Entries for the $6 million harness racing Breeders Crown finals this morning revealed the expected - San Pail, Big Bad John, We Will See-and the unexpected in soph filly pacer See You At Peelers and 15 sophomore colt trotting entries, including supplements Daylon Magician and Dejarmbro.
The Crown Trot, headlined by San Pail and the two foreign invitees, Rapide Lebel and Commander Crowe drew just seven trotters. Two former Crown champs - Arch Madness and Lucky Jim, as well as Define the World and Hot Shot Blue Chip will comprise the field.
The $250,000 Mare Trot and the $500,000 Crown Pace, each with 11 entered will go straight to finals. Two nights of eliminations are necessary to winnow the divisions to the final fields for Saturday, Oct. 29.
There will be elims for all two-year-old divisions on Fri., Oct. 21 with the exception of the two-year-old filly pace, which has nine fillies and will advance straight to the $600,000 final.
All four sophomore divisions will require two eliminations on Sat., Oct. 22. The first five finishers from each elim will advance to the final. Elimination winners may pick their post position.
The mare pacing division drew 12, so two of the highest money-earners in 2011 are offered byes, with one elimination of ten required to eliminate two mares. If byes are declined, one is offered to the next highest earner. The elimination winner may pick their post position.
Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. The $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot will be drawn at press conference at WEGZ Stadium Club on Tues., Oct. 25.