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Pierce expects Crown brawl

November 24, 2003

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No Pan Intended has been installed the 6-5 morning-line choice in Saturday's (Nov. 29) $542,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, but don't expect his nine rivals to lay over and play dead. In fact, Ron Pierce, who drives 7-2 second choice Pronger, says he believes "the race will be like a bar fight.

"With the right kind of trip I don't know we can't go by (No Pan Intended)," added Pierce at the Breeders Crown press conference and draw held at the Meadowlands Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25.

No Pan Intended and Pronger each won their respective Crown elimination, and given first choice to pick a post position, Pronger's trainer-owner Ben Wallace, who paid a $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the colt, chose post three. Immediately afterward, No Pan Intended's owner Bob Glazer announced he was taking post two. For No Pan Intended, who has won 16 of 20 starts and swept pacing's Triple Crown, a Horse of the Year title is likely on the line in the Crown final.

"Everybody stood up and took notice of him (after winning the Dancer Memorial at Freehold Nov. 15)," said driver David Miller, admitting that the sophomore colt may not have gotten his due respect until that contest where he won despite having to go three wide twice during the mile.

$542,500 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace

HN PP Horse (Driver) Morning Line

1 4 The Globe (Brian Sears) 8-1

1A 10 Allamerican Native (George Brennan) 8-1

2 1 Make It Brief (Mike Lachance) 15-1

3 2 No Pan Intended (David Miller) 6-5

4 3 Pronger (Ron Pierce) 7-2

5 5 Escape The Wind (Roger Mayotte) 5-1

6 6 Yankee Cruiser (Andy Miller) 12-1

7 7 Allamerican Captor (Luc Ouellette) 10-1

8 8 Articulator (TBA) 15-1

9 9 Art's Chip (Mark Evers) 20-1
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