|Notes on Breeders Crown Starters by Event |
Updated October 25, 2012
Play It Again
Seven horses have won the same Breeders Crown division in back-to-back years and Bettor Sweet, Frenchfrysnvinegar & Anndrovette can all add their names to this list in 2012 if one or all of them score a victory Breeders Crown night.
Grades Singing 1986-1987 Mare Trot
Red Bow Tie 1998-1999 Open Pace
Fools Goal 2002-2003 Open Trot
Boulder Creek 2004-2005 Open Pace
Mystical Sunshine 2006-2007 Mare Trot
Buck I St Pat 2009-2010 Mare Trot
Won The West 2009-2010 Open Pace
$4 Million Plateau
Foiled Again has already surpassed $4 million in earnings in 2012. Commander Crowe could be next on Breeders Crown Night. Arch Madness is fast approaching and Won The West was recently retired, falling slightly short.
A Ladies Day, Night, Year?
Put On A Show takes on the boys, while Check Me Out searches for Horse Of the Year honors.
Casie Coleman is chasing the Horse of the Year title with the 2012’s richest pacer--Michaels Power.
Linda Toscano has a pair of Horse of the Year candidates in Chapter Seven and Market Share.
No female trainer has EVER had a Horse Of The Year in North America, been Trainer of the Year in North America or had the leading money-winning horse for the year. This could all change in 2012!
Female Trainers of Breeders Crown winners
Linda Toscano 2002 Mare Pace Molly Can Do It
Linda Wallis 2003 Three-year-Old Filly Pacer Burning Point
Kimberlie Miller 2006 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Charley Barley
Casie Coleman 2007 Mare Pace Moving Pictures
2008 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace A And Gsconfusion
2011 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Betterthancheddar
Julie Miller 2009 Open Trot Lucky Jim
Tracy Brainard 2009 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Yellow Diamond
Girls Taking On The Boys Successfully
See You At Peelers $307,734 Rooney (2011)
Silk Stockings $250,000 Monticello OTB Classic (1975)
Saccharum $250,000 William Haughton (1986)
Fan Hanover $241,799 1981 Little Brown Jug (1981)
Duenna $1,080,000 Hambletonian (1983)
Continentalvictory $1,000,000 Hambletonian (1996)
Peaceful Way $789,750 Maple Leaf Trot (2006)
Moni Maker $500,000 Nat Ray (2000)
Moni Maker $500,000 Breeders Crown (1998)
C R Kay Suzie $500,000 Breeders Crown (1996)
Fifth Breeders Crown Start for Arch Madness
Arch Madness defeated Donato Hanover in the 2007 Breeders Crown and is approaching $4 million in career earnings. He’s from the final crop of Ontario-based super sire Balanced Image, and at age eight, will be trying to duplicate what Fools Goal did in 2003 in winning a Breeders Crown.
Can Linda Toscano make history?
It’s been 40 years since two horses from the same stable finished one-two-in the year-end Horse of the Year balloting. This could happen again if Linda Toscano’s Market Share and Chapter Seven both win their Breeders Crown races. In 1972 Stanley Dancer’s Albatross and Super Bowl finished first and second in the Horse of the Year ballots.
How many 4-Year-Old Male Trotters have been named Horse of the Year?
Five of the 65 Horse of the Year winner have been 4-year-old trotters, and if Chapter Seven wins his Breeders Crown, he’d become number six. The previous 4-year-olds to be so honored were Victory Song in 1947; Rodney in 1948; Scott Frost in 1956; Nevele Pride in 1969 and Mack Lobell in 1988.
Michaels Power—Just the Facts
A homebred from 25-year-old sire Camluck, supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500, with a 23-year-old driver, Scott Zeron in the sulky. Michaels Power’s sire Camluck, won the Breeders Crown 21 years ago. Owner Jeff Snyder has won more million dollar pacing events than anyone else, with seven.
Richie Silverman, at age 21, was the youngest driver to win the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace division, when he piloted Masquerade at Garden State Park in 1986 to victory.
Since 1984, just seven winners of the Little Brown Jug have gone on to win the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace.
Updated October 24, 2012
Cedar Dove~another back to back win for Noel Daley this year?
