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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Saturday, November 03, 2012 12:16 AM

2012 Breeders Crown Review 

Mare Trot 

The Breeders Crown Mare Trot produced its second straight upset when the Swedish import and European champion Tamla Celeber S stormed home from post ten past the 4-5 favorite Frenchfrysnvinegar, who had pulled a 4-1 upset from post ten in 2011.  Trainer Roger Walmann, whose Giant Diablo set a world record of 1:50.1 at The Red Mile in 2007, made a late driver change to Brian Sears, and The White Knight rallied the millionaire five-year-old by Cantab Hall to his 23rd Crown victory.  The second-place finish by Frenchfrysnvinegar pushed her past the million mark for the team of Jody Jamieson and Jeff Gillis.  The leading money winner in her division is capping off a career season with a late surge, which included a world record of 1:54 in the Miss Versatility Final at Delaware and a 1:52 lifetime mark in the Allerage Farm in Lexington. 

  

Two Year Old Filly Pace 

When you’ve got a Horse of the Year on both sides of your pedigree, you’ve got Breeders Crown championship written all over you.  Fresh off a sharp 1:51.2 upset at 11-1 in her elimination, Somwherovrarainbow followed up with a convincing first over crush as the 6-5 favorite in the Two Year Old Filly Pace with a convincing 1:52.2 mile.  Andy Miller, who won the 2004 edition with Restive Hanover, guided the homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Rainbow Blue past late-season rivals I Luv The Nitelife and L Dees Lioness for George Teague, Jr., K and R Racing and Ted Gewertz.  I Luv The Nitelife maintains the edge in her division with a near $700,000 bankroll, consistency and major victories in the She’s A Great Lady, Eternal Camnation and Bluegrass.  The $60,000 yearling is trained by Chris Ryder for Richard and Joanne Young.  

  

Open Trot 

The Breeders Crown Open Trot looked like a Horse of the Year moment for Chapter Seven.  The four-year-old son of Windsongs Legacy got stuck outside and uncovered when European invitee Commander Crowe left hard for command.  However, Tim Tetrick was actually able to rate his 3-5 favorite through a :57.1 middle half and eventually prevailed in 1:52.3 over Mister Herbie and Commander Crowe.  With his seventh win in nine starts this season, Chapter Seven is looking to become the first Horse of the Year to make less than 12 starts in their award-winning season.  Bred in New Jersey by Richard T. Banca, Chapter Seven set a world record of 1:50.1 in the Nat ray at the Meadowlands.  He also sealed divisional honors and Trotter of the Year.  Linda Toscano becomes the first female to be named Trainer of the Year, train a Horse of the Year and the leading money winner of the season (Market Share). 

  

Three Year Filly Pace 

Tim Tetrick came right back with American Jewel, who locked down her division with a hard-fought stretch drive as the 8-5 favorite in the Breeders Crown Three Year Old Filly Pace.  After winning her elimination in 1:52.3, the daughter of American Ideal notched her eighth win in 15 starts this season with a 1:52.1 decision over Shelliscape and Big McDeal.  Her Jimmy Takter stablemate, Romantic Moment finished fourth.  After her stellar freshman campaign was cut short by injury, American Jewel bounced back with a million dollar season, clocked a world record of 1:48.2 in the Fan Hanover at Mohawk, and pushed her career earnings to $1,771,773.  She also won the James Lynch Memorial Pocono Downs and a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile.  Her breeder, Brittany Farms are the leading the owners in series history with 16 wins and well over $6 million.  Tetrick won the 2010 edition with Put On A Show.     

  

Two Year Old Filly Trot 

To Dream On was able to gain a measure of revenge on Bee A Magician and seal her division title with a stakes record equaling 1:54.4 in the Breeders Crown Two Year Old Filly Trot.  The daughter of Credit Winner, bred in New Jersey by Valley High Stables, powered past at the three quarters and cruised for Yannick Gingras as the 8-5 second choice.  Long shot Time To Kill outhustled 6-5 favorite Bee A Magician for the place spot.  With his fifth win in this division, newly-minted Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter added to his lead in series history with over $6 million and his 13th Crown trophy.  The $200,000 yearling made it eight wins in nine starts as the leading money winning freshman trotter in 2012 at $722,940 for owners Marvin Katz and Al LIbfeld.  Her lone loss came when she finished second by a neck to Bee A Magician in the Peaceful Way Final at Mohawk. 

  

Three Year Old Filly Trot 

Yannick Gingras made it back-to-back Breeders Crowns when he steered Maven to a 1:54 upset at 7-2 in the Three Year Old Filly Trot.  Coming into the night, Gingras’ lone Crown win came in this division with longshot Southwind Serena ($102.80) in 2007.  Persistence paid for the consistent daughter of Glidemaster, who wore down 4-5 favorite Check Me Out and held off Win Missy B.  Trainer Jonas Czeryson broke an 0 for 18 Crown drought.  The $37,000 yearling bred in Florida by All La Nuova Sbarra and owned by W. J. Donovan, pushed her career bankroll to $843,499.  She was a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner and won the Moni Maker Final at the Meadowlands.  Despite her rare loss, Check Me Out clearly remains the top filly in her division and the richest trotting filly in history moved to $1,855,069. 

