10/20/2012 9:22PM

Breeders Crown: Toscano scores upsets in 3-year-old colt pace elims

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Ken Weingartner
Heston Blue Chip added Lasix prior to his win on Saturday.

It could be said that never in the history of the Breeders Crown three-year-old pace have two eliminations carried such weight. When the dust settled on Saturday night, 10 sophomores were left standing with trainer Linda Toscano sending out winners in both $25,000 elimination races. Bettors Edge and Heston Blue Chip were her big winners while the big losers were Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance, Rooney winner Pet Rock and the luckless Warrawee Needy and Hurrikane Kingcole.

Bettors Edge, second and third in all of his last five starts, did it the hard way in the first elimination heat. Panther Hanover and Warrawee Needy were quickest at the start with Panther and driver Sylvain Filion cutting the pace and Warrawee Needy stalking through a :26 1/5 opening quarter.

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Filion slowed that half and driver Dave Miller took the bait, pulling Bettors Edge up for the first over grind. It was a rated advance for Miller that helped his cause while backing out the outer tier some. Miller played it cool and Bettors Edge kept grinding on the outside.

The stretch drive proved telling as Warrawee Needy had no racing room from the pocket and Pet Rock had too much ground to make up from fourth over. Also caught in traffic was Hurrikane Kingcole.

In the closing strides Bettors Edge did in fact edge out Panther Hanover for the 1:49 4/5 victory by a half-length as a 17-1 shot. Thinking Out Loud, Hillbilly Hanover and Escape The News squeezed into the final.

“I brought him up easy first-over and he just charged home,” said an almost giddy Miller in the winner’s circle.

Heston Blue Chip, racing on Lasix for the first time, overcame post seven rather quickly when the race began in the second elimination. The American Ideal colt yielded to supplemental entry Michael’s Power near the half, a controlled :55 second clocking.

In the late stages, driver Tim Tetrick edged Heston Blue Chip from the pocket and rolled by the pacesetter to win by a half-length in 1:50 3/5. Sent off as a 3-1 third choice in the field of seven, Heston won for the 10th time in 13 starts this season.

“I don’t think there is a big difference in him on or off [Lasix], but it is one of those things we kind of thought but we couldn’t prove, so let’s just put him on it and take that off the table,” said Toscano. “I knew we had retention and I wanted to make sure that with being in the new environment that he didn’t get allergies. I wanted to just remove that from the equation.”Mel Mara, caught behind third-over cover, finished sharply for second with Sweet Lou, Michael’s Power and Dapper Dude also advancing.

Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance left alertly but settled for a three-hole trip and appeared empty in the stretch finishing last.

Trainer Toscano’s other big favorite, Market Share was upended by supplemental entry Intimidate in one of two three-year-old colt trot elims for the Crown. The altered son of Justice Hall appeared out of contention with Market Share rolling to the front in the stretch, but Intimidate unleashed a wicked closing burst to blow by the 1-5 Market Share and win going away in 1:53 1/5.

“He’s a nice colt and he won pretty handily in his last few starts,” said driver Sylvain Filion.

Intimidate won for the 12th time in 16 starts this season, none bigger than this.

Market Share, Knows Nothing, Another Amaretto and Guccio all advanced for this division, with Kentucky Futurity winner My MVP failing to make the cut.

Trainer Jimmy Takter had three winners on the night, with Little Brown Fox regaining winning form in a big way in the other sophomore colt heat. The son of Muscles Yankee left the field in the dust on the far turn then coasted home in 1:53 flat in what proved to be a much less contentious division.

“It was easy. He was very, very good tonight,” said driver Yannick Gingras.

Takter’s three-year-old pacing fillies Romantic Moment and American Jewel took home first prize in both Crown eliminations. Romantic Moment was an easy wire-to-wire winner while American Jewel stalked second choice Economy Terror through rated fractions and then just edged that one on the wire of a solid stretch duel.

Beatgoeson Hanover scored in the Crown elimination for trotting mares winning for catch-driver Brian Sears in a 1:54 mile. Autumn Escapade showed a return to form finishing a solid second.

Last year’s Breeders Crown Open Pace champion Bettor Sweet won a $50,000 Open, a prep for Saturday’s (October 27) renewal, outsprinting pacesetter Foiled Again to the wire in a 1:49 2/5 mile.

