Day At The Track

Mission Brief in world record tying mile

06:52 AM 03 Aug 2014 NZST
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Mission Brief and driver Yannick Gingras tied the world record
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Centurion ATM and trainer/driver Oke Svandstedt tied the track record
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She may have faltered in her very first career start and finished seventh, but Mission Brief has made up for it big time, scoring four straight wins including the biggest triumph of her young career with a romp in the $362,050 final of the Merrie Annabelle Final for two-year-old trotting fillies Saturday at the Meadowlands. Her time of 1:52.2 equaled the world record.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, Mission Brief went right to the lead and never looked back. With Livingthefastlane (Brian Sears) sitting in second, Mission Brief cut fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.3 before pulling away from the field for good, winning by eight open lengths. Livinginthefastlane was second with Lock Down Lindy (Soctt Zeron), who had come first-over, finishing third.

Her time tied Mission Brief with Designed To Be, who first set the world record in 2013.

“As a yearling,” said co-breeder Steve Stewart,” she was very similar to her mother, Southwind Serena. Her mother won the Breeders Crown right here at the Meadowlands. She is the same size and mental state as her mother and I heard she as just as hard to train. Ron Burke has done great with her. She went her last quarter today in :27.4 and I don’t think she was all out.”

Sired by Muscle Hill, Mission Brief is trained by Ron Burke and paid $2.40 to win. She is co-owned Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, J & T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.

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Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt continues to impress horsemen throughout North America as the top reinsman from Sweden drove Centurion ATM to a track and stakes record 1:53.2 triumph in the $355,500 final of the Peter Haughton Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts in track record time.

It was Amicus (Mike Lachance) and Uncle Lasse (Ron Pierce) who were the first out of the starting gate to the lead with Uncle Lasse winning out, but by the opening quarter mile in :28, it was Centurion ATM and Ake Svanstedt coming first-over and taking command. They field the field to the half mile marker in :56.4 as Canepa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) came first-over to challenge.

But Canepa Hanover went off-stride before the three-quarters in 1:25 and that left Svanstedt and Centurion ATM all alone and they breezed home to win by three open lengths. Uncle Lasse was second with Cruzado Dela Noche (David Miller) third.

The prior track record was set by Muscle Hill in 2008.

Sired by SJ’s Cavier, Centurion ATM paid $4.20 to win and posted his second win in just four career starts. He is owned by Courant AB of Sweden and the Knutsson Trotting Stables of Vero Beach, FL.

“This is awesome, absolutely fantastic,” said co-owner Michael Knutsson. “To go this fast on this special day is so great.”

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By Steve Wolf, for

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