Race 1 – Mare Trot – Selections: 8 – 2
– 6 – 7
– The defending champion won it from post 10 as a supplement and has posted a
carbon copy season. Jeff Gillis has had
her on her toes winning three of four, including the Miss Versatility Final,
she cruised to a new mark in the Allerage Farm and the $1 million mark is well
within her sights.
Hanover – This four-year-old continued to blossom this Fall with a handy
elimination score with Sears. A
runner-up to Frenchfrysnvinegar draws inside that rival where she can work out
an ideal stalking trip, utilize her big finishing kick and vault past $1
Dove – 2011 Crown champion and Dan Patch Award winner on the verge of $1
million hasn’t been the same since she won a leg of the Miss Versatility back
on August 17. Freshened up, she had more
snap on the end of her qualifier than when she finished third in the Allerage
Escapade – Third from post nine in last year’s final, and finished an inspiring
second to Beatgoeson Hanover fresh off the bench. Has struggled this year and was a recent vet
scratch, but has the class and now the form to be a serious contender.
Race 2 – 2YO Filly
Pace – Selections: 1 – 5 – 2 – 7
Dees Lioness – One of four by Somebeachsomewhere in here, she slugged it out
with I Luv The Nightlife in early September.
She was used a bit too hard in a quickening pace last Friday. Casie Coleman has her primed to stalk n pop,
and WEG kingpin Scott Zeron has a big chance to push off from the pole and
score his first Crown trophy.
Luv The Nitelife – The stablemate to Put On A Show set a world record of 1:50.1
in her She’s A Great Lady elimination, and note her super effort from post 11
in the Champlain. She’s out of a half
sister to 2006 Crown champion Lis Mara, hasn’t raced in 22 days, but she’s
always ready to rock n roll.
– It doesn’t get any better than Horses of the Year on both sides of the
pedigree, and that was an eye-catching explosion once she angled out. Team Teague had her in peak form fresh off
the bench and she’s a logical threat after earning another inside draw. Andy Miller won this in 2004 with Restive
Hanover, the same night Rainbow Blue won the Three Year Old Filly Pace.
Canal – Lightly-raced filly closed from the clouds in her elimination, figures
to move forward after two months off and Jamieson looks for a fast pace
target. Badlands Hanover seeks his first
Crown siring credit. Her dam, A Votre
Pante won a 1999 Crown elimination.
Race 3 – Open Trot – Selections: 2 – 6 – 5 – 4
Herbie – The King of Ontario has carved out a career season, upsetting the
great San Pail in the Glorys Comet, and also winning the Arthur J. Cutler
Memorial in 1:51.3, the Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4 and the Frank Ryan Memorial
in 1:54. Well rested and training well,
he has the talent, courage and desire, plus an inside draw where he can leave,
settle and stalk.
Seven – This 2011 Three Year Old Trot champion and Horse of the Year favorite
kicked off his four-year-old with back-to-back world records, then lowered it
to 1:50.1 while rebuffing Mister Herbie in the Nat Ray. He continued on a roll at The Red Mile,
controlling the Allerage Farm in a nifty 1:50.2. Clearly the one to beat.
Madness – This warhorse is the richest son of the late, great Canadian sire
Balanced Image and makes his fifth Crown appearance. He upset Horse of the Year Donato Hanover in
2007 and has sharpened his sword on the comeback trail. He’s looking to join Fool’s Goal as the
oldest to win a Crown at age 8.
Crowe – The nine-year-old “Le Grand Blonde” finished with a perfect trip in
2011. Ships back in stellar form,
winning nine of 13, including the Elitlopp and $1.6 million. Took a mile mark of 1:50.4 on July 31 in
Sweden. His connections believe he’s 20
to 30 meters better than last year.
