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Bar Hopping, Broadway Donna win BC 3YO trots

October 29, 2016
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The duo of Tim Tetrick and Jimmy Takter has done it again. Bar Hopping (pictured) the 4-5 favorite, kicked off cover and won by 1 1/2 lengths to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday at the Meadowlands.
 
Split times were :28.3, :56.2 and 1:24.1, with the mile time of 1:51.4 equaling the stakes record of Father Patrick, established in 2014 (also trained by Takter).
 
It was Bar Hopping's sixth win in his last seven races, and the 30th career Breeders Crown victory posted by Takter. Bar Hopping, who won $250,000 for his efforts, paid $3.80. He is owned by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Bar Hopping now has lifetime earnings of $1,163,033.
 
"I felt really good (going into the race)," said Tetrick. "Last week he raced really well; we opened him up a little bit and he trotted a big mile. Today, off cover, he really responded well."
 
"My horse has raced against (Southwind Frank and Marion Marauder) all year, and a couple of times he drew bad and could never get into the race when they raced hard, but we still got checks," continued Tetrick, who captured his third Crown win of the weekend with the son of Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour. "Those are great horses that he has beaten and my horse is right there with them."

Southwind Frank, driven by Yannick Gingras, finished second. Double L Lindy, driven by Åke Svanstedt, finished third and Lagerfeld, who dueled with Sutton at the top of the stretch, finished fourth.

"They're all very special to me. Any time you win one of those big trophies, they are very, very hard to get," Tetrick concluded. "That's why we (start) qualifying in May and we work so hard to get to those big races. It's very, very special."

Marion Marauder, the most recent Trotting Triple Crown winner, finished last of the ten.

"He just wasn't up to par," said trainer Paula Wellwood. "There's no doubt that he's sick. I think he's probably got a viral infection. It's one of those things. That's horse racing. You take the good with the bad. I knew when he got out there that he wasn't himself. Going to the half, you could really see it. He's done for the year. He deserves a little R&R."


Broadway Donna and David Miller continued to sail through the division by earning an easy win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.1.

The Jim Campbell-trained daughter of Donato Hanover out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, didn't make her move until mid-race and was never urged to coast down the stretch and win.

Emoticon Hanover and Fad Finance left quickly from the gate with the former getting the top to cut tepid :28 first panel. Caprice Hill stalked those two in third until All The Time pulled to first-over as the field went to a half in :56.3. All The Time got the best of Emoticon Hanover to take the lead and that's when Broadway Donna began to stride rapidly on the outside.

Earn Your Wings picked up live cover but Broadway Donna was in full flight at three-quarters in 1:25.3, wearing down All The Time, who held for third, while Emoticon Hanover shook loose to get second.

Owned by Fashion Farms LLC, Broadway Donna won the Breeders Crown final after a victory in her elimination, coming off a straight-heat score in the Kentucky Filly Futurity to register her seventh win in a dozen starts as a 3-year-old.

Broadway Donna paid $3.60 to win.

"I was hoping to get away somewhere in the middle and come with cover," said Miller, "but, right off the gate nobody from the inside was even pushing off, so I had to do something. I got around, and when Yannick (on All The Time) was moving back, I (knew) I was going to be first over. She really has (gotten better through the season). She's way sharper now than she was half-way through the summer, and that's always a good thing."

"(Jules Siegel and I) are both very happy," remarked Campbell. "From Mr. Siegel's point of view, he bred her, and to have a filly like this and put her over one-million dollars lifetime (is incredible). When you breed one and race one that does that for you, you're supposed to be happy. Jules is always extra proud of his homebreds." (Breeders Crown)


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