2012 Breeders Crown
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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