The Grand Circuit continues with the John F Simpson Memorial series this weekend. Saturday night, the Simpson splits for trotters are being raced at Vernon Downs with the pacers competing Sunday at Tioga Downs. I will be providing my selections for these races.
Like many of the Grand Circuit races, these tilts feature the second tier three year olds. The unfortunate truth is the best horses tend to camp out at the Meadowlands until the big races are conducted there before they move on to the rest of the Grand Circuit. Many of these horses competing this weekend either lack the ability of the marquee horses, are late bloomers not nominated to many of the big races, or are a little behind in their training. This is not to say some of these horses will not be competing in the big races; usually a few of them will end up switching over to the premier events as the season progresses.
Here are my selections for the stakes action at Vernon on Saturdave evening.
3rd Trot - $25,844; 1st Division; John F Simpson Memorial - 3yo fillies
7 - Full Tank 9-2 - Bencal trainee won division of International Stallion Stakes at Lexington last year. Lost to Bar Slide in Meadowlands qualifier last week. Class of field.
3 - Jesse's Messenger 2-1 - Undefeated in two year old season battling against Ohio breds. Makes first start against open company.
5 - True Advantage 8-1 - Not much luck against first stringers last year. Should find this field more to her liking.
4th Trot - $53,575; John F Simpson Memorial - 3yo colts
10 - Whata Winner 10-1 - Gone well this year thus far. Second best in here. Looking for upset.
4 - Wishing Stone 5-2 - Clearly the best in this field. If fit, should romp. Guessing he needs a start.
5 - Carnegie 8-1 - Fair effort in Dexter elimination. Pick up share.
3 - Folk Tail 7-2 - May complete the exotics.
5th Trot - $25,344; 2nd Division; John F Simpson Memorial - 3yo fillies
3 - Impressive Kemp 8-5 - Rose to the occasion in Bluegrass in Lexington. Tepid pick here.
1 - Munis Blue Chip 5-2 - Prepped well at the Meadowlands. Not out of it.
6 - Libechen 5-1 - Nice qualifier. May need a start.
For those looking to play Tioga Downs Saturday evening, here are my selections:
1st Pace - $4,000; Non-winners of 1 race lifetime
6 - Silent Hill 5-2
5 - Goldstar Vincenzo 7-2
4 - Bullville Princess 8-1
2nd Trot - $3,600; Class C-2
4 - Ebba's Yankee 7-2
7 - Swiss Star 4-1
5 - Seven Bends 5-1
3rd Pace - $4,000; Non-winners of 1 race lifetime
6 - P L Dragon 4-1
1 - Shug Shuttle 6-1
7 - TGIF 2-1
4th Pace - $5,800; Winners of 1 but not more than 3 races lifetime
6 - Leah's Prince 7-2
7 - Detail Main 5-2
2 - Sisyphus 8-1
1 - Upfront Cosmo 6-1
5th Trot - $6,300; Class C
6 - Rules Little Man 8-1
8 - Pembroke Chip 8-1
5 - Educator 5-1
6th Pace - $3,400; $4,000 Claiming
6 - Dangerous Truth 9-2
3 - Armbro Claret 7-2
1 - Benzorama A 9-2
7th Pace - $14,000; F-M Class A Handicap
5 - Ubetterthink Think 7-2
6 - Diva Delight 8-1
8 - Impressive Char 5-1
9 - Bet The Ranch 10-1
8th Trot - $9,500; Class B
1 - Lukas Rossi 8-1
5 - Keystone Thomas 4-1
6 - Court Cost 8-1
9th Pace - $9,500; F-M Class B
1 - Hugs Again 9-2
5 - Nonuknlady 8-1
4 - Penny Pincher 6-1
10th Trot - $3,800; $5,000 Claiming
7 - Jaguar 6-1
1 - Prank Player 5-2
4 - Eel 12-1
11th Trot - $4,500; Class C-1
2 - Jeff's Night Out 9-2
3 - Heidi Falls 5-2
8 - Chief Cochise 8-1
12th Pace - $4,500; F-M Class C-1
5 - Big Leag'in 4-1
3 - Lady Luck Le Ru 3-1
7 - Lovely Magic 5-1
9 - Raina Kash 8-1