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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, October 09, 2012 12:25 PM

Breeders Crown Night is the counterpart to throroughbred racing’s Breeders Cup, billed as harness racing’s Super Bowl with definitive year-end championships for the sport’s top stars in all 12 divisions on one blockbuster program at Woodbine on Saturday, October 27. 

 

The competition is fierce with big money on the line, the prestige of winning a Breeders Crown event, and the major impact on voting for year-end honors and Horse of the Year. 

 

That’s why it all comes down to the Breeders Crown! 

 

This year, we are typically looking forward to several marquee match-ups and lucrative showdowns between top division rivals. 

 

Division leaders have a chance to lock down division honors, and Horse of the Year favorites can solidify their candidacy. 

 

In its 28-year history, more than a third of all Breeders Crown events [119 of 322] have been held in Canada. 

 

The Kings of the Crown will all be at Woodbine for the second straight year:  John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, Brittany Farms and Hanover Shoe Farms. 

 

As always, we will see strength in numbers from trainers Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Linda Toscano, Chris Ryder, Casie Coleman and Tony Alagna. 

 

Can Linda Toscano seal the deal for Trainer of the Year? 

 

Toscano has two of the trotting triple threat for Horse of the Year, Market Share and Chapter Seven, yet Check Me Out leads the polls and that filly is among several going for a Breeders Crown repeat. 

   

Driver of the Year favorite Tim Tetrick could be sitting on the biggest night in Crown history with several favorites, and The Bionic Man is looking to pass the $15 million mark for the sixth straight season. 

 

Tetrick could join Dave Miller, Ron Pierce and Brian Sears as the only drivers to be the season’s leading money winner and also drive the Horse of the Year to a Breeders Crown victory. 

 

Since 2003, 51 of 107 Breeders Crowns have gone to Brian Sears [22], Ron Pierce [22] and Dave Miller [9]. 

 

Among the two year olds, will Captaintreacherous continue his quest to be the sport’s next super pacer? 

 

How about a rematch between division standout To Dream On and Ontario star Bee A Magician in the 2YO Filly Trot? 

 

Will the I Luv The Nitelife and L Dees Lioness renew their rivalry in the 2YO Filly Pace? 

 

Wheeling N Dealin could have an undefeated string on the line in the 2YO Colt Trot and stamp himself as the Winterbook Hambletonian favorite. 

 

Market Share, the winner of the two $1 million races this season, the Hambletonian & Canadian Trotting Classic, can cap an epic season. 

 

Multiple world champion, Check Me Out has her date with destiny as a leading contender for Horse of the Year. 

  

Can Sweet Lou score a Breeders Crown repeat in the 3YO Colt Pace, which may finally sort out one of the most competitive divisions in years. 

 

Can American Jewel continue her lucrative run in Ontario and lock down her division? 

 

Put On A Show, the fastest female of all-time, headlines a fiercely competitive Older Pacing Mares division that includes last year’s winner, Anndrovette, Rebeka Bayama and Drop The Ball. 

 

Chapter Seven, one of the fastest trotters in history, looks to turn the tables on Maple Leaf Trot winner, Mister Herbie. 

 

Foiled Again, the richest pacer in history, tries to become the oldest pacer to win a Breeders Crown at age eight. 

 

The Canadian equine home team contenders include:  Wheeling N Dealin, L Dees Lioness, Apprentice Hanover, Knows Nothing, Michael’s Power, Panther Hanover, Rebeka Bayama, Frenchfrysnvinegar, Mister Herbie and Betterthancheddar. 

 

Canadian-based horsemen with a homefield advantage include:  Sylvain Filion, Casie Coleman, Scott Zeron, Jody Jamieson and Jeff Gillis. 

 

Breeders Crown Night, Saturday, October 27 at Woodbine will surely provide most of the answers, as well as lasting moments and memories. 

 

 



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Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at Meadowlands Racetrack as the Track Announcer and television commentator for 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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