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Break The Bank cashes in CTC elim

September 11, 2010

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As he looks ahead to next weekend’s $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack, conditioner Trond Smedshammer can be forgiven if he is hoping for rain. On Saturday night, he watched his pupil, Break The Bank K win for the second consecutive week over a sloppy Campbellville oval as he easily captured the single $40,000 elimination for this year’s event for driver Brian Sears.
The outside post 10 was no obstacle for the 3-year-old son of Revenue S–American Misty who left well and was able to drop into fourth position through the first quarter of :28. Meanwhile, race favorite Temple Of Doom, who was coming off a world-record effort in his prior start at Tioga Downs, struggled to clear for driver David Miller and didn’t get down to the pylons until the field had almost reached the halfway point.
As the field trotted towards the final turn, Sears brought Break The Bank K to the outside and the pair advanced methodically through three-quarters of 1:27.1. The top pair were on even terms turning for
home, but as they straightened up in the stretch, Break The Bank K found another gear and easily trotted away from his rivals to stop the clock in 1:56.
Temple Of Doom began to weaken in second and was picked up for the place spot by Take My Picture. Temple Of Doom did narrowly hold third over an onrushing Hes A Demon. The winner returned $8.50 as the second choice in the wagering.
“I was a little careful with him leaving and wanted to keep him trotting,” said Sears. “The horse acted fine and was good gaited and responded when I called on him. He doesn’t seem to mind first over. His attitude is getting better and he’s trying harder for me. He was pretty much on his own tonight.”
The victory was the third overall and second straight for Break The Bank K who won a division of the Simcoe Stakes last week at Mohawk by 13 1/2 lengths under similar conditions. The win vaulted him over $172,000 in earnings this season for owner Robert Key of Leechburg, Pa.
By virtue of the win, the connections of Break The Bank K got to choose their post for next Saturday’s lucrative final and they opted for post four. The top eight finishers will join Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky, who accepted byes, in the $1 million contest.
Here’s a look at the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic in post position order:
1 Lucky Chucky
2 Temple Of Doom
3 Coco Lindy
4 Break The Bank K
5 Muscle Massive
6 Hard Livin
7 Text Me
8 Pilgrims Taj
9 Take My Picture
10 He's A Demon
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