Race 4 – 3YO Filly
– Selections: 4 – 3 – 1 – 7
Jewel – Came right and turned the tables on Economy Terror with that nose
elimination score. Her two-year-old
campaign cut short by injury, she’s enjoyed steller sophomore season,
highlighted by a world record of 1:48.2 in the Fan Hanover. Heads the strong one-two punch for Jimmy
Takter and Brittany Farms
Moment – The other Brittany Farms American Ideal filly completed the Takter
elimination sweep, and has also passed $800,000 this year. She’s the New York Sires Stakes champion, was
a runner-up to her stablemate in the Fan Hanover and won her last two with
Terror – 2011 Two Year Old Filly Pace winner upset American Jewel at The Red
Mile with a perfect trip in 1:50 and almost stole her elimination. The Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion lands
the pole in peak form. She’s a full
sister to 2009 Crown champion and fellow millionaire Yellow Diamond.
Sue – A steady daughter of Rocknroll Hanover seems to have cranked up her game,
hitting the board in her last three. A
strong runner-up to Romantic Moment, trainer Tony Alagna has another live item
at a nice price.
Race 5 – 2YO Filly
Trot – Selections: 6 – 8 – 3 – 10
A Magician – You had to be impressed with the way she gunned down To Dream On with
a relentless rally in the Peaceful Way Final.
She kept it going in track record style at Georgian Downs, and she gives
Rick Zeron a big shot at his first Crown trophy. Nifty Norman has already done it in this
division with Poof She’s Gone in 2009.
Dream On – Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, the Crown money leader among trainers,
shoots for his fifth win in this division with a potential super filly. She equaled a Big M track record of 1:54 in
the Merrie Annabelle, and streaked to a season’s best of 1:53.2 at The Red
Mile. This special lass owns dangerous,
Woman – Dave Miller has his share of success with 2YO trotting fillies like
Pizza Dolce, Forever Starlet and 2009 Crown champ Poof She’s Gone. This Donato Hanover filly sold for $102,000
and has been a gem since Day One. She
dominated some strong fillies at the Red Mile in 1:53.3.
Blucher – Pennsylvania ace trainer Chris Oakes won his first Crown last year
with Economy Terror, and he’s set up for a solid shot with this filly. She romped in the PASS Final at The Meadows
in a track record of 1:54.4, enjoyed a strong run in Lexington, yet seems just
a tad behind the top guns and the draw wasn’t kind.
Race 6 – 3YO Filly
– Selections: 1 – 6 – 2 – 5
Me Out – The richest trotting filly in history with Horse of the Year
aspirations lowered her own world record to 1:51.2 in the Bluegrass. She set a Crown stakes record of 1:54.4 last
year at Woodbine, and has been almost flawless this season. If she stays on her game she’s simply the
best. Bionic Man time.
– This very consistent filly finished a close second to Check Me Out in the
world record Bluegrass division. I like
the way she bounced back off a break in the Hambletonian Oaks with an emphatic
score in the Moni Maker. She was also
just a nose back of Check Me Out in the Elegantimage at Mohawk. If the current queen falters, count on
Yannick Gingras to be looming large.
Missy B – The runner-up to Check Me Out in last year’s 2YO Crown held off that
rival when she was allowed to steal away in the first heat of the Kentucky
Filly Futurity, then came right back to win that final. She was also a game runner-up in the
Hambletonian Oaks. The millionaire
homebred is on her game for Bob Key, who had 2010 Crown champion Break The Bank
Style – The Hambletonian Oaks upsetter seems to have cycled out of her recent
slump. She was a strong runner-up in the
Kentucky Filly Futurity and has the late kick to take advantage of a fast
pace. Nifty Norman is polishing off his
first $3 million season.
Race 7 – 2YO Colt
Pace – Selections: 3 – 4 – 6 – 7
– This budding superstar won his elimination in a vicious, wrapped up 1:50
after fighting off some sickness in Lexington.
He held on by a nose to go two-for-two at The Red Mile and has posted
three sub 1:50 miles. He equaled the
stakes record of 1:49.2 in the Metro Final after winning his elimination in
1:49.3, and set a stakes record of 1:49.3 in the Woodrow Wilson.
