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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:34 PM

Race 1 – Mare Trot – Selections:  8 – 2 – 6 – 7  

  

8-Frenchfrysnvinegar – 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.   

  

2-Beatgoeson 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 million. 

  

6-Cedar 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 Farm.   

  

7-Autumn 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 

  

1-L 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.  

  

5-I 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.   

  

2-Somwhereovrarainbow – 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. 

  

7-Love 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 

  

2-Mister 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.  

  

6-Chapter 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.       

  

5-Arch 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. 

  

4-Commander 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 Pace – Selections:  4 – 3 – 1 – 7 

  

4-American 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 

  

3-Romantic 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 controlling speed. 

  

1-Economy 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. 

  

7-Rockaround 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 TrotSelections:  6 – 8 – 3 – 10  

  

6-Bee 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. 

  

8-To 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, controlling speed. 

  

3-Mistery 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. 

  

10-Frau 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 Trot – Selections:  1 – 6 – 2 – 5  

  

1-Check 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. 

  

6-Maven – 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.   

  

2-Win 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 K.      

  

5-Personal 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 PaceSelections:  3 – 4 – 6 – 7  

  

3-Captaintreacherous – 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. 

  

4-Wake 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).  

  

6-Vegas 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 Coleman. 

  

7-Apprentice 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 Trot – Selections:  2 – 8 – 1 – 4 

  

2-Wheeling 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.     

  

8-Royalty 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.     

  

1-Dontyouforgetit – 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 Oct. 5. 

  

      

Race 9 – 3YO Colt Pace -  Selections:  5 – 1 – 7 – 2    

  

5-Panther 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 

and 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. 

  

1-Michaels’ 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. 

  

7-Sweet 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. 

  

2-Bettors’ 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 

  

9-Rebeka 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.   

  

11-Drop 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.   

  

2-Rocklamation – 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. 

  

4-Anndrovette – 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 repeat.     

  

  

Race 11 – 3YO Colt Trot – Selections:  4 – 8 – 3 – 6  

  

4-Little 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, 

set 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. 

  

8-Market 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. 

  

3-Intimidate – 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.   

  

6-Knows 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    

  

7-Bettor 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. 

  

5-Golden 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. 

  

10-Foreclosure 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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