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Breeders Crown elims fill Hoosier card

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Ted Black

October 22nd, 2017

Saturday evening harness racing fans turned their attention to Hoosier Park as the seven-eighths mile oval in Indiana hosted a grand sum of 14 Breeders Crown elims for varying ages and both gaits and genders.

The first three races on the card were the eliminations for the Breeders Crown two-year-old colt pace. In the opening split, Lost In Time (Scott Zeron) lived up to her role as the 2-5 favorite when he brushed past This Is The Plan (David Miller) to gain command past a 27 flat opener, got a breather to the half in 56.3 and three-quarters in 1:26 then held safe the pocket horse in the lane to score in 1:52.4.

One race later, however, Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller) failed to live up to his billing as the 4-5 favorite and actually failed to earn a berth in the final as Stay Hungry (Doug McNair) prevailed in 1:50.4 for his fifth win in seven career tries. Then in the third Crown split for the freshmen pacing colts, Karpathian Kid (David Miller) left to gain command, yielded to Closing Statement (Brian Sears), followed that one through the far turn then angled out in the lane and scored in 1:51 as the 3-5 choice for trainer Erv Miller.

Then one race later in the first of two Breeders Crown Open Trot elims, Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) easily lived up to her role as the 1-5 favorite when she gained command before the opener in 28 flat, got a breather to the half in 57.4, raced unpressed through the far turn and by three-quarters in 1:25.4 and edged clear in the lane to a two-length score in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover now sports an 8-5-0 slate and $690,000 banked from 15 starts this year and looms the favorite for the final next weekend.

One race later in the second Breeders Crown Open Trot elim, Crazy Wow (Gingras) left to gain command in a sharp 26.3 opener, got a breather to the half in 56.4, faced token pressure from Gural Hanover through the far turn then edged clear in the lane to a three-length score in 1:53 as the tepid 8-5 favorite. Marion Marauder rallied second over to gain the place spot, while Resolve again offered little in the lane. Trainer Ron Burke appears to hold all the cards heading into this final with both elim winners and Gingras will likely opt for the mare.

Then one race later in the first of the two Breeders Crown Open Pace elims, Mach It So (David Miller) left alertly to gain command in a 26.1 opener, maintained an honest tempo by the half in 54.1, raced unpressed through the far turn and by three-quarters in 1:21.1 and held safe McWicked (Brian Sears) and Missile J (Tim Tetrick) in the lane in 1:48.2. A seven-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Jeff Bamond, Jr., Mach It So now sports a 4-4-4 slate and $520,000 banked from 22 starts this year and looms one of the serious contenders for the final.

Then one race later in the second Breeders Crown Open Pace elim, Dealt A Winner (David Miller) brushed to command before the half in 54.4, raced unpressed through the far turn and by three-quarters in 1:22.3 then held safe the late inside bids of Keystone Velocity (Daniel Dube) and Split The House (Brett Miller) and prevailed by a neck in 1:49.1. A five-year-old Cams Card Shark gelding trained by Mark Silva, Dealt A Winner has won two straight and now owns a 5-2-1 slate and $250,000 banked from 16 starts this year and will be one of the favorites for the final and offers Miller a minor quandary for choice.

Mach It So, McWicked, Missile J, Dealt A Winner and Keystone Velocity have not only already secured a berth in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open final next weekend, they will also all be headed to Rosecroft Raceway for the second edition of the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway on Sunday, November 5, along with defending champion All Bets Off, who delivered a subpar effort in his Crown elim but should be headed to the final. Last year All Bets Off prevailed in the inaugural edition of the Potomac in 1:48.2 on a night when temperatures dropped into the upper teens.
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