Spirit of Massachusetts Day Festivities Announced
By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park and the HHANE
Plainville, MA --- The Grand Circuit makes a mid-summer stop at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28) for two major
stakes on its calendar this year.
The first is the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot for for 3-year-old and older trotters and
the second is the new $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares. Both races are
presented by Plainridge Park Casino and the Harness Horseman’s Association of New England (HHANE). These
races will be contested on a special matinee card that will get underway at 2 p.m. and also feature some of the top
local trotting and pacing talent and horsemen that compete regularly in New England.
Besides offering a great slate of racing on the track, there will also be plenty of activities for those of all ages who
attend that day between races and feature a special guest to help cover the event. Bob Neumeier of NBC Sports
and Comcast Sports New England will be the host of the live track and simulcast feeds, covering all the action and
giving his expert opinions. Neumeier’s wealth of knowledge about horse racing will provide everyone with great
insight to the days card and in depth analysis after each race.
There will be a reception in the Boylston and Newbury Rooms, located on the second level of the grandstand
from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for owners, their guests and VIP’s of the two main stakes. Then there will be a full buffet
provided immediately after starting at 2:30 p.m.
There will be a great giveaway item available for the fans on hand. An insulated cooler bag will be given out at the door
while supplies last. This item is sponsored by Plainridge Park, the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts, the HHANE, Lindy Farms, Embroidery Unlimited, the Hambletonian Society & Hawthorne Suites (Franklin, MA) and will feature the logos of all the sponsors.
The Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts will be on hand with a mare and foal on display on the grass in the homestretch park for a meet and greet with all who would wish to stop by. Their members will also be able to provide information about the robust Standardbred breeding program in the state of Massachusetts.
The HHANE has invited the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA) to join the festivities and they are bringing their wildly popular Virtual Race Simulator that allows anyone to climb into the race bike and drive their horse to victory in virtual reality. This simulator has been traveling from track to track all summer and has been a major attraction wherever it shows up.
Between races you can relax and handicap the next event to the music of The Berkshire Valley Boys who are a great local band that will provide entertainment throughout the day on the apron.
Finally, there will also be Caricature Artists on hand who will be drawing your likeness free of charge.
The Spirit of Massachusetts day program promises to be the best ever held at Plainridge Park and one the whole family can enjoy.
Sunday ~ July 28, 2019
First Race Post Time 2 p.m.
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The inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts Trot in 2017 was very successful with forty nominations and a thrilling race which produced a track record by JL Cruze and created excitement both locally and nationally. For 2019, the track has added a co-featured event, the $100,000 Clara Barton Pace for Open fillies and mares. Race Secretary Paul Verrette said, “The goal of both events is to fill a need on the national stakes calendar. The Spirit of Massachusetts was designed to give top trotters a stake event the weekend prior to Hambletonian Day and I hope that the Clara Barton will do the same thing for top mares.”