WILKES-BARRE PA -- All Laid Out ($7.80) used the well-traveled Pocono Pike passing lane to catch 3-5 pacesetter Smilin Eli in deep stretch to take his $25,000 Breeders Crown 3TC elimination Saturday night in 1:52.4.
The colt, trained by for the All Laid Out Stable, was three-wide most of the 27 quarter to gain the top from Smilin Eli, but the chalk was quick on the remove, and he got a breather to reach the half in 57. Outside rivals failed to bother Smilin Eli to the 1:24.3 3/4 and through the turn, but "Eli" was unable to withstand the move to his inside of All Laid Out, succumbing in the final strides by a neck. Deadliest Catch, who was uncovered most of the last half, was third, ahead of Deweycolorintheline; Bluto was fifth and may make the Crown final depending on the later elimination.
After the race, trainer Daley recalled that "I told David to be aggressive with him, not to get locked in. I was surprised that he left, but we got a lovely trip. All Laid Out's just a little guy, but he's a very tough horse."
Spider Blue Chip Takes Second Division
In the $25,000 second three-year-old colt trot divsion, Spider Blue Chip,($8.00) at odds of 3-1, was able to lead from start to finish for driver Ron Pierce and then hold off a last charge by the pocket-sitting E L Rocker (Yannick Gingras) to win by a head in 1:52.4. Kentucky Futurity winner, Creatine (Mike Lachance) finished third.
Also making the $500,000 next week is Hambletonian winner, Royaly For Life (Brian Sears) who finished fourth after being parked out first-over but was never in contention in the race.
Trained by Chuck Sylvester for owners David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Ontario, it was ninth win this year for Spider Blue Chip, a gelded son of Andover Hall.
"Ron rated him perfect," said Sylvester after the race, "He will let a horse get by him sometimes but he comes back on and goes on. He is a great horse."
by Jerry Connors and Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com