TORONTO - Twelve North American championships in just under four hours. That’s Breeders Crown night.
And while not every winner will be voted divisional champion, it is the first race the voters consider in their assessment.
The best have come to Woodbine for tonight’s extravaganza and while last year’s edition was memorable on the track, it wasn’t quite as memorable on the toteboard with logical contenders scoring in most of the races. That was against the norm as the Crown has produced memorable surprises in its 29-year-history.
There are definitely logical favourites in all 12 events but whether they all bring their ‘A’ game is another matter.
Nonetheless, we’ll take a stab here.
— $246,350 Open Mare Trot: As good as Frenchfrysnvinegar was in winning this last year, she may be better this time. Cedar Dove is also capable of a quick clocking. Beatgoeson Hanover is a win machine and last week’s elimination winner.
— $591,240 TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE: L Dees Lioness cut the mile and got caught in the stretch last week. Look for a turnaround. I Luv The Nightlife has a 1:50 1/5 clocking and is the leading earner. Somwherovrarainbow not only took full advantage of the naming limitations but won the elimination with authority last week.
— $591,240 OPEN TROT: Chapter Seven is the deserving favourite but we were all impressed by Swedish star Commander Crowe last year and we see this nine-year-old pushing the issue again. Veteran Arch Madness can complete the triactor.
— $492,700 THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE: Give the edge to Romantic Moment, a 10-time winner this year who may control from the front. American Jewel will chase her home. Lets give Rockaround Sue a chance to shake up the exotics with a good stretch run.
— $591,240 TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT: Let’s go with seven-time winner To Dream On to turn the tables on Ontario-sired Bee A Magician, who won the Peaceful Way by a neck in their last meeting. Fashion Athena has had a good-enough year to grab a piece.
— $492,700 THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT: It’s going to be hard to go against Check Me Out, who has had as good a two-year start to her career as any filly ever. But Win Missy B did turn the tables on her at the Red Mile earlier this month. How about Ontario Sires Stakes star Miss Paris as the surviving longshot should the top two dust off the other contenders.
— $591,240 TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE: Metro Pace winner Captaintreacherous is strictly the one here. Wake Up Peter was a surprise elimination winner last week and could carry the momentum. Apprentice Hanover is a five-time winner who finished third in the Metro.
— $591,240 TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT: Wheeling N Dealin is perfect in his eight-race campaign so far. Dontyouforgetit isn’t far behind with six wins in eight outings. Expect those two to battle it out. Royalty For Life didn’t get a favourable post but is every bit as fast as the top two.
— $546,987 THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE: Heston Blue Chip may be able to work out a good pocket trip behind Jug winner and likely pacesetter Michaels Power. Sweet Lou may not be as dominant as he was last year but he can’t be discounted. Panther Hanover may not have the cash of the others but does have the speed.
— $326,660 OPEN MARE PACE: Anndrovette saved her best for the Crown last year and may pull the mild upset. Rebeka Bayama may be the best of the bunch but has post nine to contend with. Camille has won half of her 20 starts and could handle the jump in class.
— $546,987 THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE: Market Share is the Hambletonian champ and has been in the money in all but two of his 22 career starts. Little Brown Fox could cut the fractions again and make himself tough to catch. The consistent Knows Nothing could creep into the triactor in this deep field.
— $492,700 OPEN PACE: Very wide open finale. Perhaps Aracache Hanover can work his way back into form from post two. Foiled Again is the leader of the division with over $4.4 million career earnings including seven figures this year. Golden Receiver has also had a productive year.