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Thursday Thoughts: Grand Circuit at Dayton Raceway

by Al Cimaglia

September 27, 2018

The main events for Grand Circuit action this weekend take place in Ohio at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. The Dayton Trotting and Pacing Derbies, each with purses of $150,000 roll on Friday night, they are carded as Race 10 and Race 12 respectively. 

The morning line favorites in the Trotting Derby are Will Take Charge (5/2), Homicide Hunter (3-1), and the lone mare Ariana G (7/2). In the Pacing Derby the program chalks are McWicked (2-1), Donttellmeagain (3-1) and Western Fame (4-1). 
Conditioners Jimmy Takter and Chris Oakes have trainees in both events. 

The entries for the Trotting and Pacing Derbies are listed below in post-position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. 

The Dayton Trotting Derby-$150,000 Purse 

1-Moonshiner Hanover-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-8-1 
2-Ariana G-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter-7-2 
3-I Know My Chip-Kayne Kauffman-Chris Page-10-1 
4-Homicide Hunter-Scott Zeron-Chris Oakes-3-1 
5-Guardian Angel As-Matt Kakaley-Anette Lorentzon-6-1 
6-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeffrey Gillis-5-2 
7-Warrawee Roo-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais-15-1 
8-JL Cruze-$84070-Brett Miller-Eric Ell-9-2 
9-Bridge To Jesse's-Josh Sutton-Roger Welch-12-1 

The Dayton Pacing Derby-$150,000 Purse 

1-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-12-1 
2-Beckhams Z Tam-Aaron Merriman-Jamie Macomber-10-1 
3-Donttellmeagain-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr-3-1 
4-Western Fame-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-4-1 
5-Missile J L -Kayne Kaufman-Walter Haynes Jr-15-1 
6-Rockin Ron-Chris Page-Ron Burke-6-1 
7-Bit Of A Legend N-Jordan Stratton-Peter Tritton-8-1 
8-Mcwicked-Brian Sears- Casie Coleman-2-1 
9-Split The House-Scott Zeron-Chris Oakes-5-1 

Below are the Grand Circuit standings for drivers, trainers and owners. The points are based on a 20-10-5 scale for the top three finishers in division and final races, 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations. The standings have been updated through last weekend. 

Drivers-Yannick Gingras-980, Tim Tetrick-955.5, David Miller-701.5, Scott Zeron-454, Jordan Stratton-288 

Trainers-Ron Burke-802.5, Jimmy Takter-724, Tony Alagna-493.5, Jim Campbell-336, Erv Miller-267 

Owners-Fashion Farms-229, Burke Racing Stable-182.8, Weaver Bruscemi-171.5, Brittany Farms-153.2, Robert Key-142 

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