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Homicide Hunter gives Napolitano first Crown

01:24 PM 28 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Homicide Hunter winning the Breeders Crown Older Trot
Curtis Salonick photo

Homicide Hunter (George Napolitano Jr.) slipped up the passing lane to pass Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.3 on sloppy track.

Homicide Hunter is trained By Chris Oakes and owned by Crawford Farms Racing.

Top Flight Angel led off the gate and hit the first quarter in :27, followed by Homicide Hunter along the rail. Those two led the field to the :55.3 half and on to the 1:24 three-quarter marker. In sight of the finish line, Homicide Hunter, trailing the leader, angled to the inside passing lane and overtook Top Flight Angel to win by about a length.

It was the first Breeders Crown win for Napolitano.

"Wow. Words can't even explain it," he said. "It's unbelievable. I am so grateful. It's a pretty simple track to drive on, and I have the right people beside me." On if trainer Chris Oakes had any words for him before the race, Napolitano said, "Nothing. Chris didn't say a word. He knows I know this horse and I know the track. I usually win the four claimers, not the Breeders Crown."

Top Flight Angel was second and Warrawee Roo was third. The winner returned $10.20 to win, $5.20 to place, and $4.00 to show.

by Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown

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