11/14/2014 11:57PM

Breeders Crown: JK She'salady still perfect after elimination win

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JK She'salady is now perfect in 11 career starts.

J K She’salady put in a powerful first-over mile capturing one of two eliminations to the Breeders Crown for juvenile fillies on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The victory, her 11th straight and first for new driver Tim Tetrick, propelled her into next week’s final and perhaps Horse of the Year honors.

A daughter of Art Major, J K She’salady was patiently handled early as Bettor N Better, Bettor Be Steppin, and eventually second choice Sassa Hanover, exchanged the lead through a slick :26 3/5 opening quarter. Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras controlled the pace with a :55 1/5 half and 1:23 4/5 three quarters, but J K She’salady advanced a long way without cover and by headstretch had moved on even terms with the pacesetter. When Tetrick called on the Nancy Johansson-trained homebred, she rolled by effortlessly to post a 1:51 1/5 mile.

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"There’s a reason she’s undefeated. She’s special,” said Tetrick following the race. “And we finished with the earplugs in.”

Sassa Hanover finished second with Bettor Be Steppin, Bettor N Better and Heavenly Bride advancing to the final.

Heart Major was placed first after Ideal Nuggets was disqualified in the second $25,000 Crown elimination for juvenile pacing fillies. Ron Pierce guided the Joe Pavia Jr.-trained daughter of Art Major on a wire-to-wire mission and was just overhauled late by Ideal Nuggets. Yet following the decision it was revealed that Ideal Nuggets bore into Well Hello There in early stretch causing that one to break stride.

The revised order put Divine Caroline second with Happy Becky third and Southwind Roulette fourth. Original fifth-place finisher Happiness was also disqualified for racing inside the pylons much of the late stretch. The double disqualifications earned Well Hello There a place in the final.

It was Heart Major’s fifth win of the season in just eight tries.

Supplemental entry Color’s A Virgin did what she does best, going overland to capture her Crown elimination for three-year-old pacing fillies. A daughter of Always A Virgin, Color’s A Virgin scored in 1:51, a career best for trainer Brian Brown. The 4-5 favorite was handled by Trace Tetrick. She defeated Precocious Beauty, with Allstar Rating, Uffizi Hanover and Beach Story advancing to the final.

“She raced great like she has all summer,” said Tetrick following the victory.

Gallie Bythe Beach pulled a 9-1 upset in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for sophomore pacing fillies. The daughter of Crown champion Galleria converted a second over trip for Tim Tetrick. It was just the third win of the year for the Jim Campbell-trained lass as she defeated Major Dancer. Beach Gal, Gettingreadytoroll and Sayitall BB also qualified for the final.

Mission Brief made no mistakes and cruised in her $25,000 Crown elimination for juvenile trotting fillies. The daughter of Muscle Hill scored in 1:54 2/5, leading Danielle Hall, Smexi, Lilu Hanover and Hot Start into the final.

“As long as she trots no one is going to touch her,” said Yannick Gingras, her winning driver.

Gingras swept the Crown juvenile filly trot eliminations with Wild Honey in 1:55 2/5. The daughter of Cantab Hall captured her 10th straight race of the year in just 11 starts for trainer Jimmy Takter. Wild Honey defeated Livininthefastlane and Wiclet Hanover. The 1-5 favorite made a move past the half for the front and never looked back.

Stubborn Belle rallied late for fourth and Love Me Madly round out the qualifiers for next weeks final.

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