Handicapping Breeders' Crown card a challenge

Richard Mauntah, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 PM ET

Handicapping a Breeders' Crown card, like any championship day, has its own set of challenges.

This is after all, the championships of harness racing. A Crown win, combined with an solid body of work the rest of the year, assuredly earns year-end honours. Regardless of who has the more impressive past-performance lines, all the horses Saturday night at Woodbine have been primed for this, so upsets do occur. A winning night at the mutuels is a matter of when to go after a long shot and when to concede a race to the more-fancied campaigners.

So here is our shot, for your amusement if nothing else.

Open Mare Trot

An absolutely wide open event to kick things off. We'll give a slight edge to local star Frenchfriesnvinegar with Action Broadway and Autumn Escapade in contention as well.

3-year-old Filly Trot

The opposite. This looks to be strictly a match race between Check Me Out and Win Missy B. Edge to Check Me Out to avenge her Peaceful Way Stakes loss to her rival.

2-year-old Filly Pace

Economy Terror, first or second in all nine starts, is the deserving favourite and the pick but there's of buzz about New Yorker Handsoffmycookie who could surprise.

2-year-old Colt Pace

A Rocknroll Dance should control much of the tempo and score here but Sweet Lou and Speed Again will gun for him late.

2-year-old Colt Trot

Magic Tonight was second to Posess The Will in their elimination last week. We're looking for a reversal tonight in a mild upset. American Gangster could grab a piece as well.

Open Mare Pace

Anndrovette and Laughandbehappy have had quite the battle in this division. Edge to Anndrovette due to post position as her rival will start from the outside.

Open Trot

San Pail is the best of the bunch, at least on these shores. We'll add Swedish star Rapide Lebel for an international exactor box.

Three-year-old Filly Pace

Drop The Ball earned the favourite tag with her sharp elimination last week but time for a bit of an upset. Tea Party Princess has been strong this season and could sweep by from the outside.

3-year-old Colt Trot

Maybe the most interesting race of the night with many chances. Daylon Magician muscled his way into the conversation with his Canadian Trotting Classic win and stayed sharp after that. So let's call a mild upset with him here.

3-year-old Filly Trot

Cedar Dove and Iron Lady, the elimination winners from last week will be the favourites. How about another mild upset with the consistent Jezzy?

3-year-old Colt Pace

A bit of a shot here in a star-studded field, Alsace Hanover made a big charge to get second money in his elimination. If he can position himself a place or two closer early, he could give Scott Zeron a Crown title at a square price.

Open Pace

The old boys close proceedings. Let's give the senior citizen Foiled Again a call as he has had a stellar year.

POST TIME REMINDER

The card starts at 6:30 p.m., one hour earlier than normal. The Score will have coverage of the event starting at 7:30 p.m.


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