Up Peter – In only his eighth lifetime start the son of Rocknroll Hanover
rallied stoutly to complete the Tony Alagna eliminations sweep. Alagna has been high on him all along and he
has alleviated a breathing problem. A $20,000
Lexington Selected Sale yearling bred in New Jersey by White Birch Farm, his
dam Lovely Lady is a half sister to Worldly Beauty ($1.9 million).
Vacation – This Bettor’s Delight gelding came first over into a torrid :54.2
back half chasing Captaintreacherous. He
finished second to Captive Audience with a :26.2 final quarter in an overnight
at Woodbine on Oct. 8, so now he figures to be ready for Scott Zeron and Casie
Hanover – Ben Wallace won this in 2002 with Totally Western and Jody Jamieson took
the 2007 edition with Santanna Blue Chip.
This colt rated well and was still nailed by Wake Up Peter in a 1:51.1
elimination. He rallied to pull a 12-1
upset in a division of the ISS in 1:50.3, was Metro elimination winner in
1:49.4 and finished third in the final.
Race 8 – 2YO Colt
– Selections: 2 – 8 – 1 – 4
N Dealin – Sylvain Filion called this undefeated colt an amazing animal with
all the right qualities, and the way he dominated the William Wellwood is ample
evidence. He beat Peter Haughton
Memorial winner Aperfectyankee in the Champlain and needed that hard-fought
elimination score after missing a month.
For Life – This NYSS standout served notice with a sharp 1:54.2 score with a :27.1
kicker at The Red Mile, beating world champion Dontyouforgetit. That was an impressive first over effort in
the elimination as he acclimated quickly with the Bionic Man, and now has to
overcome a slightly tougher post.
– Diminutive colt is the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion, and set a world
record in the Standardbred at Delaware.
A strong second to Royalty For Life in Lexington, freshened with a
Pocono qualifier and gets an inside draw for Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Yannick Gingras has a number of live drives
on the card.
4-Your So Vain – This lightly-raced son of Donato Hanover
chased Wheeling N Dealin quite willing while uncovered into a quickening
pace. $60,000 Harrisburg yearling out a half sister to Credit Winner
certainly proved he belonged with his big rally to score at The Red Mile on
Race 9 – 3YO Colt
- Selections: 5 – 1 – 7 – 2
Hanover – This late-blooming son of 2005 sophomore Crown champion Rocknroll
Hanover pulled a 9-1 upset in the Simcoe Stakes in 1:49.1
had not raced since Sept. 13 before getting some much needed speed
tightening. He set a NJ Classic stakes
record of 1:47.2. James Carr and trainer
James “Friday” Dean had 2010 freshman Crown champion Big Jim.
Power – $62,500 supplemental gamble has come up a bit short in his last two,
yet with the rail he has a chance to employ a stalking style. This $1.3 million winning gelding by Crown
champion Camluck owns a pair of two-heat wins in the Little Brown Jug and Confederation
Cup, plus the Upper Canada Final and three OSS Gold Finals.
Lou – The son of 2003 North American Cup winner Yankee Cruiser romped to a
world record of 1:49 in last year’s 2YO Crown Pace enroute to divisional honors. The Jug runner-up posted a gutsy first over
score over stablemate Hillbilly Hanover in the Tattersalls Pace and sports a
mark of 1:47.4 taken in a North America Cup elimination.
Edge – Kicked off the Linda Toscano eliminations sweep with a crushing first
over upset in 1:49.4. The third-place
finisher in the Jug Final remained in strong form at The Red Mile, and earned a
precious inside post here along with his stellar stablemate in one of the most
wide open events of the night.
Race 10 – Mare Pace – Selections: 9 – 11 – 2 – 4
Bayama – Pulled out all the stops in a blowout track record equaling 1:48.4, a
race she needed. She looked home free
before finishing second in the 1:47.3 world record Lady Liberty, then took a
mark of 1:48.3, won the Golden Girls in 1:49, and had road trouble from post 10
in the Milton.