Fields for 3yo and Older finals on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Woodbine

OLDER MARE TROT - RACE 1

Post Horse Elim Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 BAX OF LIFE RA.WAPLES 8-1
2 BEATGOESON HANOVER B.SEARS 3-1
3 PEMBROKE HEAT WAVE BYE INTO FINAL 10-1
4 CLEOPATRE DUHARAS Y.GINGRAS 15-1
5 PANTHOLOPS C.CALLAHAN 15-1
6 CEDAR DOVE BYE INTO FINAL 5-1
7 AUTUMN ESCAPADE DV.MILLER 8-1
8 FRENCHFRYSNVINEGAR BYE INTO FINAL 7-2
9 MYSTICAL STARLIGHT TI.TETRICK 12-1
10 TAMLA CELEBER S O.KIHLSTROM 12-1

3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE - RACE 4

Post Horse Elim Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 ECONOMY TERROR D.PALONE 4-1
2 BIG MCDEAL J.JAMIESON 10-1
3 ROMANTIC MOMENT Y.GINGRAS 7-2
4 AMERICAN JEWEL TI.TETRICK 3-1
5 SHELLISCAPE JO.CAMPBELL 10-1
6 HANDSOFFMYCOOKIE DV.MILLER 15-1
7 ROCKAROUND SUE TI.TETRICK 8-1
8 APOGEE HANOVER D.MCNAIR 8-1
9 MARTY PARTY R.PIERCE 15-1
10 JET WASH JA.MACDONALD 30-1

3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE - RACE 9

Post Horse Elim Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 MICHAEL'S POWER S.ZERON 8-1
2 BETTOR'S EDGE DV.MILLER 6-1
3 ESCAPE THE NEWS Y.GINGRAS 8-1
4 HESTON BLUE CHIP TI.TETRICK 7-2
5 PANTHER HANOVER S.FILION 6-1
6 DAPPER DUDE JO.CAMPBELL 20-1
7 SWEET LOU D.PALONE 4-1
8 THINKING OUT LOUD JO.CAMPBELL 12-1
9 HILLBILLY HANOVER TI.TETRICK 20-1
10 MEL MARA R.PIERCE 8-1

3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT - RACE 6

Post Horse Listed Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 CHECK ME OUT TI.TETRICK 7-5
2 WIN MISSY B R.PIERCE 5-1
3 MISS PARIS R.ZERON 12-1
4 BLUFF TBA 15-1
5 PERSONAL STYLE DV.MILLER 15-1
6 MAVEN Y.GINGRAS 9-2
7 DREAM ON HANOVER RA.WAPLES 30-1
8 SASSY SYRINX JO.CAMPBELL 20-1
9 DORSAY C.CALLAHAN 15-1
10 COWGIRL HALL J.MORRILL,JR. 10-1
11 CHILITODAYHOTAMALE TBA 15-1

OPEN MARE PACE - RACE 10

Post Horse Listed Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 DREAMFAIR ETERNAL B.SEARS 10-1
2 ROCKLAMATION J.MORRILL,JR. 8-1
3 CAMILLE B.MILLER 6-1
4 ANNDROVETTE TI.TETRICK 6-1
5 TEA PARTY PRINCESS S.ZERON 15-1
6 SWINGING BEAUTY D.MCNAIR 15-1
7 KRISPY APPLE DV.MILLER 25-1
8 GINGER AND FRED S.ZERON 10-1
9 REBEKA BAYAMA S.FILION 3-1
10 MONKEY ON MY WHEEL J.JAMIESON 20-1
11 DROP THE BALL Y.GINGRAS 4-1

OPEN PACE - RACE 12

Post Horse Elim Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 PUT ON A SHOW J.JAMIESON 10-1
2 ARACACHE HANOVER D.MCNAIR 8-1
3 UP THE CREDIT TBA 20-1
4 HYPNOTIC BLUE CHIP D.PALONE 15-1
5 GOLDEN RECEIVER TI.TETRICK 5-1
6 WE WILL SEE R.PIERCE 8-1
7 BETTOR SWEET DV.MILLER 5-2
8 FOILED AGAIN Y.GINGRAS 7-2
9 RAZZLE DAZZLE B.SEARS 25-1
10 FORECLOSURE N J.MORRILL,JR. 12-1

OPEN TROT - RACE 3

Post Horse Listed Driver DRF Harness M/L
1 DAYLON MAGICIAN J.MOISEYEV 6-1
2 MISTER HERBIE J.JAMIESON 3-1
3 HOT SHOT BLUE CHIP C.CALLAHAN 10-1
4 COMMANDER CROWE C.MARTENS 5-1
5 ARCH MADNESS T.SMEDSHAMMER 5-1
6 CHAPTER SEVEN TI.TETRICK 7-5

3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT - RACE 11

(To be drawn on Tuesday 10/23 at noon; horses in alphabetical order)

Post Horse Elim Driver DRF Harness M/L
  ANOTHER AMARETTO A.MILLER 12-1
  GUCCIO J.TAKTER 15-1
  INTIMIDATE S.FILION 3-1
  KNOWS NOTHING J.JAMIESON 10-1
  LITTLE BROWN FOX Y.GINGRAS 7-2
  MARKET SHARE TI.TETRICK 5-2
  MR CHICAGO TI.TETRICK 15-1
  PRESTIDIGITATOR S.FILION 6-1
  SOLVATO T.SMEDSHAMMER 12-1
  STORMIN NORMAND DV.MILLER 15-1