Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off a weekend of world-class harness racing as the track hosts the 2020 Breeders Crown, beginning with eliminations on Friday, October 23.
Here's a recap of what transpired. Check out the full card with all the replays in the video at the bottom of the page.
$25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations – Three-Year-Old Filly Pace
Party Girl Hill took a perfect record into her elimination, and she kept that perfect record intact thanks to another solid score for the team of driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder.
Dunn slipped his charge into the three-hole while Peaky Sneaky shot to the front and laid down first-half panels of :25.4 and :56.3. Peaky Sneaky was still in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3, but Party Girl Hill was first over and driving. She continued to apply pressure on the leader in the lane and eventually hauled that one down in the closing strides. Party Girl Hill prevailed in 1:50.1 over Peaky Sneaky and Drama Act.
So it’s now 14 wins from as many starts for the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap, who is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire, UK. She’s stashed away more than $800,000 to date.
Heavily-favoured Lyons Sentinel turned in a strong, stretch rally to take home top honours in her assignment for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King, Jr.
The daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover laid off the early speed set by Hen Party (:25.2) and Priceless (:55.2 and 1:23.3), but she was a force to be reckoned with in the lane. She uncorked a big kick in the late going and it propelled her to the win over JK First Lady in 1:49.4. New Year was third.
Threelyonsracing of Brantford, Ontario owns the 12-time winner who has put together a 3-7-0 record from 12 trips to the track this year. She’s a winner in excess of $1.2 million in her career.
The post draw for the three-year-old filly pace was conducted later in the evening, and the results appear below.
$500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace
1-Drama Act—Ron Burke
2-Party Girl Hill—Chris Ryder
3-Lyons Sentinel—Jim King Jr.
4-Peaky Sneaky—Nancy Takter
5-Pettycoat Business—Brian Brown
7-JK First Lady—Nancy Takter
8-Lady Lou—Tony Alagna
9-Hen Party—Tony Alagna
10-New Year—Chris Ryder
$25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations – Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace
Southwind Gendry extended his winning streak to seven-in-a-row thanks to a front-stepping triumph in an eye-catching clocking of 1:51 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke.
Gingras brushed his charge to the top in the backstretch, and the son of Always B Miki-Gamblers Passion then dictated the speed through middle panels of :56.4 and 1:25.1. He went into sprint mode in the lane, however, kicking home in :25.4 to win by a wide margin over Caviart Lotus and JK Going West.
It was the ninth win of the year from 11 attempts for the gelding, who was sent off as the 2-5 favourite in the eight-horse affair. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Knox Services Inc and Jandt Silva Purnel & Libb, Southwind Gendry has now banked $421,769 in his rookie season.
Perfect Sting kept his perfect record intact when he laid a whooping on the seven foes he sparred with in the second elimination.
David Miller played it cool early with the Joe Holloway trainee who blasted to the lead in the backstretch. Perfect Sting, who was an eight-time winner coming into the contest, laid down middle splits of :55.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :26.1 to win by a big margin over Summa Cum Laude and Always A Miki.
The son of Always B Miki-Shebestingin becomes a nine-time winner with the triumph. Brittany Farms LLC of Kentucky and Val Dor Farms of New Jersey share ownership on the winner of $316,800.
Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Final
1. JK Going West
2. Perfect Sting
3. Southwind Gendry
4. Always A Miki
5. Bayfield Beach
6. Summa Cum Laude
7. Abuckabett Hanover
8. Caviart Lotus
9. Captains Place
10. Literl Lad Hanover
$25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations – Two-Year-Old Filly Pace
Continualou pulled off a stunning upset when she swept by the leaders late and erupted for a 92-1 shocker for driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke.
The daughter of Sweet Lou-Continual Velocity got away third and watched Caviart Audrey (:27.2) and race favourite Fire Start Hanover (:57.1 and 1:25.1) take turns on the lead. Miller angled his charge to the outside at the head of the lane and the filly stormed home to win in going away fashion in 1:51.4 over Fire Start Hanover and Paulas Bet Hanover.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Continualou improved her freshman record to 3-2-0 from 11 starts with the victory. The filly has banked $134,405 to date.
JK Alwaysbalady used a strong stretch rally for driver Yannick Gingras en route to capturing her assignment in a career-best clocking of 1:51.
The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Always B Miki-Shesalady saved ground in the backfield in early stages of the mile while Thebeachiscalling (:25.3) and Notorious Pink (:55 and 1:23.1) did the heavy lifting. Scarlett Hanover made a first-over bid around the final turn, and JK Alwaysbalady tracked that cover from second over. Gingras swung off cover in the lane and JK Alwaysbalady out-kicked them home. Scarlett Hanover was a bang-up second, with third prize going to race favourite Notorious Pink.
Sent off at odds of 5-1, JK Alwaysbalady improved her freshman resume to 2-2-2 from eight starts for 3 Brothers Stables of New York. The victory boosted her earnings to $79,407.
Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Final
2. JK Alwaysbalady
3. Caviart Audrey
4. Paulas Bet Hanover
5. Scarlett Hanover
6. Blue Diamond Eyes
7. Fire Start Hanover
8. Nashville Elgenna
9. Notorious Pink
$25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations – Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot
In Range rallied from the backfield to take home top honours in his assignment for the tandem of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Marcus Melander.
