Illinois champion Fox Valley Topaz came from last at the head of the stretch and edged Twist N Clout at the wire to win the $700,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace in 1:52.4. Racing Star was third.
Twist N Clout and John Campbell took the field to the quarter in :28.3, then yielded to Break The News and Jody Jamieson who led past the half in :56.1 and the three quarters in 1:24.3. But midway through the stretch a cavalry charged developed swallowing up the leader.
The biggest charge came from Fox Valley Topaz and David Miller. Last at the head of the stretch they were six wide down the lane, edging Twist N Clout, who found room up the pylons to be second.
“I didn’t think I was close enough to win, to tell you the truth,” said Miller. “She’s got a big kick. Last week she came off cover and flew home (in :25.4 to be fourth to Hawaiian Drink in an elimination), and the same thing again tonight.”
A daughter of Sportsmaster, Fox Valley Topaz scored her 10 victory in 15 starts for the Engel and Rucker Stables. Trainer Ken Rucker scored with his first Breeders Crown horse. The filly has $628,880 in earnings this year.