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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:50 PM

2012 Breeders Crown Preview     

  

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 each division.       

  

2YO Filly Trot  

Bee A Magician handed To Dream On her first career loss with a relentless rally in the Peaceful Way.  Rick Zeron gave the Kadabra filly a great drive to gun down the heavy favorite in 1:53.4.  Mel Hartman, also co-owner of Hambletonian Oaks upsetter Personal Style, called her “scary good”.  The $90,000 Harrisburg yearling has starred in OSS for trainer Nifty Norman, while winning seven of nine 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.  To Dream On saw her five-race undefeated string snapped with a game second by a neck.  The $200,000 Harrisburg yearling by Credit Winner had equaled her lifetime mark of 1:54 beating Shared Past and Antsy Dancy in her elimination with Dave Miller.  Miller has had share of success with great trotting fillies like Pizza Dolce, Forever Starlet and Poof She’s Gone.  The Jimmy Takter trainee won the Merrie Annabelle in a 1:54 Big M track record.  Handover Belle closed from far back to finish third in the Peaceful Way.  Frau Blucher is a Broadway Hall filly trained by Chris Oakes, sporting six wins in nine starts and $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, then broke in the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile.  Shared Past, a Jonas Czernyson trainee, finished a close third in the NJSS Final and was a well beaten fifth in the Peaceful Way.  Royal Assets was second in the Merrie Annabelle Final and continues to be consistent in PASS for trainer Ray Schnittker.  

  

2YO Colt Trot  

Wheeling N Dealin extended his undefeated streak to seven by dominating the William Wellwood Memorial in 1:55.3 for Sylvain Filion and Dustin Jones.  Fillion called him “an amazing animal with all the qualities and he’s getting better and better”.  Murmur Hanover finished second to Wheeling N Dealin for the second straight time.  The Majestic Son colt won an OSS Gold Final in 1:55.2 for Mario and Benoit Baillargeon.  My Man Can was third after a 10-1 elimination upset in 1:57.1 for Andy and Julie Miller.  This $32,000 son of Cantab Hall is a big colt who had some earl-season foot issues.  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 romped to a world record of 1:55.3 in the Standardbred at Delaware with Yannick Gingras.  The diminuitive colt is now five for six, won the PASS Final at The Meadows in 1:55.2.  Major Athens was a Haughton elimination winner in 1:56.2 and finished second to Dontyouforgetit in the PASS Final.  Mystical Dew went four-for-four by winning the KYSS Final.  Jeff Smith trains this colt by Deweycheatumnhowe.  

  

2YO Filly Pace  

This division has shaped up as a late-season duel between L Dees Lioness and I Luv The Nitelife, which will hopefully continue in Lexington.  L Dees Lioness fought off I Luv The Nitelife to win the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk in 1:51.4 on September 8, 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 set the pace and finished a close third as the heavy favorite in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management at Indiana Downs.  The Western Ideal filly faded to seventh in her elimination for the She’s a Great Lady.  She capped four-race winning streak with one of her sterling rallies [:25.4] in the NJSS Final in 1:52.3.  Her trainer Tony Alagna also has Sweetheart runner-up Nikki Beach, who went wire-to-wire in her division of the Kentuckiana at Indiana Downs after a third in the Champlain.  Jerseylicious upset Nikki Beach in the Sweetheart in 1:52.1 and finished second in the NJSS Final, but faded to seventh in her She’s A Great Lady elimination.  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 has maintained star status in this division, winning five of six, three in sub 1:50 fashion, including a 1:49.2 stakes record equaling score in the Metro Final after taking his elimination in 1:49.3.  Tim Tetrick drives this outstanding colt from the tremendous first crop of Somebeachsomewhere for trainer Tony Alagna.  The Captain 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 comes off a disappointing sixth in the Champlain Stakes.  The Bettor’s Delight colt 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.  Apprentice Hanover won his Metro elimination in 1:49.4 off a nine-length romp in the Nassagaweya, yet fell two lengths shy in third in the Metro Final.  The Somebeachsomewhere colt was scratched from Champlain.  Doctor Butch reeled off a wire-to-wire lifetime best of 1:52 in NYSS at Vernon Downs.  The son of Art Major won five NYSS events in a row for Linda Toscano before finishing a close second to the improving Ron Burke trainee Bet The MoonDoctor Butch and Bet The Moon square off in the NYSS Final at Yonkers on September 22.  Captive Audience bounced back from a ninth in the Metro with a 44-1 shocker in the Champlain in 1:50.2 over Rockin AmadeusTarpon Hanover took an OSS Gold Final in 1:51.4 and the Battle of Waterloo.  Good Day Mate upset John’s Polyview in the PASS Final at The Meadows in 1:53.    

