11/21/2014 10:57PM

Breeders Crown: Mission Brief romps in stakes record time

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Nikki Sherman
Mission Brief shattered the stakes record by two seconds in her 1:51 4/5 Breeders Crown win.

Mission Brief is a star. That is the only impression you could come away with after the 2-year-old filly’s 1:51 4/5 Breeders Crown romp at the Meadowlands on Friday night.

Wiclet Hanover was fastest away from the gate ahead of Wild Honey, but the former made a break in the pocket. All the while, Mission Brief waited on the rim while methodically moving towards the top halfway between the 26 4/5 opening quarter and 55 3/5 half.

Once on the front, driver Yannick Gingras put Mission Brief in cruise control. They went a 28 3/5 third quarter and sprinted home in 27 3/5 to win by nearly five lengths.

Danielle Hall was second and Livininthefastlane third.

“There has never been a horse like her, I can tell you that,” said Gingras. “What she can do on the racetrack is just amazing.”

The Ron Burke trainee shattered the stakes record of 1:53 4/5 set by Shake It Cerry last year and trotted three-fifths of a second faster that “Cerry” in her Crown final one race later.

A winner of nine races in 13 lifetime starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, the thoughts of a possible shot against the boys in the Hambletonian and a winter of hope are in the future.

“We’ve been thinking about [next year], just trying to work with her mind a little bit,” said Gingras. “Tonight is the best she has ever been. I think I could have raced her out of a pocket or out of a hole, but tonight was not the night to try it. If she comes back next year and is a little more manageable, she is going to be unbelievable.”

Mission Brief returned $2.80 to win and has earned $591,070 in her career.

Classy Mare

Bee A Magician took advantage of a clear speed bias at the Meadowlands through the first seven races and wired the field in a stakes record 1:51 4/5 to capture the $250,000 Older Mare Trot.

The fractions were fast for Bee A Magician, with a 26 1/5 opening quarter as Mistery Woman was quick off the gate to vie for the lead. Driver Brian Sears refused to give way with Bee A Magician and Mistery Woman quickly took back into third.

Sears was able to back down the middle half to the tune of 58 1/5 despite facing third quarter pressure from the first-over Handover Belle. Meanwhile, Classic Martine appeared loaded with trot while sitting the pocket, but was never able to find clearance up the cones and settled for a head loss.

Shortly after crossing the wire the inquiry sign was posted to see if Bee A Magician closed off the inside path from Classic Martine, but the judges ruled that there was never enough room for the mare to advance.

Handover Belle finished third.

“She bore out a little, but I couldn’t give up the inside right away. That’s racing,” said Sears.

The victory was Bee A Magician’s fourth in 16 races this year for trainer Richard Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David Mc Duffee. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra has now earned $421,314.

For Sears, the victory marked the 12th straight year he has won a Breeders Crown race.