10/29/2016 10:05PM

Breeders Crown: Call Me Queen Be surprises big names in 3-Year-Old Filly Pace

Nikki Sherman
Call Me Queen Be had a big group waiting for her in the winner's circle

Driver Scott Zeron finished up the track with Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder, but that did not keep him down for long as the youthful reinsman shocked in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for sophomore filly pacers with 12-1 shot Call Me Queen Be in 1:49 4/5.

Zeron left well with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere but settled in on the first turn as Pure Country, the 4-5 favorite, pressed for the early lead in 27 2/5. With Pure Country on the lead, Jugette winner L A Delight and John Campbell made a purposeful second move to the front before the 55 2/5 opening half.

The race appeared to be setting up perfectly for Darlinonthebeach as the world-class filly was able to flush out Call Me Queen Be before the half and tail behind the live cover of that Ross Croghan-trained filly.  As the field swung through the final turn, it was in fact Call Me Queen Be and L A Delight locking up in a cut throat battle as Pure Country searched for room and Darlinonthebeach gapped her cover ever so slightly  through the rated 1:23 4/5 three-quarters.

In the stretch it was the best duel of the night, if the not one players had expected, as the veteran Hall of Famer Campbell went to work on L A Delight on the inside and the 27-year-old Zeron attacked with Call Me Queen Be on the outside. The pair matched strides through the 26 second flat final quarter with Call Me Queen Be, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, edging by in the final strides.  L A Delight finished second, with Darlinonthebeach third. Pure Country did in fact find racing room but lost ground in the stretch to finish fourth, with Penpal earning the final check.

The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final upsetter of the same three fillies she defeated in the Crown, Call Me Queen Be returned $27.80 for the victory while winning for the sixth time this season.  Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham share ownership in Call Me Queen Be.

"I'm happy she was on her game tonight," said Zeron, who had previously driven the filly on the front-end in many of her earlier starts. "I'm happy to break the ice in the Breeders Crown I was O-fer for a lot of races."

With the victory Call Me Queen Be went over the $1 million mark in career earnings and gave Ross Croghan his first Breeders Crown champion, snapping an 0-for-31 mark.