Jereme's Jet rallied to score a one-length victory over Western Cyclone in the ninth race, the $575,400 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Pace on Saturday night (November 26) at the Meadowlands.
Western Ace was third by a 1 ¼ lengths.
Owned by the Genesis Racing Stable of Plainfield, Illinois, Jereme's Jet picked up his sixth win in seven starts this year and pushed his earnings to $1,039,376. The winner of the Metro and Governor's Cup, his only loss was a second by a head in his Breeders Crown elim.
But Jereme's Jet, driven by Paul MacDonell and trained by Tom Harmer, almost did not make it to the Breeders Crown Final.
"Friday morning his hock was as big as his head and his ankle was blown up," revealed Joe Frasure, assistant to Harmer. "We spent three hours at the clinic [New Jersey Equine Clinic in Clarksburg, New Jersey] on Friday morning. They took an x-ray and it came out negative. Dr. [Patty] Hogan drained him [the hock] and bandaged him up. I took the bandages off this morning, hosed him for two hours and it was perfect. We were 50-50 to race him."
"He's an awesome, unbelievably talented colt," said MacDonell after winning his first Breeders Crown.
"I think that's the plan all along. Next year is the year they want to focus on. If he comes back as good as I think he can come back, he'll really be heard from next year. I just wanted to be up close near the front end.
"It looked like the speed's been all up front the whole night. I thought if we were within range at the head of the stretch, it would give him a chance to win it. At the top of the stretch, we were second behind Palone Ranger, and I was able to angle out behind Western Ace."
Courtesy Of The Meadowlands Media Relations Department