2013 Breeders Crown Recap
Despite rain and cooler
temperatures, the 2013 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs more than lived up to the
hype as the stars of the sport in all 12 divisions put on a spectacular show. The track was downgraded to sloppy midway
through the card, yet held up quite well.
There was plenty of speed, several stakes record fell, and great
performances by Captaintreacherous and Bee A Magician fueled the Horse of the
Cantab Hall sired the winner
of the Two Year Old Colt Trot for the third straight year when division
standout Father Patrick controlled the front end in an easy 1:54, his ninth win
in a row. It kicked off back-to-back
Breeders Crown hattricks for Yannick Gingras and Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter,
who became the winningest trainer in series history (breaking a tie with Bob
McIntosh at 15 wins). With just one loss
in 11 starts, Father Patrick has pretty much done everything to make him a Dan
Patch Award winner and early favorite for the 2014 Hambletonian.
Hall of Fame nominee Dave
Miller came through with a pair of 4-1 upsets on the card, and his first came
when he gave Uffizi Hanover a perfect second over trip in the Two Year Old
Filly Pace. The time of 1:52.1 equaled
the Breeders Crown five eighths mile stakes record. It was Jimmy Takter again and the first crop
of Well Said finished one-two-three from three Crown finalists on the night. The favorite Precocious Beauty faded to
eighth from post eight, yet will likely hold onto the division title.
Jimmy Takter and
Pennsylvania sires made it three in a row, and Ron Pierce kicked off a triple
with a controlling score behind Shake It Cerry in the Two Year Old Filly
Trot. The Donato Hanover filly sealed
her division title with a 1:53.4 five eighths mile stakes record by firing out,
backing it down to a pedestrian :58 half, then drawing away with a :55.4 back half. Co-favorite Cooler Schooner broke and
finished eighth. It was Takter’s 18th
Breeders Crown trophy.
Market Share surged back to
forefront of the wide-open Open Trot division with an overdue, heart-stopping
nose victory in a five eighths mile stakes record of 1:51. The double millionaire by Revenue S nailed
Mister Herbie with a slick drive by Tim Tetrick. $4 million trotter Arch Madness finished
third in his record-tying sixth Crown appearance. Linda Toscano won the same division last year
with Horse of the Year Chapter Seven.
Market Share was the first Hambletonian champion to win the Breeders
Crown at age four since Mack Lobell in 1988.
The Dan Patch Award may come down to the $500,000 TVG Free For All at
The Meadowlands on November 30.
In the Three Year Filly
Pace, division standout I Luv The Nitelife exploded home from a two-hole trip
off a hotly-contested pace to a 1:50 five eighths mile stakes record. It was her 12th straight win and
13th win in 14 starts in 2013.
She became the richest single-season filly pacer of all-time, passing
Put On A Show, who had the same connections, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, Richard
and Joanne Young and winning sire Rocknroll Hanover. Surprisingly,
I Luv The Nitelife was the 4-5 second choice behind world champion
Shebestingin, who was used hard and faded to fourth.
Perfect Pierce piloting paid
off in the Two Year Colt Pace when elimination winner Luck Be Withyou held off
34-1 longshot Sometimes Said in 1:52.
With local trainer Chris Oakes babysitting the son of Western Ideal, his
Ontario connections of Bill Cass and owner John Craig celebrated the biggest
win in their long partnership. It was the
second winner on the card bred by Brittany Farms. It was also part of a triple for Pierce, who
passed Mike Lachance into second in series wins 29-27. Luck Be Withyou threw his hat into the ring
for Dan Patch Award voters to consider along with division leaders Western
Vintage and Somestarsomewhere, who was third.
In the Mares Open Trot, heavily
favored Maven locked down her division with a methodic first over steamroll
effort in 1:52.3, gunning down a gallant Cedar Dove. Yannick Gingras drove the multiple world
champion to her tenth win in 13 starts this season. Trainer Jonas Czernyson
revealed the four-year-old daughter of Glidemaster may try the Elitlopp in
Two-time defending champion Anndrovette
failed to make it three in a row in the Mares Open Pace and had to settle for
third. However, her new stablemate Shelliscape,
a recent purchase for Bamond Racing and trainer PJ Fraley, overcame a tough
first over trip from post seven to nip Rocklamation in a five eighths mile
stakes record of 1:50. Dave Miller
credited the four-year-old by Artiscape with sheer guts. Anndrovette, Rocklamation and Drop The Ball will
continue to slug it out for divisional honors.
The Breeders Crown Three
Year Old Filly Trot showcased the ultra impressive Bee A Magician, who extended
her 2013 unbeaten string to 15 with an effortless 1:52.4 mile, a five eighths
mile stakes record. Brian Sears guided
the Kadabra filly past the $2 million career mark for trainer Nifty
Norman. Sears extended his streak of
winning a Breeders Crown to 11 straight years.
The richest trotting filly in history is often compared to the great
Moni Maker, and with divisional honors and Trotter of the Year tucked away, Bee
A Magician is firmly in the fiery debate for the Horse of the Year.
Speaking of Horse of the
Year, Captaintreacherous further solidified his case with another gutsy score
in the Three Year Old Pace. Somebeachsomewhere,
the most represented sire on the card with 11 entered, finished 1-2-4 in this marquee
event. As usual, The Captain made it
tense, while avenging his only loss this season to an extremely game Sunshine
Beach, who was parked every step from post eight in the 1:49.2 mile. Tim Tetrick capped a triple and trainer Tony
Alagna captured his first Breeders Crown trophy. With another division title and a Pacer of
the Year repeat likely, Captaintreacherous will look to slam the door on Horse
of the Year with more late-season heroics.
With division leader Royalty
For Life scratched from the Three Year Old Trot, Spider Blue Chip lived up to
the roll of favorite with a measured win in 1:53.3. Another masterful drive by Ron Pierce gave him
his third Crown on the card and helped the Andover Hall gelding vault past $1
million for trainer Chuck Sylvester.
Sylvester’s last Crown win came with Muscles Yankee in 1998. Creatine completed an Andover Hall
exacta. It was a dream night for owners
Mel Hartman and David McDuffee, who also won with Bee A Magician. Hartman is also co-owner of Struck By Lindy,
who finished second in the Two Year Old Filly Trot.
Great horses have a flare
for the dramatic and Foiled Again stamped himself as the ultimate warhorse in
the Open Pace finale. By holding off Pet
Rock by a nose in 1:49.2, the amazing son of Dragon Again became the richest
North American-based harness horse of all time with $5,650,093. French trotter Ready Cash has $5.71. Foiled Again is also the oldest to win a
Breeders Crown at age nine. Yannick
Gingras made it back-to-back Breeders Crown triples. Trainer Ron Burke vowed to continue Foiled
Again’s quest for $6 million and the all-time earnings mark. Burke set a record with 15 finalists. Career win number 74 pushed the great Foiled
Again past $1 million for third season in a row and could possibly mean his
third straight division title.
The night started and ended
with stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms, whose stallions sired six of the
12 winners and they also bred Uffizi Hanover.
Brittany Farms bred a pair of winners, Father Patrick and Luck Be
Withyou. New Jersey’s White Birch Farms
were also credited with two champions, Bee A Magician and
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