Noel trained My Little Dragon to win Breeders Crown in 2005 & 2006; Chris Ryder trained Mystical Sunshine to back-to-back Breeders Crown wins in 2006 & 2007; and Brett Pelling harnessed Armbro Operative to wins in 1996 & 1997.
Is Valley High Stable ready for more Breeders Crown history?
Bill Weaver’s magic has already resulted in Valley Victory and Chocolatier. Now, the man behind the Valley High Stables is looking at a pair of potential winners this Saturday in the Breeders Crown with a only one loss between them! Wheelin N Dealin and To Dream On—has any other breeder won both freshman Breeders Crown in the same year? Yes, KD Owen did it in 1990 with Crystas Best and Jean Bi.
Camluck and Balanced Image~Back For More
Camluck won the Breeders Crown in 1991, the first of three straight for Bob McIntosh in the Older Pace. That same year Balanced Image also won-as a sire-for the first time in the Breeders Crown with Billyjojimbob. Both Camluck and Balanced Image are back in 2012 and history could be set. If Arch Madness wins, the five years since his other Breeders Crown victory would set a record for in-between time. And Camluck, despite the fact that he is by far the leading stallion in Canada’s history, is still looking for his first male Breeders Crown winner. This year Michaels Power will try and supply the trophy.
Five Breeders Crown winners are broodmares on this Saturdays Card: Rainbow Blue, All American Nadia , Blur & Stienams Place and Syrinx Hanover (a two-time Breeders Crown winner).
Sweet Future & Solveig well-represented
Both these standout ladies have a pair of contenders on the Breeders Crown card. Sweet Future looking for the double of doubles if she can once again sweep with Sweet Lou and Bettor Sweet. Solveig has Solvato in the 11th race (the three-year-old colt and gelding trot) and Dontyouforgetit in the 8th race (the two-year-old colt and gelding trot).
Unique in 2012 in the Breeders Crown
1) Monkey On My Wheel, with a win, could become the first pacing female to win a Crown at ages three and four.
2) 165 Pacing Breeders Crown races entering 2012, and never has a female taken on the boys-until now-with Put On A Show.
3) Never has a female trainer sent out the Horse of the Year in North America. Michaels Power from Casie Coleman and a host of contenders from the Linda Toscano barn can end all that. 65 horses have been Horse of the Year with 40 different trainers—and all have been male!
4) Dave Palone could become just the second dash-winning driver in 26 years if he wins a Crown, since Herve Filion first did it in 1986 with Grades Singing.
5) There’s a $4.4 million winning pacer in the 2012 Breeders Crown-Foiled Again. Gallo Blue Chip had $3,920,446 on his card in the 2002 Breeders Crown won by Real Desire, the previous richest pacing performer on a Crown card.
6) Scott and Rick Zeron attempt to become the first ever father and son to capture Breeders Crown in the same season.
7) Check Me Out, with a win would become the first ever $2 million winning filly—pacer or trotter!
8) Nine-year-old Commander Crowe, will attempt to become the oldest horse to win any Breeders Crown. The Older Male Trotting Crown has seen just one 4-year-old in the past 15 editions win, when Lucky Jim did so in 2009.
9) Can Tony Alagna or Jimmy Takter or Linda Toscano take a shot at Billy Haughton’s single-season Breeders Crown earnings record of $921,967 set in 1985? We'll see.
10) Arch Madness looks to win Breeders Crowns five years later from the first time he won it! In 2007 he upset Donato Hanover by winning the three-year-old colt trot.
If Androvette wins the Breeders Crown it will make three straight years that a Breeders Crown-winning broodmare was by Big Towner. She’s the only one on the 2012 card. The past two years saw Big Jim (2010) and Androvette(2011).
Four for King John
John Campbell is the only driver to win any division four straight times! He’s won the two-year-old filly pacing division with Miss Easy in 1990; with Hazelton Kay in 1991; with Immortality in 1992 and with Electric Slide in 1993.
Put On A Show
Sire Rocknroll Hanover is the only sire ever--trotter or pacer--to have a double, millionaire male and female from his first crop: Put On A Show and Rocknroll Heaven.