  

3YO Filly Trot  

Check Me Out leads the polls for Horse of the Year fresh from a track record at Tioga Downs of 1:54 with Tim Tetrick, while beating older foes.  The outstanding Donato Hanover filly was coming off after another world record of 1:51.3 in the PASS Final at Pocono Downs with trainer Ray Schnittker in the bike.  The win made her the richest trotting filly in history at ages two and three combined, vaulting her past Passionate Glide with $1,744,452.  She’s now won 10 of 11 this season and 24 for 28 lifetime.  She took a rare bad step in the Hambletonian Oaks, then bounced right back in PASS at The Meadows, and equaled her own world record of 1:51.3 in the Zweig at Vernon Downs.  Maven and Yannick Gingras rallied to finish second at 1-5 in a Buckette division at Delaware when Bluff set a world record of 1:54 for Tim Tetrick and Ron Burke.  The Glidemaster filly had won four of five before finishing second in the PASS Final.  She took a mark of 1:52.3 in the Moni Maker at the Meadowlands.  Personal Style pulled a huge upset in the Oaks nailing Win Missy B in 1:53.1, then finished sixth in the Moni Maker and seventh in the Zweig.  Win Missy B made a miscue in the Moni Maker, rebounded to finish second to Check Me Out in the Zweig, then won two straight NYSS events.  The millionaire filly by Conway Hall headlines the NYSS Final at Yonkers on September 22.  Jimmy Takter has a couple of solid fillies in Valdonna and Superstar HanoverValdonna won a division of the Duenna in 1:52.2, finished second to Maven in the Moni Maker, and romped the Simcoe in 1:52.4.  Superstar Hanover won four PASS events this season and was third in the final.  Miss Paris, a stablemate of Personal Style for trainer Nifty Norman, has developed into an OSS star, and finished second to Valdonna in the Simcoe.  Rick Zeron noted, “Miss Paris was back to herself after throwing in a bit of a clunker”.  The Kadabra filly rallied impressively to her third Gold Final at Mohawk on September 20.   

  

3YO Colt Trot  

Market Share kicked home in :27.3 to equal the stakes record of 1:52.2 in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk.  Tim Tetrick joined John Campbell and Bill O’Donnell as the only drivers to win three million-dollar races in a single season.  The son of Revenue S was the sixth Hambetonian winner in 12 years to also win the CTC.  The Linda Toscano trainee was a game second to Little Brown Fox in his elimination after setting a Vernon Downs track record of 1:52.1 in the Zweig.  Little Brown Fox, a 1:53 elimination winner fell just a neck shy in the rematch.  The speedy son of Muscles Yankee with $716,743 on his card this year set a Canadian record of 1:51.4 in the Simcoe Stakes for Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter.  He was also third in the Colonial after winning the Townsend Ackerman in 1:52 and a Hambletonian elimination in sizzling 1:51.2.  Archangel, world record setter in the Yonkers Trot [1:54], followed up a fourth in the Hambletonian by winning three NYSS events, his latest a 1:54.3 track record at Batavia Downs.  The Credit Winner colt has won ten of 14 and banked $714,236 this season and drew post eight in the NYSS Final at Yonkers on September 22.  Knows Nothing is nine for 14 in 2012, with $477,855.  The Hambletonian elimination winner captured his CTC elimination in career best of 1:52.4 over Gym Tan Laundry and Guccio before finishing fourth in the final.  Hambletonian runner-up, Guccio showed speed in the CTC final and was third beaten only half a length.  My MVP, runner-up to Magic Tonight in the PASS Final, and a close third in the Hambletonian, was sixth in CTC final.  World champion GooGoo GaaGaa is not on the list of eligibles, yet may be supplemented for $62,500.  The son of pacing stallion Cam’s Rocket suffered a splint injury and broke in the Stanley Dancer Memorial.  He rebounded to win the Colonial in a track record of 1:52.1 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, beating Hambletonian winner Market Share by a neck.  2011 Breeders Crown champion Uncle Peter, a 1:53.3 Hambletonian elimination winner, faltered in that final as the favorite, then finished sixth in the Colonial and seventh in the Zweig.  