The Ball – Shooting home in an explosive :25.3 to win the Allerage Farm is
enough to indicate readiness, and also won the Green With Envy Final at the Big
M with a :25.4 kicker. Second from post
11 in the Golden Girls, then she set a world record of 1:48.3 at Harrah’s
Philadelphia. A 2011 Crown runner-up.
– The daughter of Crown champion Rocknroll Hanover took full advantage of a
wicked pace to upset the Milton Final, and then was a solid runner-up to Drop
The Ball in Lexington. She’s part of a
strong three-ply contingent for Ron Burke.
– The defending champion set a world record of 1:48.1 in the Roses Are Red, and
was blocked too long behind a tiring Drop The Ball in the Milton Final. First over and rebuffed by a raging Rebeka
Bayama in the prep. Tetrick figures to
use her speed earlier to gain a stalking position, which could spell Crown
Race 11 – 3YO Colt
– Selections: 4 – 8 – 3 – 6
Brown Fox – Unleashed an emphatic wire-to-wire act in his elimination and could
give Jimmy Takter his fourth win in this division. He was second by a neck to Market Share in
the Canadian Trotting Classic after winning his elimination in 1:53,
a Canadian record of 1:51.4 in the Simcoe, romped in the Townsend Ackerman in
1:52, took a mark of 1:51.2 in the Stanley Dancer Memorial and won the NJSS
Final in 1:53.3.
Share – A major contender for Horse of the Year was nailed by the surprisingly
good Intimidate in his elimination. He cruised
to a new mark of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile with a final quarter of :26.3. He also won the Hambletonian in 1:52.1 and
Canadian Trotting Classic in 1:52.2, set a Vernon Downs track record of 1:52.1
in the Zweig and was second by a neck to Googoo Gaagaa in the $500,000 Colonial.
– The supplemental gamble looked like money in the bank after his eye-popping
elimination upset with a wicked :26.3 kicker.
The Quebec bred from the first crop of Hambletonian finalist Justice
Hall is the new kid on the scene, who looks for five in a row and his 12th
win in 16 starts this season.
Nothing – This Ontario hope flashed solid speed off the wings, yet needed his
last two races after a sick scratch. He
was second to Prestidigitator as the beaten favorite in an OSS Gold Final at
Woodbine on Oct. 8, and won eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Hambletonian. A stalker who needs the front end to collapse
and the favorites to falter.
Race 12 – Open Pace – Selections: 7 – 8 – 5 – 10
Sweet – The $18.90 upsetter in last year’s
Open Pace in 1:48.4 is making his fifth straight Crown appearance. He posted his first win in 15 starts this
season with a brave, first over mile in 1:48.1 in the Allerage Farm at The Red
Mile, and was an equally game winner from post nine in last Saturday’s
Open. Once again, the Cancelliere
brothers have him hitting on all cylinders at Crown time.
8-Foiled Again – The son of Dragon Again is
looking to become the oldest pacer at age eight to win a Breeders
Crown. His upset in the Canadian Pacing
Derby was the biggest win of his career and made him the richest pacer in history. 2011 Dan Patch Award winner as Pacer of the
Year and Older Pacer of the Year. The
runner-up in the last two editions of the Breeders Crown Open Pace, his best
clockings at ages six, seven and eight have all come in Canada.
Receiver – At age seven, the son of Village
Jove is polishing off a career season. The
iron-tough gelding has major wins in the Presidential, Spring Championship,
Graduate, US Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial. The January Horse of the Month still going
strong and looked good in his return to Woodbine.
N - Recent private purchase made his
first start for the Ron Burke stable finishing fifth in the $155,000 Allerage
Farm at The Red Mile on Oct. 7, pacing a final quarter of :25.4. Then, he went down the road in a career best
of 1:48.4. He was twice a winner at the
Preferred level at Mohawk and might be ready to prove himself at this level
despite post 10.
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