$307,794 is the richest purse ever for a female pacer to win versus boys. Some of the others on this list include: See You At Peelers in the 2011 Rooney; Silk Stockings in the $250,000 Monticello OTB Classic 1975; Saccharum's $250,000 William Haughton win at Yonkers in 1986; and Fan Hanover's $243,000 in the 1981 Little Brown Jug.
Up The Credit
This Breeders Crown marks the first ever with a match-up between the winner of the richest 3-year-old race of all-time (Up The Credit winning the $1,530,000 North American Cup in 2011) and harness racing’s all-time richest pacer Foiled Again ($4,454,276). No horse has ever won the North America Cup and the Breeders Crown Aged Pace.
Hypnotic Blue Chip
His 1:47.2 world record on Hambletonian Day 2010 snapped a 14 year old record held by Jennas Beach Boy for 4-year-olds. Jenna’s Beach Boy is the only Breeders Crown pacer to win three straight Breeders Crowns. Hypnotic Blue Chip’s trainer Kevin McDermott supplemented into maybe the most famous of the 322 Breeders Crown races, finishing fifth to Varenne in 2001 with the trotting mare Anklet Hanover.
Two 7-year-olds won at Pocono in the 2010 Breeders Crown: Buck I St Pat and Enough Talk. Golden Receiver is a modern day Red Bow Tie-trying to win a $100,000 race in January, and then later the same year the US Pacing Championship and the Breeders Crown. Red Bow Tie did it twice 1998 and 1999. Golden Receiver is also trying to do what only Red Bow Tie did in 1999-with the aforementioned three races and the Haughton—all in the same year!
We Will See
From the next to last crop of horse racing’s #1 stallion of all-time: Western Hanover. He’s $43,000 shy of Well Said ($2,569,342 to $2,526,698) and then he becomes the richest stallion by Western Hanover (Won The West the richest, he's a gelding at $3.9 Million).
Bettor Sweet was race timed in 1:47.2 in 2009, in the fastest-ever Breeders Crown event (1:47),beaten just a couple of lengths and finishing in front of Shark Gesture and Mister Big. His sire Bettors Delight has $2,581,461 in earnings and Bettor Sweet is at $2,541,737: just $40,000 in earnings shy from Over-taking his Breeders Crown-winning sire.
With earnings of $4,454,276, Foiled Again is the number one, all-time richest pacer in the history of the sport, but he has not yet won a Breeders Crown. Fools Goal won the Breeders Crown at age eight in 2003. $1.9 million of his $2.6 million career earnings made from ages seven to eight. For Foiled Again-he's near $3.4 million from ages six, seven and eight.
Her sire Camluck is 25-years-old and already has the Jug under his belt this year with son Michaels Power ($2,545,060). Next up are daughters Loyal Opposition ($2,640,934)Burning Point ($2,853,289). The five richest female pacers of all-time are daughters, granddaughters or great-granddaughters of Cam Fella! Dreamfair Eternal has had five different drivers in her last five starts.
Rocklamantion is one of seven 4-year-olds in the field. Driver Jim Morrill and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to win the fastest ever Breeders Crown with Won The West 1:47 flat in 2009. Ron Burke has never won this division.
Camille is another daughter by Camluck, who has won this division twice with daughters Burning Point (2006) and Molly Can Do It (2002). Camille has some of same connections as Sweet Lou and Foiled Again, and she has the most wins (10) of any contestants in this field in 2012.
Defending Breeders Crown Champion with $1.8 million in career earnings, and 2012 world record setter (1:48.1). Androvette would surpass Invitro ($1,983,077) with a Breeders Crown victory. Repeat winners in this division include Shady Daisy (at ages four & six) and Eternal Camnation (at ages four & six).
Her driver, Scott Zeron is trying to become the first driver born after the series began to win a Breeders Crown. Teaparty Princess is the only 2012 finalist with just a single win this year (Jan. 16).
Driver Doug McNair is looking to get on the board in the 2012 Breeders Crown. Father –trainer Gregg McNair started Lusty Leader in the 1995 Crown.