  

3YO Filly Pace  

The sport’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, finished one-two in the Jugette when Darena Hanover and Yannick Gingras defeated stablemate Bettor B Lucky and Jim Morrill, Jr. in 1:51.  American Jewel got parked from post seven in the first elimination and held on for third as Bettor B Lucky went all the way in 1:51.4.  Darena Hanover, a daughter of Yankee Cruiser, finished second to longshot Shelliscape in her elimination [1:50.3].  The favorite Economy Terror set fast fractions, faded to third and she was scratched from the final.  Shelliscape was third in the final.  American Jewel was coming off a stakes record of 1:49.4 in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk for Tim Tetrick and Jimmy Takter.  The Brittany Farms owned and bred filly won the Fan Hanover in a world record of 1:48.2 and the James Lynch Memorial in 1:49.2.  She was also a close second to Major Look in the Mistletoe Shalee, then her stablemate Romantic Moment upset her in the Valley Forge at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:50.1.  Romantic Moment won her last two NYSS events in 1:52.3 at Monticello and 1:52.1 at Saratoga.  Sarandon Blue Chip captured the NJSS Final and Miss New Jersey at the Meadowlands, but faded to fifth in the Simcoe.  Bettor B Lucky nosed out Romantic Moment in 1:50 in the Empire Breeders Classic, then finished second in four straight stakes in New York going into the Jugette.  Big McDeal, a three-time PASS winner this season with a mark of 1:49.1 taken at The Meadows, finished second to Economy Terror in the PASS Final at Pocono.  Economy Terror, last year’s two-year-old Breeders Crown winner, defended her PASS championship with a world record of 1:49.  Handsoffmycookie has been a dominant filly in NYSS, and takes on Romantic Moment and Major Look in the division final at Yonkers on September 22. 

  

