prime now. $139,000 of his nearly $188,000 career earnings have come this year. Ships into the Ron Steck Stable for the Ewart, comes in off of an attention getting win in the Preferred at Pocona. Ripping through fractions of :26.3, :53.3, 1:19.4, to win in an eye popping 1:47.3. Should be able to get the trip of his choosing.

2. KANARIS -This 4 year old made a statement last out, out dueling Beach Memories in Scioto Downs Open Pace. Ripping off a final half of :54.1, last 1/4 in :27.1.Has thrived in the Buckeye state his last 5, all against open company, with 3 wins and 2 seconds. Steps up to face some of the best, but the inside post could lead to a fantastic trip and a chance to upset on a national stage.





Steve Carpenito: 5 – 1 – 4

5. BIGTOWN HERO – He’s a winner of 24 of 73 lifetime starts and has banked over $187,000 lifetime. He established a new lifetime mark in 1:47.3 last week in defeating preferred company at Pocono Downs. His lone stakes victory, a win in The Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island came back in August, an impressive 1:50.4 clocking over that bullring. This six-year-old enters this race at his best and looks extremely dangerous to me.

1. FOILED AGAIN – He’s a winner of an incredible 82 of 217 lifetime races while banking over $6.6 Million lifetime, making him the richest horse in the history of Harness Racing.  He’s a true warhorse that has been answering the bell week in and week out for years, having won many stakes for older horses, including The Breeders Crown in 2013 as a nine-year-old.   At the advanced age of ten he can still bring it, as witnessed by his 1:50 victory in the Quillen at Harrington Raceway in his last start. He’s always been a better horse over half-mile and five-eighths mile tracks and this spot is right in his wheelhouse.

4. SWEET LOU – He’s a winner of 32 of 69 lifetime starts while earning over $3 Million lifetime.   He has been the top older pacer in the sport in 2014, with victories in the Ben Franklin at Pocono, The Roll With Joe at Tioga, The Haughton & US Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands and The Dan Patch at Hoosier. Saw his ten race winning streak come to an end in his last start in the Canadian Pacing Derby Final at Mohawk, where he was bested by Modern Legend, Foiled Again and others. He is the only entrant in this field to compete in the inaugural Ewart Memorial in 2013, where he finished third to Pet Rock. Make no mistake, all roads to the winner’s circle lead through him.



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