Monkey On My Wheel
No female has ever won the 3- and 4-year-old Breeders Crown Pace. Eternal Camnation won at ages two, four and six; My Little Dragon won at ages two, three and five; and Burning Point won at ages three and six.
Drop The Ball
Starts from the second tier—the first ever Breeders Crown winner from the second tier was Anniecrombie in 1987, who won from Post 11. Drop The Ball set a track record in her 2011 Breeders Crown elimination.
NOTE: This event has been clocked in sub 1:50 six times, with Hana Hanover holding the stakes mark at 1:48.4. Sire Rocknroll Hanover has a unique chance in 2012 to win both Open Crowns, with Rocklamation in this event and with Put On A Show in the Open Pace against the boys.
Two Year Old Trotting Fillies
Daughter of odds-on Breeders Crown favorite and odds-on Hambletonian Favorite Andover Hall. Driver Mike Lachance's 3-bagger in the slop at Woodbine in the 2006 Breeders Crown included this division, when he won with Possess The Magic. At age 62, Mike Lachance is looking to become the oldest driver since Carl Allen (who won at age 69) to win a Breeders Crown.
Trainer-driver Ray Schnitker is looking to become the first trainer in 20 years to win event this back to back. Trainer Chuck Sylvester took this division in 1991 with Armbro Keepsake and in 1992 with Winkys Goal. This division was one of three lost to the snow for driver Tim Tetrick in 2011, when because of inclement weather, he was not able to get a flight out of New Jersey and thus lost his drive in this race with winner Check Me Out, and also the wins with Androvette and Chapter Seven in the other divisions. Driver Ron Pierce is looking for his third straight victory in the freshman filly trotting category. He won the 2012 edition with Martiniontherocks and the 2011 edition with Check Me Out.
This daughter of sire Donato Hanover-who sent out both 2011 divisional winners from his first crop (Check Me Out and Possess The Will) is the most inexperienced filly in the field with just four lifetime starts, however, she does have three wins and one third to her credit. Trainer Jonas Czernyson is a disciple of Per Eriksson (whose last Breeders Crown win came with Dream Of Joy in this division in 1999). Driver Dave Miller has won this division for both Nifty Norman (Poof She’s Gone) and Brett Pelling (Forever Starlet).
Daughter of undefeated 2-year-old Cantab Hall, who was ten for ten (10-10, and himself a Breeders Crown winner himself. Antsy Dancey is trained by Chris Beaver, who harnessed Raging Samantha to win the 1998 Classic Final. Driver Sylvain Filion scored a Breeders Crown upset in 2011 with Goliath Bayama.
She is one of two daughters by sire Broadway Hall in here. Broadway Hall is the only stallion to have captured both the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks in the past three years, with Broad Bahn in 2011 and Broadway Schooner in 2009. Driver Brian Sears has never won this division, and he has the longest current streak (9 years)of winning at least one Breeders Crown each season.
Bee A Magician
She is the Peaceful Way winner, named after the Breeders Crown winner. None of the winners of the Peaceful Way has ever won a Breeders Crown. Trainer Nifty Norman won this division in 2009 with Poof She's Gone. With 11 starts this year Bee A Magician has the most starts in the field. Driver Rick Zeron is trying to become the oldest driver to win his first Breeders Crown since 57-year-old Jim Doherty did it in 1997 with No Nonsense Woman. No father and son have won Breeders Crowns the same year driving, but that did occur in back to back years when Carl Allen won with Carl Allen C R Commando in 1998 and Rod Allen won with CR Renegade in 1999.
Time To Kill
Trainer Tony O'Sullivan tied Jan Johnson's mark of having five Crown finalists in one race when he did so in the 2011 Mare Pace. Time To Kill’s sire Muscles Yankee has had three straight Hambletonian winners, from 2008-2010.
To Dream On
Driver Yannick Gingras is looking for his second Breeders Crown win this season. He’s had just one Crown victory in 34 tries. Jimmy Takter drove Armbro Prowess to victory in this division in 1996, three years after training/driving Gleam to his first in this division, before adding Passionate Glide in 2005. Takter is the all-time leading money-winning trainer in Breeders Crown history. To Dream On sold for $200,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg.
