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JK She'salady a perfect 12 for 12 with Crown win

03:16 PM 23 Nov 2014 NZDT
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JK She'salady goes undefeated with her 12th straight win
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Traceur Hanover and driver Andy Miller win Breeders Crown
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.JK She'salady capped a perfect 12 for 12 race season at the Meadowlands, with a serious challenge in the stretch of the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, putting Sassa Hanover in her place to win in a track- and stakes-record 1:50.2.
Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) left quickly and got the lead, cutting the first quarter in :26.3, while Jk She’salady and driver Tim Tetrick sat in fourth behind Heart Major (Ron Pierce) and Southwind Roulette (Scott Zeron).
“I protected myself in the first turn,” Tetrick said about sitting in fourth before he let Jk She’salady take off first over as the field went to the half in :54.4.
Jk She’salady took the lead and zoomed to a steaming 1:22.4 at the three-quarters as the second tier, led by Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick GIngras, began to close in on her. As Sassa Hanover got neck to neck with the leader in the stretch, Tetrick urged his filly on a bit and “my [filly] just put her away.”
Sassa Hanover held for second and Bettor Be Steppin took third.

"I’m very honored to get to drive JK She'salady," Tetrick said, "I lucked into it. Yannick didn’t take her, and they asked me to drive her and I was more than happy to do that. I protected myself in the first turn and the way it was shaking out, I either had to be first up again or I moved her to the front and she did the rest. Sassa Hanover came at her and ran at her hard enough but my mare just put her away and she raced really strong and good all the way to the wire."

"I guess it just worked out that way that I had success with the pacers," Said winning trainer Nancy Johansson, "I like the trotters too but I actually think the pacers are really exciting. I like the speed and it’s just something a little bit different. I realized JK She'salady was something special around February. I asked my dad if he had any good 2YO pacing fillies and I said he could just leave them home because I had the best one. So I guess I was right (laughs). I knew she was going to be good, I didn’t know she was going to be this good, so that’s always a pleasant surprise.

"She’s just super special and I’m blessed to have her in my barn," Nancy added. "She’s going to go for vacation in North Carolina, she deserves better weather. She’s going to get 6 weeks off and then start back for her 3YO season. It feels great to win my first Breeders Crown but I really want to thank Nina Johansson her caretaker, she’s done a great job, and my husband Marcus as well."

Jk She’salady, who won her 12th race in 12 starts with the Breeders Crown final victory, was bred and is owned by 3 Brothers Stables and Nancy Johansson is the trainer. She paid $2.20 to win as the betting favorite and closes out her first season of racing with earnings of $883,000.
Traceur Hanover overcomes traffic, duel, to win Breeders Crown
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./ The $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace at the Meadowlands was a crowded and confused mile before Traceur Hanover and Andy Miller held off favored In The Arsenal to win in1:51.
After a long judges inquiry into a break that involved Franzo and Lyons Levi Lewis just after the first turn and a quarter of :26.2, shuffling began after the field was scattered.  Sicily (George Brennan)  took off and In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) shot for the lead and then Go Daddy Go (John Campbell) came quickly around as the half went in :55.2. Traceur Hanover kept Go Daddy Go on the outside with Tomy Terror (Corey Callahan) trying to keep the cover.
The duel of Traceur Hanover and In The Arsenal ensued through three-quarters in 1:23 and Traceur Hanover got the best of the challenge, winning by a ½ length.
In The Arsenal got third and Lyons Levi Lewis (Ron Pierce) survived the inquiry and was allowed to keep his third-place finish.

"There was a lot of breakers and a lot going on there," said Andy Miller. "We just had to bide our time and wait to get through it all. Traceur Hanover was super last week, he had a good week this week, thought he’d be right on his toes. I was a little worried about making the move I did, but I beat Sears last week and he knew I had a good horse, and he was willing to follow me. He was super, he was good last week and came back with the same effort this week."

Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Traceur Hanover is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume. He paid $9.80 to win and has earnings of $552,000 in his first season of racing.
by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown
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