  

Two Year Old Colt Pace 

Captaintreacherous was one of the biggest standouts of the night, but despite clearing the lead past the half in :55.2, the 1:50.4 elimination winner could not hold off 17-1 shocker Rockin Amadeus and Wake Up Peter in a thrilling three-horse photo finish.  Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter notched a Crown Night hattrick with the son of Rocknroll Hanover, who equaled his lifetime mark of 1:51.2.  Ontario owner and breeder Susan Grange’s Lothlorien has kept all four foals of his dam Kikikatie, Rockin Image ($901,756), Gram’s Legacy ($122,430), Time To Roll ($544,595) and Rockin Amadeus ($451,046).  All four sons of Rocknroll Hanover have been trained by Takter.  Trainer Tony Alagna finished second and third with his two elimination winners.  Captaintreacherous will give Alagna his first Dan Patch Award with stakes records in the Woodrow Wilson (1:49.3) and Metro Final (1:49.2).  The $250,000 yearling is from the great first crop of Somebeachsomewhere. 

  

Two Year Old Colt Trot 

It wasn’t a dominant win and he got away with a :57.3 half, yet the fourth of seven favorites on the card came in the form of the undefeated Wheeling N Dealin, who extended his streak to nine with a 1:56 victory over Royalty For Life and Murmur Hanover in the Breeders Crown Two Year Old Colt Trot.  It was a double for breeder William Weaver (Valley High Stable of NJ) and sire Cantab Hall.  Sylvain Filion scored his only other Breeders Crown back in 2001 with Goliath Bayama.  Trainer Dustin Jones’ lone Crown came in 2010 with Martiniontherocks.  The $100,000 yearling, owned by Ecurie Synergie of Montreal, Quebec, notched major wins in the Champlain and William Wellwood Memorial.  Filion and Jones campaigned Hambletonian finalist Prestidigitator and hope to return to the same venue in 2013.         

      

Three Year Old Colt Pace 

When Heston Blue Chip scored as the 9-5 favorite in the Breeders Crown Three Year Old Colt Pace it only served to scramble a wide-open division even further.  It was a double for trainer Linda Toscano and winning sire American Ideal, and a triple for Tim Tetrick, who followed Sweet Lou into the stretch and edged that rival in 1:49.2.  Toscano’s other elimination winner, Bettors Edge, finished third.  Heston Blue Chip is a New York Sires Stakes star who won the Empire Breeders Classic in a Tioga Downs track record of 1:48.4.  The $30,000 yearling, bred in New York by Blue Chip Bloodstock, made it 12 wins in 14 starts in 2012, and vaulted past the $1 million career mark for owner Ken Jacobs.  Sweet Lou, Michael’s Power (tenth) and A Rocknroll Dance, all three with $1 million sophomore seasons, will vie for divisional honors. 

  

Open Mare Pace 

Tim Tetrick made history by being the first driver to win four Breeders Crowns on the program, and the first of two Breeders Crown repeaters came in the Mare Pace when Anndrovette squeezed out and outhustled the 2-1 favorite Drop The Ball and Rebeka Bayama.  The five-year-old daughter of Riverboat King capped her Dan Patch Award winning season when she won at Woodbine in 1:49.2 in 2011.  Owned by Jeff Bamond and Joseph Davino, and bred in New Jersey by Golden Touch Stable, Androvette became a double millionaire with her 6-1 upset.  Trainer Paul Fraley notched his first Crown win.  Anndrovette set a world record of 1:48.1 in the Roses Are Red at Mohawk, and will battle Put On A Show, Drop The Ball and Rebeka Bayama for divisional honors.  Tetrick joined John Campbell, Mike Lachance, Brian Sears and Ron Pierce as the only drivers to win four Crowns in one season.  

  

Three Year Old Colt Trot 

Intimidate unleashed what was likely the most impressive win on the card in the Breeders Crown Three Year Old Colt Trot when he stormed home in 1:52.4 as the 3-2 favorite.  The gelding by Justice Hall was a $62,500 supplement, and emerged from relative obscurity to reel off his fifth straight win for trainer/co-owner Luc Blais, who bred Intimidate with co-owner Judith Farrow of Quebec.  Sylvain Filion opted to stick with Prestidigitator, who finished fourth, so Hall of Famer Ron Pierce picked up his 26th Crown trophy.  Intimidate had won his elimination with a :26.3 swoop, and posted his 13th win in 17 starts in 2012, blowing by Little Brown Fox and division leader Market Share.       

     

Open Pace 

Most of the talk going into the Breeders Crown Open Pace was about how Put On A Show was making history by being the first female pacer to take on the boys in a Crown event.  Unfortunately, the fastest female of all-time finished tenth.  When the dust settled, 7-5 favorite Bettor Sweet and Dave Miller went down the road as the second Crown repeater on the card, trouncing Golden Receiver and Foiled Again.  It was simply a case of the seven-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight getting hot at the right time, posting his third win in a row.  The $175,000 purchase by brothers John and Tom Cancelliere in 2008 cranked his career earnings up to $2,775,103.  The brother to Sweet Lou was bred in California by Seth Rosenfeld’s Uptown Stable.  Bettor Sweet was making his fourth consecutive Crown appearance after a third, a fourth and a sixth.  Foiled Again is looking for back-to-back Dan Patch Awards and will face off with Golden Receiver.      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

      

     

  



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