Coffeecake Hanover at 10-1 made the most of a pocket trip to capture the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old trotting fillies.
Driver Matt Kakaley left the gate strongly with Coffeecake Hanover before yielding to Kentucky Futurity Filly division winner To Dream On near the quarter. To Dream On, the defending Breeders Crown champion in this division hit the quarter in :26 3/5 with driver Jimmy Takter guiding her. To Dream On kept up a hot clip hitting the half in :54 1/5 before any movement began from trailing horses.
Coffeecake Hanover sat behind the winner tightly and was in need of room as 3-5 favorite Frau Blucher marched up without cover under the handling of Ron Pierce. By the three quarter pole To Dream On was out of gas. Though she stopped the teletimer in 1:23 she couldn’t hold off Frau Blucher or the rest of the compact field.
Frau Blucher took control in the stretch and Kakaley deftly angled out from behind the tiring pacesetter late on the final turn. Coffeecake Hanover was able to wedge free in early stretch rolled by Frau Blucher to score in 1:52 4/5, a personal best for the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Cantab Hall.
Burke captured the first two Crown eliminations on Saturday night with owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M. Yanek all doubling up as well. K. Pippi also owns Coffeecake Hanover a winner for the third time in 14 starts as a sophomore. She returned $23 to win.
Coffeecake Hanover finished a length in front of Frau Blucher with Thistle Dhu and Royal Assets assured positions in the final.
"I was concerned that we were not going to be able to get out on the final turn. I was very glad to see her clear,” said winning trainer Ron Burke following the race.
Driver Matt Kakaley echoed those sentiments. "I just wanted to get her in position, push her off the gate and get away close. When I was sitting there, Jimmy was just rolling along and in the last turn I was a little bit worried about getting out, but I just kind of weaseled my way out a little bit. It worked out. She was really good.
"If she gets a trip like she got tonight and think we’ve got a shot at some good money. Obviously, you’ve got a couple other fillies that are going to be getting a little more respect than her, but I think she proved herself tonight. She can leave quick and she can put herself in the right spot,” said Kakaley.
Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears in the bike, continued to dominate her division with an easy win in the second 3-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs on Oct.12. The stupendous daughter of Kadabra-Beehive went to victory in 1:52.4.
An early duel took place between Shared Past and Southwind Cocoa, both wanting the lead off the gate, while Bee A Magician trotted along smoothly in third. Once Shared Past took the lead, Bee A Magician pulled out and took over just after a 27.1 quarter, taking the and took the field to a 56.3 half.
They chased as well as they could into a 125.1 three-quarters as Brian Sears sat confidently behind Bee A Magician. Shared Past went into a break and bothered Southwind Cocoa, those two circled by Ma Chere Hall.
Bee A Magician needed no urging to dismiss a closing Ma Chere Hall, who could do no better than follow the top filly home.
Time To Kill got third and Handover Belle took the fourth spot.
Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee own Bee A Magician, trained by R. Nifty Norman. She is undefeated this season. White Birch Farm bred her.
"She’s real professional and very handy and pretty much did it on her own,” said driver Sears. "She knows what we’re trying to accomplish out there and makes my job pretty easy. She’s been good every time I’ve sat behind her so I’ve got no complaints.”