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Eaton Road Kill in Crown

July 19, 2004

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Eaton Road Kill, fresh from a 1:48.4 mile last Saturday (July 17) at the Meadowlands, was supplemented to the $552,500 Breeders Crown Pace by owner Gregg Pistochini of California. The $62,500 fee, less the starting fee of $10,000, is added directly to the purse. The 6-year-old gelding is the only supplement to the $1.9 million open events.

"Eaton Road Kill has earned the right to race against the best horse in the world right now, Four Starzzzz Shark, " said Pistochini. "We, (trainer) Mark Harder and (driver) Dan Dube believe we are going in needing a couple of things to break our way, but we believe we have a chance. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and Eaton Road Kill has earned the right to represent the stable on Breeders Crown night."

Eaton Road Kill is trained by the red-hot Mark Harder, vying for his first Meadowlands training title. A Harder trainee, Holborn Hanover, recently upset in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace at 58-1.

"This horse has shown us he has the talent to pace fast enough to get the job done," continued Pistochini. "The mile he went two weeks ago (a lifetime best 1:48) was what solidified the decision for us. And Saturday night was a very impressive mile, he was well within himself at the wire."

Eaton Road Kill, a son of Cambest, is a winner of $366,568 this year with a record of 20-12-4-1. Pistochini is not new to the supplement route, as he was part of the ownership that supplemented eventual winner Ron's Girl to the 2000 Mare Pace. The only supplement to win the Crown Open Pace is Red Bow Tie, a back-to-back winner in 1998 and 1999.

Entries for eligible pacers and trotters to the Breeders Crown events are due Tuesday, July 20, by 9:00 a.m. at the Meadowlands race office. Eliminations, if necessary, will be raced Saturday, July 24. The Breeders Crown conditions do not allow more than one trailer on a mile track, so if more than 11 horses but less than 15 enter each event, a single elimination will be raced, with byes to the final given to the highest money earners in 2004. If 15 or more enter, two eliminations will be required.

The $800,000 Breeders Crown Trot, $552,500 Breeders Crown Pace, $300,000 Mare Pace and the newly returned $250,000 Mare Trot will kick off the Hambletonian Festival at the Meadowlands.
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