Big match-ups for Crown Saturday eliminations
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Breeders Crown eliminations for male pacers and trotters will be held Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, with harness racing's No. 1-ranked star, Fear The Dragon, leading the way.
Eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested Friday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) both nights.
A total of 166 horses entered this year's $6 million Breeders Crown. The finals for the female trotters and pacers will be held Friday, Oct. 27, and the finals for the male trotters and pacers are Saturday, Oct. 28, at Hoosier Park. All of the events for male pacers and trotters require eliminations.
There are two eliminations for each the $526,250 Breeders Crown Open Trot, $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals on Oct. 28.
There are three eliminations for both the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest seasonal earnings advance to their respective finals.
Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, both from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, are among the 17 entries for the 3-year-old male pacers. Fear The Dragon is the sport's leading money-winner this year, with $1.26 million, while Downbytheseaside is second, with $1.07 million.
For the year, Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 15 races and finished worse than second only once. Downbytheseaside, last year's runner-up to recently retired Huntsville in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers, has won nine of 16 starts this season.
The group also includes Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover and New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles, who was supplemented to the event for $62,500.
Nineteen horses were entered in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, including Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial champion Devious Man, Goodtimes winner International Moni, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Long Tom.
International Moni was a supplemental entry.
Hannelore Hanover, who won last year's Mare Trot, was among 13 horses entered in this year's Open Trot against the boys. She will try to become the first female winner of the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The only other mare to win the Open Trot was CR Kay Suzie in 1996.
The group also includes Harry Harvey Trot winner Crazy Wow, Yonkers International Trot runner-up Marion Marauder, 2014 Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Pinkman, and supplemental entry Homicide Hunter.
Another 2014 Crown winner, McWicked, is among the 12 horses entered in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. The field also features stakes-winners All Bets Off, Check Six, Dealt A Winner, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, and Sintra, who was supplemented to the event.
Metro Pace winner Lost In Time is among the 19 participants in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. Lost In Time, the leading money-winning pacer among all 2-year-olds, has won three of five races and finished second in the remaining two while earning $375,555.
Stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, the Metro runner-up, also is in the field along with Closing Statement, who won the Elevation Stakes at Hoosier Park, and Ontario Sire Stakes champion Western Passage.
The 13 horses in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper, who brings a five-race win streak to his elimination, and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Hat Trick Habit.
Following are the fields for Saturday's eliminations with named drivers and trainers.
$20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1
$20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2
$20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 3
$25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 1
$25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 2
$25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 1
$25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 2
$25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1
$25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2
$25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 3
$20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1
$20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2
$25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1
$25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2