Day At The Track

Cedar Dove flies away from field in 'Crown'

02:40 AM 30 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Cedar Dove and Ron Pierce
Cedar Dove and Ron Pierce - paid $3.30 when winning in 1:53.3.
Michael Burns photo

Cedar Dove won the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:53.3, a stakes harness racing record, paying $3.30 to win. Crys Dream finished second, Oh Sweet Baby was third and Pantholops finished fourth.

Jezzy was alert and left the gate fast. Oh Sweet Baby sat in second and Cedar Dove was in third. Jezzy took them by the quarter in :27.1. Cedar Dove came first over in the backstretch and cleared the lead approaching the half. Jezzy pulled into second ad Oh Sweet Baby was in third. Lady Andover was first over in fourth. Cedar Dove took them by the half in :57 (:29.4).

Around the far turn, Cedar Dove had the lead, with pressure from Lady Andover in second and Crys Dream following Lady Andover. Cedar Dove took them by three-quarters in 1:25.3 (:28.3). Cedar Dove drew off in the stretch. Crys Dream came off cover and was closing in second, Oh Sweet Baby was holding on for third and Pantholops closed from the back of the field to get up for fourth. Cedar Dove won, with Crys Dream finishing second, Oh Sweet Baby was third and Pantholops was fourth.

Cedar Dove is a three-year-old filly by Andover Hall out of the mare Pine For Her by Pine Chip. She has earned $249,865 in 2011. She was bred by Rob Anderson and Rod Ferguson. She is owned by Adam Victor and Son Stables and John Fielding, trained by Noel Daley and Ron Pierce was in the bike.

“Tonight was a piece of cake, she’s faster than the other fillies. We tipped her out and she did everything by herself. It is very important to keep her relaxed. She’s insecure, unsure of herself.” Ron Pierce said. “She had an easy week, trained an easy trip, made sure she eats and kept her relaxed.” Mike Vanderkemp said, talking about Cedar Dove’s week to the “Crown.”

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Driver Ron Pierce completed a sweep of the two and three-year-old trotting filly divisions on Saturday night when Cedar Dove captured the $500,000 Breeders Crown.

Earlier in the card Pierce was called upon to drive Check Me Out in the $600,000 and he converted that opportunity into an easy score. "Check Me Out was unbelievable. I let her trot on her own and only touched her late in the mile.

She's something special," said Pierce about the daughter of the colt he made famous Donato Hanover. Check Me Out, who scored for the 12th time in 14 starts this year may not be done yet with her brilliant juvenile campaign.

Trainer Ray Schnittker suggested following the 1:54.4 mile that there could be another stakes event around the corner. "I think we'll supplement her to the Matron (Dover Downs) he said. Cedar Dove's trip was pretty similar to Check Me Out's as Pierce allowed the Schnittker-trained and driven Jezzy get the top before him and then was able to hustle his favored filly to the front In a soft :57 opening half.

From that point on the Noel Daley-trained filly just cruised to the wire posting a 1:25.3 three quarter clocking followed by a :28 second sprint finishing well clear of Crys Dream in the 1:53.3 mile. A hard-luck story early in the season when she refused to relax, Cedar Dove has now scored two major divisional triumphs in a row.

Prior to her victory in the Crown the Andover Hall-sired lass set a track record in her Crown elimination and scored a straight heat victory in the Kentucky Futurity filly division at The Red Mile.

Cedar Dove

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