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Big Jim tops record-setting Final Four

November 06, 2010

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Woodbine Racetrack presented the Fall Four Stakes worth more than $2.2 million featuring North America's top 2 year olds on Saturday night, with Big Jim, Crys Dream, Idyllic and Blue Porsche winning their respective rich finals.
Big Jim became North America's fastest 2-year-old pacer in history with a world-record effort of 1:49.1 in the $709,000 Governors Cup final. Phil Hudon gave the Western Ideal colt another fine steer as he scored the victory over Shadyshark Hanover and Fashion Delight for trainer James “Friday” Dean and owner Jim Carr.
After winning the $600,000 Breeders Crown final in his most recent start, Big Jim cleared to the lead from post nine before the opening quarter in :26.4. Fashion Delight (Dave Miller) was looking for the
lead as the field headed towards the half and overtook command from Big Jim before the half in :55.1.
Shadyshark Hanover, who was positioned sixth, used a massive burst of speed down the back side and was looking to cross over and take command as the field headed towards three-quarters. Miller and Fashion Delight elected to leave Shadyshark Hanover on the outside as the pair were necks apart with Big Jim in the two hole.
Fashion Delight and Shadyshark Hanover were toe-to-toe at thee-quarters in 1:22 but as the field turned for home, Big Jim angled to the outside and used a :26.4 final quarter to win over Shadyshark Hanover with Fashion Delight third.
“I knew I had the right horse, but I was worried about the post, but it all worked out pretty good,” Hudon said. “I was really happy when I saw Dave (Miller with Fashion Delight) make Jody (Jamieson with
Shadyshark Hanover) work for it then I snuck around him on the last turn. I couldn’t have worked out any better.”
Hudon asked Big Jim for some pace in the lane, knowing a record mark might be attainable. “I knew he could go a big, big mile. He did it pretty handy many times, so I didn’t chase him. Today, I thought he
deserved a record so we went for it.”
Carr reflected on Big Jim’s terrific season. “It’s been great year. It’s been a great ride. He’s done everything we ever expected on him. He’s just a great horse. (Also, Phil’s) done an excellent job all year.”
Big Jim, who collected his six win in 10 starts this year, paid $5.70 to win.
Crys Dream lowered her Woodbine Racetrack track record from last weeks elimination and set a stakes record capturing tonight's $502,000 Goldsmith Maid final for 2-year-old trotting fillies.
Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) exploded to the front from post ten and took command of the lead before the first turn. Crys Dream (Luc Ouellette) settled in third from post four but was quickly on the move and overtook the lead from Cedar Dove past the opening panel in :27.1.
LA Freeway (Paul MacDonell) was unable to find position from post nine and was hung on the outside as Crys Dream led her rivals past the half in :56.2. Around the final turn Crys Dream was still in command but LA Freeway was stalking on the outside with Cedar Dove enjoying a pocket trip as three-quarters flashed up in 1:26.2.
As the field turned for home, Crys Dream was able to put away LA Freeway but just as that occurred Cedar Dove popped out of the pocket and was upset minded. Late in the mile, Cedar Dove could not reach Crys Dream as the daughter of Taurus Dream stopped the timer in 1:54.3. Cedar Dove stayed for second over L A Freeway.The mile time was just one-fifth of a second off the Canadian record set by Snow White.
Crys Dream increased her freshman earnings to $596,065 for trainer Henrik Holsten and owner Reve Avec Moi Dreamwithme, Deo Volente Farm and TLP Stable. She now has won seven of eight races including the Peaceful Way. She paid $2.70 as the heavy favorite.
"She is the best 2-year-old filly I have ever sat behind and she could be one of the of all time," Ouellette commented following the victory. This filly is extremely powerful. She's really handy and smart and
that's what makes a great horse.
"I was not concerned coming down the stretch. I was more concerned when I moved her to the front and seen the half in :56.3, that was more than what I would of liked to seen but I got a breather. I knew my filly would not get out sprinted down the stretch."
Idyllic got the best of her stablemate and chief rival, equaling the track record in the process, to win the $501,000 Three Diamonds Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies.
Dave Miller drove the American Ideal filly to a gate-to-wire score over Strike An Attitude in 1:51 for trainer Casie Coleman and partners Michael La Cova, Jossph La Cova and John Campagnuolo.
Miller and Idyllic took command early with stablemate Pretty Katherine positioned second and Strike An Attitude (John Campbell) third at the quarter in :27. The field would remain the same as Idyllic posted
middle-half speed of :56.1 and 1:24.
Around the final turn, Campbell angled Strike An Attitude to the outside and the pair were strides apart at the top of the stretch. Miller asked Idyllic for more pace and she responded stopping the clock in 1:51 over Strike An Attitude. After failing to find racing room, Pretty Katherine had to settle for third.
"She was pretty fresh the whole time scoring behind the gate," Miller said. "We weren't going much (off the gate), so I went ahead and moved early. She felt strong the whole way. The last turn I was starting to let her pace. I was still worried about the seven horse (Strike An Attitude). At the top of the stretch, I asked her and she dug in the whole way through the stretch."
Idyllic, who won the Eternal Camnation, Shes A Great Lady and Champlain Stakes earlier this year, collected her eight victory of the season and lifted her freshman earnings to $805,829. She paid $7.10 win.
After setting a Woodbine track record in last week's elimination, the Blair Burgess trainee, Blue Porsche lowered his own track record capturing the $539,000 Valley Victory final in 1:54.1.
Whiskey Tax used post one to his advantage as he took command of the lead but The Evictor finally took over command just past the quarter in :27.3. Post time favorite Blue Porsche was still on the outside with Luckycharm Hanover behind him and also on the outside.
Blue Porsche finally cleared to the lead before the half in :57.1. Luckycharm Hanover was now first-over with Pastor Stephen tracking him. Blue Porsche and Luckycharm Hanover were strides apart at three-quarters in 1:25.4. Down the stretch, Blue Porsche dug in to rebuff all challenges and took the win by a length over Pastor Stephen and Luckycharm Hanover.
It was the fifth win in nine starts for the son of Glidemaster who pushed his freshman earnings to $355,661. The colt is co-owned by Robert Burgess and Karin Olsson Burgess.
Also on the card, the American invader, Foiled Again, made the most of his trip to Canada scoring in the $100,000 Gold Cup Invitational stopping the clock in a blistering 1:48.3.
Mr. Saratoga (Rick Zeron) blasted to the lead before the first turn but elected to allow Lucky Man (Mark MacDonald) clear to the front at the quarter in a hot :25.2. MacDonald was still on the accelerator taking his rivals past the half in a quick :53.3 with Foiled Again angling to the outside and Mr Saratoga enjoying a two-hole trip.
Lucky Man and Foiled Again were strides apart past three-quarters in 1:21.4. Down the stretch, Lucky Man could not fend off Foiled Again as the son of Dragon Again scored the victory for trainer Ron Burke.
Atochia (Jody Jamieson) used a large final quarter to finish second while pace-setter Lucky Man was third.

Burke, along with partners Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables, own the 6-year-old son who posted his 42nd victory and increased his career earnings to $1,986,069. Foiled Again paid $6.90. (WEG)
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