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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, September 10, 2012 10:24 PM

2012 Road to the Breeders Crown   

   

For the second straight year, all 12 Breeders Crowns will be staged on a one night extravaganza at Woodbine, Saturday, October 27 [eliminations on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20].  Here’s a glance at some of the major players and highlights in the two-year-old divisions.     

   

2YO Filly Trot  

To Dream On went into the Peaceful Way final at Mohawk a perfect five-for-five.  The $200,000 Harrisburg yearling by Credit Winner equaled her lifetime mark of 1:54 beating Shared Past and Antsy Dancy in her elimination with Dave Miller, who noted he didn’t need to pop her ear plugs.  The Jimmy Takter trainee won the Merrie Annabelle in a 1:54 Big M track record.  Bee A Magician is a Kadabra filly who has starred in OSS for trainer Nifty Norman, while winning six of eight starts.  She won a Gold Final, was second by a nose in another, took a Champlain Stakes division and cruised in her Peaceful Way elimination in 1:54.3 with Rick Zeron in the bike.  Frau Blucher is a Broadway Hall filly trained by Chris Oakes, sporting six wins in nine starts and leads the division in earnings with $330,078.  She romped in the PASS Final at The Meadows in a track record of 1:54.4.  True Day Dream reeled off six in a row before finishing third to Andie Sophia and Simone Hall in the KYSS Final at the Red Mile where she took a mark of 1:56.2 for Dan O’Mara.  Southwind Cocoa won the NJSS Final with a 10-1 upset equaling the stakes record of 1:55.3 held by Act Of Grace.  This Chocolatier filly hails from the Linda Toscano stable, and followed up with an easy win in the Marion Dancer at Freehold.  Shared Past, a Jonas Czernyson trainee, finished a close third in the NJSS Final and was second to To Dream On in her Peaceful Way elimination.  Royal Assets was second in the Merrie Annabelle Final.  This Donato Hanover filly is trained for Ray Schnittker.  

  

2YO Colt Trot  

Wheeling N Dealin remained undefeated in six starts by winning the fastest William Wellwood Memorial elimination in 1:56.4 for Sylvain Filion and Dustin Jones.  My Man Can made it a sweep of the eliminations for Cantab Hall, pulling a 10-1 upset in 1:57.1 for Andy and Julie Miller.  Aperfectyankee got parked in his Wellwood elimination and finished sixth as the heavy favorite.  The Yankee Glide colt was a 4-1 upsetter in the Peter Haughton Memorial for Swedish trainer Jim Oscarsson in 1:54.1.  Corky was second by a neck in the Haughton and made it a three-ply sweep of the NJSS Series with a 1:57.3 final for Jimmy Takter.  The Muscles Yankee colt was scratched from his Wellwood elimination.  Takter also has Dontyouforgetit, a Cantab Hall colt who won the PASS Final at The Meadows in 1:55.2 and dominated that series.  Major Athens was a Haughton elimination winner in 1:56.2 and finished second in the PASS Final.  Mario and Benoit Baillergeon have an OSS Gold Final winner by Majestic Son, Murmur Hanover, who finished second to Wheeling N Dealin in his Wellwood elimination.  Mystical Dew went four-for-four by winning the KYSS Final.  Jeff Smith trains this colt by Deweycheatumnhowe.      

  

2YO Filly Pace  

This division has become a fierce late-season duel between L Dees Lioness and I Luv The Nitelife.  L Dees Lioness fought off I Luv The Nitelife to win the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk in 1:51.4, after I Luv The Nitelife beat her in the She’s A Great Lady in 1:51.  Both fillies won their divisions of the Eternal Camnation.  Casie Coleman trains L Dees Lioness, from the great first crop of Somebeachsomewhere.  I Luv The Nitelife is a Rocknroll Hanover filly trained by Chris Ryder.  I Luv The Nitelife set a world record of 1:50.1 in her She’s A Great Lady elimination.  The Brittany Farms homebred Authorize faded to seventh in her elimination for the She’s a Great Lady on August 25.  The Western Ideal filly had won four in a row with one of her sterling rallies in the NJSS Final in 1:52.3.  Her trainer Tony Alagna also has Sweetheart runner-up Nikki Beach, who was third in the Champlain.  Jerseylicious upset Nikki Beach in the Sweetheart in 1:52.1 and finished second in the NJSS Final.  Handsoffmycupcake rallied to win the PASS Final at The Meadows in 1:52.1.  Champagne Tonight was dominant in PASS before finishing seventh in the final as the beaten favorite.  

  

2YO Colt Pace  

Captaintreacherous is the star of this division, winning five of six, three in sub 1:50 fashion, including a 1:49.2 stakes recording equaling score in the Metro Final after taking his elimination in 1:49.3.  Tim Tetrick drives this outstanding Somebeachsomewhere colt for trainer Tony Alagna.  He also captured the Woodrow Wilson in stakes record of 1:49.3, and beat Vegas Vacation in 1:51.3 in the Nassagawaya.  Vegas Vacation is an improving son of Bettor’s Delight for Casie Coleman.  He was second for the fourth straight time in his Metro elimination before getting used hard from post 10 in that final.  Johny Rock dominated the NJSS Final in 1:51.1, finished second to Captaintreacherous in his Metro elimination, then got parked through a torrid pace in the final.  Odds On Equuleus carried a four-race winning streak into the Metro Final and rallied to be second by a neck.  Apprentice Hanover won his Metro elimination in 1:49.4 off a nine-length romp in the Nassagaweya, yet fell two lengths short in third in the Metro Final.  Tarpon Hanover took an OSS Gold Final in 1:51.4 and the Battle of Waterloo.  Doctor Butch won five NYSS events in a row for Linda Toscano, then finished a close second to the improving Ron Burke trainee Bet The MoonGood Day Mate upset John’s Polyview in the PASS Final at The Meadows in 1:53.    

   



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