WILKES BARRE PA -- Spider Blue Chip ($4.60) made two speed moves to the lead, then held off the late rail thrust of Creatine to take the $500,000 Breeders Crown Championship for three-year-old trotting colts Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Royalty For Life had been the leader of this division for much of the season, but he came up with a minor injury and was scratched. Now fans may give Spider Blue Chip, who has defeated "Royalty" three times in the last two months, a look for year-end honors after this Crowning moment.
Driver Ron Pierce, who joined Tim Tetrick as a three-time Crown winner on the evening, got Spider Blue Chip away in good order, let Creatine and then Smilin Eli work their way to the lead by the 27.2 quarter, then moved again to the outside and was back in command well before the 56.3 half. Though the third quarter went in 28, the frontstepping Andover Hall gelding was not under pressure, and through the stretch pocketsitting Smilin Eli had no response -- but Creatine did from third on the pylons, narrowing in to within a neck at the wire, although Pierce seemed to be in control. S
milin Eli held for third; next in line was closer Deadliest Catch and Deweycolorintheline. Spider Blue Chip won in 1:53.3
The "Spider," trained by Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester, joined the Millionaire's Club with the victory, the McLain Ward-bred upping his career bankroll to $1,101,774. David McDuffee co-owns the winner with Melvin Hartman, who had himself a tremendous night, as he is the co-owner of both champion trotting filly Bee A Magician and Crown second-place finisher Struck By Lindy. About Spider Blue Chip, Hartman said, "I was worried a little bit about the sloppy track, but once he made the lead, I was pretty confident. He's just a quality horse."
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com