Notes on Grand Circuit stakes at The Meadowlands this weekend

East Rutherford, NJ — The penultimate card of The Meadowlands Championship Meet comes up this weekend with racing on Friday (July 26) and Saturday (July 27). Post time each night is 7:15 p.m.

Friday’s features are the elimination races for the stakes for the freshman trotting fillies and colts, the Jim Doherty and Peter Haughton Memorials. Those rich finals will be part of the Aug. 3 Hambletonian card.

A total of 24 fillies were declared for the Doherty, requiring three eight-filly $20,000 elimination races with the top ten returning for the $350,000 (est.) final. The Haughton drew 17 precocious males which will split into a pair of $20,000 eliminations toward next week’s $425,000 (est.) final.

Also on the bill for the weekend, racing on the Saturday card, are the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations which will see 19 3-year-old filly trotters battling for the ten berths available in the $500,000 final.

The W.N. Reynolds stake for 3-year-old males is the very last prep for the upcoming Hambletonian and a dozen have entered the fray for that contest.

Last, but certainly not least, is the $60,000 final for the Golden Receiver FFA pace.

All of the pertinent information will be posted on the Meadowlands website when the draw is complete later this afternoon.

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