Breeders Crown Championships October 29, 2016
Per Henriksen Seeks Fourth Breeders Crown Title
with Muscle Hustle
Trainer Per Henriksen is old enough to know that you’re never too old to take a shot in the Breeders Crown. The 70-year-old native of Norway, who is based out of Norwood, Ontario, is back in this year’s Breeders Crown presented by Mullinax Ford at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on Saturday night, seven years since he last raced in the championship event. To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE
Oct. 22, 2016~Western Fame Wins Second Colt-Pace Elim
Taking the lead early and cutting all of the fractions, Western Fame, with Mark MacDonald steering, continued his late-season productivity with a win in the second $25,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace at The Meadowlands on Oct. 22.
The Jimmy Takter-trained colt, owned by Brittany Farms, led in fractions of :27.2, :56, 1:25 and won in 1:52. Fernando Hanover, who came first over on the second turn to challenge Western Fame, took second, while Manhattan Beach nabbed the show spot.
Also qualifying for the final were Katies Rocker, fourth, and JJ Flynn, fifth.
Mark MacDonald said after the race that Western Fame is “extremely lazy” but when he leads he is “tough to get by.” Western Fame paid $3.20 to win. Betting Line, tapped to be the rail horse in the field, was scratched due to a spider’s bite. Also scratching was Stolen Glimpse, who was sick.
Oct. 22, 2016~Bar Hopping strolls in Crown elim
Bar Hopping flew to the lead heading down the backstretch and coasted to a 1:52.4 score in the second of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot on Saturday, October 22 at the Meadowlands.
The Jimmy Takter-trained colt by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour settled into fourth as Southern Cross trotted the first quarter in :28.1. After a :57.2 half, Bar Hopping tipped first over and rushed alongside Southern Cross and took the lead heading into the far turn. He kicked away at three-quarters in 1:25.1 and remained in front as Waitlifter K chased him home in second. Muscle Hustle, Winter Harbor, and Love Matters also qualified for the final. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Bar Hopping won his eighth race in 25 starts, earning $913,033 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. He paid $2.60.
“I thought this was a magnificent mile for him,” Jimmy Takter said. “You look at all the times here tonight, and everybody understands the wind is very hard in the stretch and it’s freaking freezing. He’s just learning how to race and has a lack of confidence, but one day he’ll get it.”
Oct. 22, 2106~Broadway Donna scores Big Finish in BC Elim
David Miller flew down the stretch aboard Broadway Donna to win the second $25,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot at The Meadowlands on Oct. 22.
Emoticon Hanover took the early lead with Windowshopper second and Flowers N Songs third at the :28 first quarter and the field stayed single file to the half in :57.4. EarnYour Wings was the first to pull heading for three-quarters, getting up to the leader in :127. As a brief duel ensued, the second tier formed with Flowers N Songs third over and full of trot, while favorite Broadway Donna went three wide to make a charge.
Broadway Donna soared down the outside lane about five wide and hit the wire first in 1:55 for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Fashion Farms LLC. Emotiicon Hanover held on for second, Flowers N Songs took third, while Earn Your Wings earned a berth in the final by finishing fourth, as did Celebrity Eventsy for finishing fifth.
Miller said after the race that Broadway Donna is “the best she has been all year . . . She kicked home real good [in this mile].”
Broadway Donna is last year’s Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting filly champ and this year she won the Filly Futurity at Lexington in two-straight heats.
Oct. 22, 2016~Tori Hanover Upsets With Late Charge In Freshman Filly Pace Elim
Scott Zeron was aboard Tori Hanover for the upset win in the second $20,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace at The Meadowlands on Oct. 22.
The Tony Alagna Somebeachsomewhere filly didn’t get much mention until she began to close on the bulk of the field late, storming pass favorite Someomensomewhere to win in 1:54.4. Someomensomewhere was three wide to the first quarter in :28, with Blameitonthenight first over and Rockette at the rail. Someomensomewhere then cut the half in :57.2 and at three-quarters in 1:26.3 Tori Hanover was third over and poised to swing out and charge on the group.
Someomensomewhere held for second, while Blameitonthenight got third, Jaye’s A Lady paced well after saving ground to get fourth and Rockette got a berth in the final by finishing fifth. Jeffrey Snyder owns the winning filly.
After the race Zeron said, “She was the product of a great trip tonight.” Tori Hanover paid $24.20.
Oct. 22, 2016~Sutton slides to Crown elim win
Trained by Julie Miller, Sutton, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare I Wanted Wings, sat in the pocket before edging up the pylons to win at 6-1 in the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot on Saturday, October 22 at the Meadowlands in 1:54.2.