Cupcake is the daughter of harness rcing’s last Triple Crown winner Glidemaster (2006). Trainer Don Swick won his first Breeders Crown in 2000 with a horse who was winless throughout the season up to that point-Fast Photo. Driver Ron Pierce is going for his third straight win in this division.
Trainer Chris Oakes won his first Breeders Crown a year ago with Economy Terror. This filly is tied with Bee A Magician for the most in the field with 11 in 2012.
Sophomore Trotting Fillies
Check Me Out
It’s been 28 years since the winner of this race was Horse Of The Year--Fancy Crown in 1984. Check Me Out has 25 wins from 30 career starts, and a win in this Breeders Crown would put her career slate at 26-31—exactly the same as Malabar Man, who was a two-time Breeders Crown winner and 1997 Horse Of The Year. Check Me Out would push her earnings to over $2 million with this Breeders Crown victory, making her the first trotting filly to ever do so. As well, finishing first or second would see her surpass Put On A Show’s record ($1,893,475) for a female at ages two & three.
A victory in here would also make her the 11th female to hit the $2 million mark, and would also put her in an elusive club of 11 Breeders Crown winners who have earned over $2 million. Those 11 $2-million+ winners currently have 13 Crown wins among them.
Win Missy B
Daughter of Triple-Crown winning sire Conway Hall (Windsongs Legacy), who won the Kentucky Filly Futurity with driver Ron Pierce, giving him his second straight win in that event, and his fourth in the past eight editions of the classic. Win Missy B has the same amount of starts as Check Me Out (30), but with 15 wins.
Miss Paris was a $210,000 yearling at the 2010 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale-the sixth highest priced yearling that year. Her dam, Pizza Dolce 3, 1:52.4M ($668,824) was the 2002 Freshman Filly of the Year. Miss Paris has been the odds-on favorite in her last three starts, and has finished on the board 22 times in 28 career outings. Driver Rick Zeron looking for his first Crown victory.
Daughter of 2005 Breeders Crown winner Blur. Bluff captured the $51,000 Buckette in a career best 1:54 over Delaware’s half-mile oval on Sept. 19, Trainer Ron Burke heading to his third straight $18-million earning season.
She is the Hambletonian Oaks upsetter, racing for same connections as Poof She's Gone, and is one of finalists for trainer Nifty Norman. Yankee Glide the sire of the sports last Triple-Crown winner, Glidemaster (2006), and he was one-two in Horse Of The Year Balloting with Passionate Glide. Broadway Schooner (2009) and Syrinx Hanover (2001) are the last two to win both the Hambletonian Oaks and the Breeders Crown in the same year.
She’s had four straight seconds, and has 13 wins in 24 career starts. She’s been timed faster than 1:52 in two of her last five starts.
Dream On Hanover
Was a $260,000 yearling at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg—the highest priced filly sold that year at auction. She’s a full sister to Donato Hanover (by Andover Hall) and a half-sister to Here Comes Herbie (by Credit Winner). Driver Randy Waples is looking for his third straight Breeders Crown win.
Her dam Syrinx Hanover 3, 1:53.2M ($1,699,426) is a two-time Breeders Crown winner and harness racing’s first-ever single season (2001), undefeated millionaire. Bred by Jeff Gural, she’s the only filly in the field who was unraced as a 2-year-old.
In her last two starts in the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile, she left the gate at odds of over 100-1, but finished a respectable fifth in her elim and third in the final to Win Missy B, timed in 1:52.2 for driver Corey Callahan.
Daughter of half-mile track world record holder Cash Hall (1:51.1). She’s won 11 of 24 starts lifetime and has finished on the board 13 of 15 starts this year, race timed in 1:51.4, and was a standout on the New York Sire Stakes.
This daughter of Muscles Yankee is a half-sister to Likeabatoutahell (by SJ’s Caviar) 7,1:51.3 ($812,468). Chilitodayhotomale has earned a respectable $233,804 despite only winning five times in 23 trips postward. She has however, picked up 20 checks in those 23 starts.
Note: Brian Sears is a four-time winner of this event, but is not listed to drive. In 2001 Bunny Lake and Cathedra Dot Com had posts one and two, and finished that way.