Two sophomore trotting colts, Daylon Magician and Dejarmbro, and a surprise entry from mare trotter Frenchfrysnvinegar, were the only harness racing supplements to the Breeders Crown year-end championship races today at the Mohawk race office.
The $6 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Saturday, October 29, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.
With the three-year-old colt trot division still seeking a leader, Ontario sensationwas an expected supplement, despite his upset in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series final this past Saturday. ran up a seven-race streak prior to his runner-up position to Delcrest Julian, but owners Dave and Mary Lemon were willing to pony up the $62,500 supplemental fee to enter the Crown at their home track.
Purple Haze Stable'swill be looking to exact a measure of revenge on . Last year won his Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs, but broke stride as the favorite in the final. The race was won by , a Crown eligible colt looking to put the seal on a season that has seen victories in the Colonial Trot and Kentucky Futurity. The two colts most recently faced each other in the Futurity race-off, with emerging the best by three-quarters of a length. The supplements will boost the purse of the Breeders Crown three-year-old colt trot to $610,000.
Frenchfrysnvinegar, a six-year-old daughter ofwith $439,806 in earnings, was the only other supplement, paying $31,250 to race in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, now worth $276,250. Owner David Smith and trainer Jeff Gillis saw the move as a calculated gamble.
"Hopefully it's a wise move," said Gillis. "It's a big gamble but there's a lot involved here - prestige and the purse is part of it. She was racing earlier in the year against San Pail and the likes of them. She's no match for them but I think she can stay with the girls. It's our home track, and Woodbine is made for speed, which she can handle. If Buck I St Pat was on top form I wouldn't even consider it, but I figure in an eight horse field there is no bad post at Woodbine."
Regular entries for eligible trotters and pacers are due by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mohawk race office. There are no supplemental provisions for two-year-old races.
The finalists for the 12 Breeders Crown Finals will be determined through elimination races this Friday and Saturday night at Woodbine. Eliminations for all two-year-olds will be raced on Friday [post time 7:30 p.m.] and eliminations for all three-year-olds and up will be Saturday [post time 7:30 p.m.]. Elimination winners may pick their post position for the finals.
The $6 million divisional championships finals are scheduled for Saturday, October 29, at Woodbine Racetrack. Special post time is 6:30 p.m.