10/21/2015 10:29AM

Breeders Crown: Elliott has a handful of chances Saturday

Derick Giwner
Talk Show will try to pull off a big upset for trainer Steve Elliott in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing championship.

He is right smack in the middle of moving his entire operation from Showplace Farm, where he has been a fixture since that facility opened its doors, but despite that drama Steve Elliott is anxiously awaiting what transpires on October 24 north of the border.

“We brought seven up and got five of them in,” he said. “Of course you want all seven to go, but I’m pleased with and lucky to have the five and looking forward to their races this weekend. With the wind and the weather up there it was tough to come from behind (last weekend). That was what happened with Doo Wop Hanover. He had too much ground to make up and I thought Stacia Hanover raced exceptionally well to even make the final when the same thing happened to her. We don’t have some of the greatest post positions but that is just how things go. Besides you can’t win it if you are not in it.”

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When discussing Rockeyed Optimist and Doo Wop Hanover early in the summer, Elliott, who already possesses seven Breeders Crown trophies, was quick to mention he had some mighty promising 2-year-olds in his shedrow. Two of the colts he was high on, Talk Show and Boston Red Rocks, will compete in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace at Woodbine, race seven on the 13-race card.

“Talk Show is crazy fast,” Elliott said. “He might be one of the fastest horses I’ve ever trained if not the fastest, but he has no manners. He wants to go full steam ahead all the time. Over the winter our job is teach him how to behave because that’s the only way he’ll ever make a really nice horse. In fact, I told Timmy (Tetrick) he had his pick of the two and he went with Boston Red Rocks. He said, ‘That horse is fast but the other one has much better manners.’

“I’ve always liked Boston Red Rocks,” he continued. “I love his pedigree with the McArdle on the bottom, as you don’t see that too often and I told Peter Blood this is going to be one serious 3-year-old. He got sick earlier in the year and I thought he was over it and brought him back, but he wasn’t. So we have kind of taken it easy on him, but I was very pleased with his mile last week at Woodbine and have high hopes for him next year.”

After a huge mile where he was second behind Freaky Feet Pete in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace eliminations, Artistic Major may be a name not many people recognize in the sport’s glamour division, but Elliott has a mountain of faith in the son of Art Major and the Western Hanover mare Western Dancer that he owns in conjunction with David Van Dusen, Michael Cigmalio and Gunjan Patel.

“He is a very, very nice horse,” Elliott said of Artistic Major, who starts in race nine, a $531,250 final. “We took it easy on him last year and raced him in the Excelsior Series last year so we would have a great 3-year-old. So far the plan with him has worked and I expect big things from him.”

Stacia Hanover and Classic Martine are two more horses that bear some significant attention in the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Pace and the $250,000 Open Mare Trot, races four and one respectively.

“Stacia can pace with any of them as long as she has the right trip and it’s under the right circumstances,” Elliott said. “You can just toss out what happened in Pennsylvania (Oct. 9), as the same thing happened to me with Ms Caila J Fra there. Both horses race with four aluminum shoes and when the skies opened up and a deluge came down their feet were just sticking in the mud. They could not move a step. Stacia was fifth in the final but paced her heart out to get there because she was so far back.”

When he speaks of World, Dan Patch and O’Brien champion Classic Martine, Elliott’s voice brims with admiration and respect for the daughter of Classic Photo and Drinking Days.

“She is just a magnificent animal,” Elliott said. “She came to our barn around July and Chris Oakes did a tremendous job with her. She just does everything perfectly on the track, but around the barn she can be tough. You have to remind her to mind her manners. She is not mean, but she will pin her ears and go at you to try to show you who is the boss, but if you don’t allow her to intimidate you she is good as can be. We took the cheater hood off her, but then put it back on for the elimination and Timmy (Tetrick) said when he came back with her she was back to her old self. I am looking forward to see how she does Saturday night.”

The Breeders Crown card at Woodbine gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and features 12 championship races.

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