A nostril separated them at the wire in last year's Breeders Crown, with Artistic Fella crowned the winner, though Mister Big eventually wrested the divisional title away.
Same place, same event and once again the two dominant players are the headliners in a group of ten of North America's richest and fastest pacers entered in the Breeders Crown Pace, one of four open events worth a combined US$1.8 million scheduled for Saturday, August 30, at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada.
has the edge, having recently bested in the Canadian Pacing Derby, US Pacing Championship and Haughton Memorial.
, the defending Crown champ, won the Classic Final and Ben Franklin. Both have more than $2 million in earnings lifetime.
Five of the remaining eight pacers in the field are millionaires as well:, Palone Ranger, , Won The West and . Big Time Ball. and Western Shore have passed the half-million dollar and a Crown will launch them closer to that $1 million benchmark.
No eliminations will be necessary and an open draw on Saturday night, Aug. 23, will determine post positions.
The complete field in alphabetical order is as follows:
Big Time Ball,
Won The West
The Breeders Crown open events will be raced on a stakes-laden card that includes the Metro Pace and She's A Great Lady finals.
Moira Fanning, The Hambletonian Society