3YO Colt Pace  

Michael’s Power surged to the top of the glamour boy division with his second two-heat win of the season in the Little Brown Jug.  23YO Scott Zeron deftly guided the Camluck gelding through miles of 1:52.3 and went wire-to-wire in a world record 1:50 final, defeating first elimination winner, Sweet Lou [1:51] and Bettor’s Edge.  The Casie Coleman trainee was already past $1 million this season and is now 13 for 16 in 2012.  It was the third Jug for owner/breeder Jeff Snyder.  Michael’s Power also won an OSS Gold Final at Rideau Carlton in 1:50.2 and the Confederation Cup over Dynamic Youth and Pet RockPanther Hanover has also surged to the forefront of this division.  The late-blooming son of Rocknroll Hanover pounced on the favorites A Rocknroll Dance and Michael’s Power to win the Simcoe Stakes in 1:49.1 at Mohawk.  He came to prominence beating Hurrikane Kingcole in the New Jersey Classic in 1:47.2 for Sylvain Filion and trainer James Dean of Big Jim fame.  A Rocknroll Dance was a roughed-up third his Jug elimination and sixth in the final.  The Meadowlands Pace winner was a game runner-up in the Simcoe after a tough trip from post 12.  Since his 1:48.3 win in the Hempt at Pocono, that son of Rocknroll Hanover emerged as one of the top sophomore pacers for Yannick Gingras and trainer Jim Mullinix.  He wired them in the Pace, finished second in the Adios, and also won the Battle of Brandywine in a Harrah's Philadelphia track record of 1:48.1.  A Rocknroll Dance set a wicked pace and was gunned down in both the Adios and Cane Pace.  Pet Rock, ineligible for the Jug, cruised in a 3YO Open on Jug Day in 1:50.3 for Dave Palone and Virgil Morgan, Jr.  The Pace runner-up followed up a close third in the two-heat Confederation Cup with a second in the Battle of Brandywine just a week later.  Pet Rock supplemented to the Cane Pace and finished second by a nose to Dynamic Youth.  Bolt The Duer set a rated pace and just missed to Michael’s Power in his Jug elimination.  The son of Ponder tripped out to win the Adios in a world record of 1:47.4.  He also won two straight KYSS divisions before romping in the final in 1:48.2 at The Red Mile, beating North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud, another colt by Ponder colt who was fourth in both Jug heats.  Hurrikane Kingcole, Pace Consolation winner in 1:47.3 was nailed by Panther Hanover in the 1:47.2 New Jersey Classic after blazing through a 1:18.2 three quarters.  The son of Cam’s Card Shark set torrid fractions of :25.3, :52.3 and 1:20.1 before fading to sixth in the Battle of Brandywine.  Sweet Lou took them all the way to win his Jug elimination in 1:51 and finished second in the final.  Last year’s two-year-old Breeders Crown winner in a world record of 1:49 at Woodbine, finished second to Dapper Dude in the PASS Final at Pocono.  NYSS star Heston Blue Chip won the Empire Breeders Classic in a Tioga Downs track record of 1:48.4.  He was fifth in the Cane Final after winning his elimination in 1:49.2, and has drawn post six in the NYSS Final at Yonkers on September 22.   

    

Older Trotting Mares  

Last year’s Breeders Crown winner in this division, Frenchfrysnvinegar and Jody Jamieson, went all the way from post seven in the $153,000 Miss Versatility Final at Delaware in 1:54, just three fifths off the world record.  The 7YO Angus Hall mare also won the Ontario Masters and was coming off an easy wire-to-wire win at Mohawk in 1:53.2.  Cedar Dove was looking to regroup, but failed to capitalize on a two-hole trip and finished third.  Last year’s 3YO Breeders Crown champion and Dan Patch Award winner, had faded to sixth behind Beatgoeson Hanover as the beaten favorite in her last two.  The four-year-old daughter of Andover Hall romped in the Ima Lula Final at the Big M and swept three legs of the Miss Versatility.   Beatgoeson Hanover finished fourth at Delaware after she rallied to repeat with a 1:54 upset in the Muscle Hill.  Action-Broadway was a dull sixth.  Last year’s Crown runner-up, was a game second to Cedar Dove from post eight in a Miss Versatility leg at the Meadowlands, finished second to upset winner Beatgoeson Hanover at Tioga, then got roughed up in the Muscle Hill at Vernon.  Armbro Flight winner and leading money winner in her division, Pembroke Heat Wave broke and finished eighth in Delaware.  She was third in the Miss Versatility leg at the Big M, third at Tioga and third, placed fourth in the Muscle Hill.  European champion Tamla Celeber S shipped to the Red Mile and worked out in 1:55.1 on September 15.  The millionaire 5YO by Cantab Hall is trained by Roger Walmann, who set a world record of 1:50.1 in Lexington with Giant Diablo in 2007.  Firstclassprincess was a solid second in the Ima Lula.   

  

