Long left in the shadow of her fellow division titans, Next Level Stuff took the throne with an open-stretch dash past Hypnotic AM and Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Protecting position from the pylon post, Next Level Stuff eased into the pocket as Sorella slid to top and Hypnotic AM rolled towards the front past a :27.2 first quarter. Hypnotic AM grabbed the lead into the backstretch and seated Sorella in the pocket as the tempo accelerated by a :55.2 half.
To the far turn Love A Good Story kicked off the pylons from fourth and pressed forward to challenge Hypnotic AM to three-quarters in 1:23.4, but began to lose ground off the bend. Sorella swung out of the pocket into the eighth pole, leaving a seam for Next Level Stuff to dart through and then into the open stretch as Hypnotic AM tired. Next Level Stuff charged to the finish with the most momentum, holding off Sorella in a stakes- and track-record 1:52 mile while Ab’sattitudexpress rallied for third and Hypnotic AM settled for fourth.
The Three-Year-Old Filly Trot is available around the 3:18:00 mark
“She raced really good, her last three starts she’s really been coming into top form,” winning driver Tim Tetrick said after the race. “Last week she got home in :26-and-a-piece and raced well, and today we got kind of the same trip but with the long stretch we had plenty of time to get there. She’s definitely exceeded expectations, that’s for sure.”
A homebred Sebastian K S filly for Runthetable Stables, Next Level Stuff won her seventh race from 13 starts this season and her 13th from 23 overall, earning $646,816. Jim Campbell trains the winner.
“My family’s been with Jim Campbell for 30-plus years, my stable’s named after my father who I loved with all my heart—he’s my best friend in the entire world and I just miss him so much and I hope I made him proud tonight,” Scott Farber of Runthetable Stables said. “I’m so proud of this horse, I’m so proud of being a small part of the Campbell family. There’s just no way I’m going to be able to put this into words.”
Next Level Stuff paid $18.00 to win.
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