The son of Bar Hopping-Ilia watched race favourite Cuatro De Julio steal away with sensible panels of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:26.4 before In Range powered up and posted the winning effort in 1:54.1. Brookview Bolt was next best, with third prize going to Delayed Hanover.
It was the fifth win of the season from nine trips to the track for In Range, who increased his lifetime earnings to $276,003 with the victory. He is owned by AMG Stable Inc, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Asell and Rick Wahlstedt.
Venerate was a front-stepping winner in his Breeders Crown elimination, and in doing so the winner of this year’s Mohawk Million dealt Captain Corey the first loss of his career.
Andy Miller put Venerate on the lead right from the outset and together they sliced out fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:25.1 before rocketing home in :27.1 to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Captain Corey in 1:52.2. The show dough went to Take All Comers.
Julie Miller trains the son of Love You-Peaceful Kemp for Pinske Stables of Minnesota and Andy Miller Stable Inc of New Jersey. The victory improved the colt’s record to 5-0-2 from nine trips to the track. The $12,500 payday bumped his overall cash stash to $868,114.
Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Final
1. Take All Comers
2. Cricket Fashion
3. In Range
4. On A Streak
6. Muscle Dynasty
7. Captain Corey
8. Zenith Stride
9. Delayed Hanover
10. Brookview Bolt
$25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations – Three-Year-Old Filly Trot
Spoiled Princess found her way to the winner’s circle for the fifth time this season thanks to her come-from-behind tally in her $25,000 elimination for the team of driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter.
Dunn gave his filly a ground-saving journey while Hypnotic AM carved out fractions of :26.4, :57 and 1:26.2. Spoiled Princess attacked the leader in the lane and managed to prevail in 1:53. Hypnotic AM held on for the runner-up award while Sorella settled for third.
Black Horse Racing and Christina Takter share ownership on the daughter of Trixton-Fashion Spooner who improved her 2020 record to 5-1-2 from 12 starts with the win. She’s now racked up more than $180,000 in lifetime earnings.
Next Level Stuff nabbed her sixth win of the season thanks to her 1:53.4 triumph in the second elimination for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim Campbell.
The filly enjoyed a ground-saving trip throughout the mile which was carved out by Whose Blues (:26.4) and then by Absattitudexpress (:58 and 1:26.4). Tetrick found clearance for Next Level Stuff in the lane and she responded by kicking home in :26.1 to win by a neck over a dead game Absattitudexpress. Race favourite Love A Good Story took home third prize.
Bred and owned by Runthetable Stables of New Jersey, Next Level Stuff improved this year’s record to 6-3-0 from 12 trips to the track while bumping her overall bankroll close to $400,000.
The draw for the three-year-old filly trot final was conducted later in the evening, and the results appear below.
$500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot
1-Next Level Stuff—Ron Burke
3-May Baby—James Yoder
5-Spoiled Princess—Nancy Takter
6-ABs Attitudexpress—Lucas Wallin
7-Hypnotic AM—Marcus Melander
8-Caviart Eva—Nancy Takter
9-Rock Swan—Erv Miller
10-Love A Good Story—Julie Miller
$25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations – Two-Year-Old Filly Trot
Mazzarati revved up her engine late en route to pulling off a 24-1 upset in her elimination assignment.
Tim Tetrick treated the Lucas Wallin trainee to a ground-saving trip in the mile that saw Iteration set fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.2. Mazzarati set sail late and rallied to win in 1:54.3 over Gotta Believe and Splash Blue Chip. Heavy favourite Donna Soprano made an early miscue and never recovered to be a factor.
The daughter of Cantab Hall-Falls For You now boasts a 4-1-2 record from nine trips to the track this season. Mazza Racing Stables LLC and Stormi And Bruiser Stable share ownership on the career winner of $83,785.
Lady Chaos turned a two-hole trip into a pylon-skimming score in the second elimination for driver David Miller and trainer Linda Toscano.
May Karp was the one setting fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4, but it was Lady Chaos who shot up the inside in the lane and stopped the teletimer in 1:54.2 while beating race favourite Presto and Swift Wanda.
Richard Gutnick, Thomas J Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr and Enviro Stables Ltd share ownership on the daughter of Cantab Hall-Strong Legacy who won for the fifth time this season from nine tries. She’s racked up $279,613 in earnings along the way.
The draw results for the final of the two-year-old filly trot appear below.
$600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot
1-Ima Diamond Babe—James Yoder
3-Splash Blue Chip—Ake Svandstedt
5-Lady Chaos—Linda Toscano
6-Hello I Love You—Tony Alagna
7-Big City Pearl—James Yoder
8-Swift Swanda—Erv Miller
9-Gotta Believe—Julie Miller
The draw was also completed for the 2020 Breeders Crown Mare Trot Final during the racing card.
1. Weslynn Quest
2. Conway Kellyanne
3. Pat Matters
4. When Dovescry
5. Plunge Blue Chip
6. Felicity Shagwell
8. Grand Swan
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the 2020 Breeders Crown finals on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be the 37th edition of the $6 million event.