Older Pacing Mares  

Rebeka Bayama landed post 10 for the $384,000 Milton Stakes Final on September 22 after losing a fierce battle with Anndrovette in her elimination.  The five-year-old Quebec bred by Leader Bayama just missed to Put On A Show in the 1:47.3 world record Lady Liberty, then powered past Drop The Ball in the Golden Girls in 1:49.  Put On A Show drew the rail in the Milton after being outsprinted by Drop The Ball in her elimination.  The five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare had scored two straight wins at Mohawk in 1:50.1 and 1:48.3 in the Spring of Hope Invitational.  The 2010 Breeders Crown champion became the fastest female of all-time with a 1:47.3 upset in the Lady Liberty.  Anndrovette outmuscled Rebeka Bayama in :26.4 to win the fastest Milton elimination in 1:50.2 and took post four in the final.  She won last year’s Crown in a Woodbine track record of 1:48.4, and set a world record of 1:48.1 in the Roses Are Red at Mohawk on July 21.  Drop The Ball, second to Monkey On My Wheel in last year’s 3YO Crown, followed up her world record of 1:48.4 at Harrah’s Philadephia with a vicious rally to win her Milton elimination in 1:51.4 and picked post two.  The four-year-old by Western Terror won the Green With Envy Final, and finished second in the Golden Girls at the Big M.  Swinging Beauty caught fire in the Mares Open at Mohawk this Summer, finished a nonthreatening fifth to Drop The Ball in her Milton elimination and landed post six in the final.  The consistent Rocklamation was third to Anndrovette and drew post five in the Milton Final.  Her Ron Burke stablemate Ginger And Fred has post seven after a fifth to Anndrovette.   

  

Older Trotting Horses  

Horse of the Year contender Chapter Seven lost by a head to Hot Shot Blue Chip in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs.  The son of Windsong’s Legacy, trained by Linda Toscano, reeled off back-to-back world records of 1:50.4 in his first two starts as a 4yo, winning the Titan Cup, lowered his mark to 1:50.1 in the Nat Ray, and also won the Maxie Lee in a stakes record of 1:52.1.  He was also close to second to Mister Herbie in the Maple Leaf Trot.  Chapter Seven driver Tim Tetrick handles five of the top seven in the sport’s weekly poll.   Mister Herbie upset San Pail in the Glory’s Comet, won the Cutler in 1:51.3 and was rebuffed by Chapter Seven in the Titan Cup.  The Ontario-bred son of Here Comes Herbie won the Frank Ryan Memorial in 1:54 and finished fourth in the Credit Winner.  Daylon Magician was third in the Nat Ray, took a mark of 1:51.1 in a Mohawk Open, made a break and finished fourth in the Frank Ryan Memorial.  Anders Bluestone was a parked-out second, beaten six lengths by Market Share in the Maxie Lee.  Triple millionaire Arch Madness finished eighth in the Maple Leaf Trot, yet resurfaced with a strong third in the Credit Winner.  Hot Shot Blue Chip repeated in style by holding off Chapter Seven in the Credit Winner in a lifetime best of 1:51.2.  Windsong Geant was second in the Frank Ryan and has dominated the Preferred level at Mohawk.  Andover America was a Mohawk Open winner in 1:51.4 on August 20.  Coco Lindy won the Vincennes Trot at the Big M in 1:52.4.  Defending champion and Horse of the Year, San Pail has been shut down for the season after a recent comeback from injury.   

  

Older Pacing Horses  

Ben Franklin and Des Smith Classic winner Betterthancheddar equaled a world record and broke the all-age track record at Harrington with a 1:49.2 triumph in the Bobby Quillen Memorial.  George Brennan drove the 4YO son of Bettor’s Delight for trainer Casie Coleman.  Foiled Again was denied his third straight Quillen as the game runner-up, and went past the $1 million mark for the second straight season.  The 8YO son of Dragon Again, and the richest pacer in history at $4.4 million, ended a long drought with a 1:48.3 upset over Betterthancheddar and Bettor Sweet in the Canadian Pacing Derby.  Foiled Again followed up with his 64th career win [1:49.1] in a Pocono Downs Open.  Last year’s Crown upsetter Bettor Sweet is 0 for 13 in 2012, and drew post seven in a Pocono Downs Open on September 22.  Golden Receiver looks to rebound from a roughed-up ninth in the Canadian Pacing Derby with post eight at Pocono.  The son of Village Jolt has fashioned an impressive 7YO season, winning the Presidential, Spring Championship, Graduate, US Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial.  We Will See has post seven at Pocono.  He was third in last year’s Crown, beat Betterthancheddar in the Mohawk Gold Cup, and finished second in the Ben Franklin and the Haughton.  Aracache Hanover was very consistent this season until his eighth in the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination.  He bounced back with a 1:49.3 win in a Preferred at Mohawk. 

  



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