Taking the lead in :28.1, Sutton soon took the pocket as Marion Marauder brushed to the lead. He remained in control through fractions of :56 and 1:25.3 before bracing pressure from Southwind Frank travelling uncovered. Marion Marauder was clinging to control in the stretch, drifting off the rail while Southwind Frank was gaining ground to his outside and Sutton was sliding alongside at the pylons. Sutton inched to the front to win by a neck over Marion Marauder, Southwind Frank, Lagerfeld, and Double L Lindy. Racing for Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jason and Douglas Allen, Sutton won his seventh race in 23 starts, amassing $382,431 in earnings. He was driven by Andy Miller and paid $15.40 to win.
“He has been good all year,” Miller said. “[He’s] just had a lack of luck I guess. In the Futurity, he had the outside in a 12-horse field; he was four deep in the first turn and three deep in the last turn and only got beat five lengths. And in the Hambo, he just missed. He’s been knocking at the door, so next week hopefully will be his turn.”
|Oct. 22, 2016~Pure Country grinds to Crown elim win |
Pacing off the gate into fourth, Jimmy Takter-trainee Pure Country was flushed first over heading to the half and sustained her uncovered bid to win the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace on Saturday, October 22 at the Meadowlands in 1:51.
Darlinonthebeach took the lead through a :27.4 first-quarter while Call Me Queen Be settled for the pocket. L A Delight, getting away last, moved two wide and managed to flush Pure Country heading to the half. Pure Country narrowed in on Darlinonthebeach through a half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2 before sticking her head in front in the stretch. L A Delight fanned off cover and closed down the center of the track to take second, while Call Me Queen Be sprinted up the rail for third. Darlinonthebeach and Kiss Me Onthebeach also made the final.
By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country won her 19th race in 29 starts, earning $1,662,198 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Driven by Brett Miller, she paid $5.20 to win. “I always felt like she was better when she has a target,” Miller said. “Obviously, she can do it any way, but she was very tough tonight.”
Chezatter wins Crown elim for David Miller
Oct. 21, 2016~World record holders took top billing on Opening Night (October 21) at The Meadowlands, with Always B Miki ($2.20) leading a David Miller grand slam in the evening's $25,000 Open Pace and Lady Shadow ($3.20) capping a four-bagger for driver Yannick Gingras with a Breeders Crown elimination win.
Lady Shadow, the world record holder at 1-1/8 miles, settled just off the pace in her $25,000 Breeders Crown split for older pacing mares (race 11) before using a bold middle move to take charge through a :54 half mile. The 5-year-old Shadow Play mare subsequently drew clear of Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) for a 1:48.4 victory, mounting a 7-3/4 length margin of victory.
Gingras drove the Ron Adams trainee for his fourth win of the night after teaming up with Ron Burke trainees Clear Vision ($3.20, 1:49.1) and Dayson ($2.80, 1:52.2), as well as Andrew Harris trainee Urbanite Hanover ($7.80, 1:49.3).
In the other elimination for distaff pacers (race 7), Frost Damage Blues ($10.00, Brett Miller) swept to the fore down the grandstand side in the last yards to finish second, but was elevated to first place after unofficial winner Solar Sister (Doug McNair) was deemed guilty of interference to Sassa Hanover in deep stretch.
Miller began his grand slam with victory in the night's first $20,000 Crown elimination for 2-year-old trotting fillies (race 2), pulling the pocket with Trond Smedshammer trainee Chezatter ($10.60) in mid-stretch to reel in 1-5 favorite Ariana G (Gingras) for a 1:53.4 score. While the daughter of Explosive Matter and Chez Lucie represented the Buckeye's only Crown elimination win on the evening, he also partnered with mile world record holder Always B Miki in what amounted to a prep for a showdown with defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in next week's Breeders Crown for older pacers.
Always B Miki used a first-over push through the far turn to capture the evening's Open Pace, pushing clear by four lengths to defeat Dealt a Winner (Andy Miller) in 1:48. Jimmy Takter trains the 5-year-old Always a Virgin entire.
Kelvin Harrison trainee Spicebomb ($7.60, 1:50.4) and Valeriya Medik trainee Exotic Beach completed Miller's grand slam.
Thats All Moni ($5.60) and Tim Tetrick took the other elimination for freshman fillies (race 4), dueling down Treviso (Charlie Norris) in 1:54.1.
A 14-race all-stakes card is on tap for Saturday (October 22) evening, with the balance of the Breeders Crown eliminations to be contested. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.