Tactical Landing, Six Pack take Crown elims
October 20, 2018
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Favored Tactical Landing with Brian Sears in the sulky kicked off Saturday night Breeders Crown elimination action from Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning the first $25,000 Crown elimination for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52. Kentucky Futurity champion Six Pack won the second elim by open lengths.
Sears moved a Tactical Landing from well back at the three-eighths, battling leader Met’s Hall for most of the mile before pulling away at the top of the stretch to win by five lengths. Met’s Hall finished second, with Jula Downtown third and Evaluate fourth. Those four all advance to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final next Saturday. Gemologist was fifth and could advance as a wild card pending the second elimination’s results.
Lawmaker battled Met’s Hall for the early lead, taking the field to the quarter in :26.4, but Met’s Hall and Andy Miller were immediately on the move, taking control as the field headed to the half-mile mark, which was reached in :55 flat. Met’s Hall continued to lead the field past three-quarters, but he was feeling pressure from Tactical Landing, who easily took his measure late. Tactical Landing paid $3.60 to win.
Tactical Landing, an $800,000 yearling purchase, is a son of Muscle Hill from the Varenne mare Southwind Serena, a Breeders Crown champion of 2007. He is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Tactical Landing Stable of Perrysburg, Ohio. The win is his seventh seasonal starts and pushes his 2018 bankroll to $392,800. Earlier this season he won the Bluegrass Stakes and eliminations of the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity.
Favored Six Pack won the second $25,000 elimination, in line to trainer/drive Ake Svanstedt. The 1-5 betting favorite took the lead two steps out of the gate and took one more step toward divisional honors. Six Pack posted fractions of :28, :57.1:25.1 and 1:53.3 over the sloppy surface to post a tight, but comfortable victory over fast closing Fiftydallarbill and Run Director, who were the only horses to make headway in the cover flow.
Second Choice Crystal Fashion finished fourth from far back to qualify for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final next week and fifth-place finisher Wolfgang also advances to the final by virtue of having higher 2018 earnings than first heat's fifth-place finisher, Gemologist.
World Champion Six Pack won for the 10th time in 13 seasonal starts. He has earned over $970,000 this year and nearly $1,170,000 in his career. A son of Muscle Mass from the Cantab Hall mare Pleasing Lady, Six Pack was bred by the Brittany Farms of Kentucky and is owned Ake Svanstedt Inc., of New Jersey The Little E Llc of New York, New York, Stall Kalmar of Sweden and Lars Berg of Delaware.