It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! Where else can we see 12 great championship finals and what a top notch card is in store for racing fans Saturday! Right now I stand at picking horses in 160 races with 67 winners. I went five for eight last week and because only the chalk came in I actually lost $0.30 cents (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$22.70 going into this weekend and we will bring that number down some more.
We are going game in trying to select the winner in all 12 Breeders Crown races. Of course there will be some chalk play but I also picked some long shots. Watch for the weather because that can have a big influence. If it rains then horses on the lead will have it rough but if no rain then the track favors front end speed.
$500,000 2YO Colt Trot Final
3rd race – Will he cut the mile or get a two-hole trip. That is the Father Patrick question. Either way this superb son of Cantab Hall has shown the ability to win from just about any situation. He will be chalk but the key for me is picking the winner of the race. Should be the start of a great night of racing for the Jimmy Takter Stable.
$500,000 2YO Filly Pace Final
4th race – Last week Allstar Rating was given a perfect drive by Yannick and they defeated Precocious Beauty in a photo. Can they repeat that effort? I don’t think so. Even from the outside in post eight, I can see Doug McNair sending Precocious Beauty to the front and not have to look back. She is the class of the field and should rebound off last week’s loss.
$500,000 2YO Filly Trot Final
5th race – It is just about a given fact that Cooler Schooner will cut the mile in here. If the track is sloppy she will tire and fade late. But if the track is fast she should be able to wire the field again. This is her favorite track and even if she gives live cover she can still hold on at the finish.
$600,000 Open Trot Final
6th race – Toughest race for me to pick in out of the 12 finals. Intimidate is on his mark and puts his six race win streak on the line in here. Ron Pierce was overheard saying he can’t wait to drive him in the BC final. But the ‘iron horse’ Arch Madness has come alive as of late and has beaten most of these his last two starts impressively. I think Arch Madness, despite his post will be flying on the outside late to win again at a price.
$500,000 3YO Filly Pace Final
7th race – Here is a race I don’t want to miss. Shebestingin is razor sharp last two starts and if she minds her manners she is a force to be reckoned with. But I Luv The Nitelife has had the force with her nearly all season long and has beaten Shebestingin a few times already. Even if Shebestingin is at her best I don’t think she can beat I Luv the Nitelife.
$500,000 2YO Colt Pace Final
8th race – Time to go with a long shot. While Somestarsomewhere and Luck Be Withyou will be the bet favorites I think the action up front early on with be too intense and that someone will come on late to steal the Championship. That someone is Melmerby Beach. Early on this colt showed great speed, is lightly raced, closed well in his elimination race and could be primed for a big upset in here. The long shot exacta would be to use him with Some Major Beach.
$250,000 Mares Open Trot Final
9th race – All season long Maven has battled with the best mares in the country and has beaten them almost every start. Last week it was a world record 1:51.4 by open lengths. Provided she does not get into any road trouble she is primed to wear a Breeders Crown (tiara) after this race.
$300,000 Mares Open Pace Final
10th race – Five of the nine horses in this race are million dollar plus winners but only one has $2.5 million in earnings. Anndrovette is the class of the field, Horse of the Year, Breeders Crown prior winner and has had more good races than bad ones this season. Feeling You may have beaten her at Pocono Downs two starts back but after last week’s 1:49.1 triumph in her elimination division, Anndrovette is in the perfect spot to wear the Crown again.
$500,000 3YO Filly Trot Final
11th race – You cannot go against perfection and undefeated Bee A Magician is as close to equine perfection as you can get this year in harness racing. She is 14 for 14 and still going strong having raced most of the season. Bee A Magician is actually facing a few fillies she has not raced against this year but that should not matter. Once she gets clearance and makes her move to the lead no one should be able to catch her.
$500,000 3YO Colt Pace Final
12th race – He may not win by the length of the track and has had too many close calls this year but Captaintreacherous has been remarkable. Vegas Vacation has looked him in the eye the last two starts but could not get by. Others have tried to no avail and thus “the Captain” should be able to avenge his loss last year in the Breeders Crown with a major triumph. Time is irrelevant as this horse has but one desire, winning.
$500,000 3YO Colt Trot Final
13th race – I was very disappointed that Royalty For Life seemed dull last week and nearly did not make it to the final. But he has been known to throw in a clunker or two this season and thus with drawing the rail I think he will rebound big time. He has had a fairy book season with wins in the Hambo, Canadian Trotting Classic, the Zweig and more. He has never lost three straight races and thus should return to his winning ways.
$500,000 Open Pace Final
14th race – Saving what should be the best of the Crown races for last. All season long these great older horses have been going head and head and no one horse has yet to win three straight major stakes. After last week’s monster effort by the “old man” Foiled Again, I have to go with him to repeat in the final. Ron Burke has raced him all season long with great success and last week he showed us all that even at age 9 he can still tough it out against the best.