10/20/2015 6:48PM

Breeders Crown: Trace looks to make his mark with Freaky Feet Pete

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Derick Giwner
Trace Tetrick looks for his first Breeders Crown win with Freaky Feet Pete.

On a Breeders Crown card full of equine royalty, few horses will garner the amount of attention that Freaky Feet Pete demands. With a virtually flawless record and a victory over Wiggle It Jiggleit on his résumé, the Indiana-bred wonder faces the toughest test of his career in Saturday’s $531,250 final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Woodbine.

Freaky Feet Pete couldn’t have been more impressive while winning his Crown elimination last Saturday (Oct. 17). Regular driver Trace Tetrick tracked through a pedestrian half in 56 seconds and grinded out a strong 1:49 4/5 win despite spending most of the final half on the rim.

“He raced really well,” said Tetrick, who added that the fractions were a bit of a concern. I was confident in him because good horses do great things.”

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Despite a record of 13-11-2-0 on the year and his game elimination win, some have speculated that perhaps Freaky Feet Pete is not quite as sharp as earlier in the year. Tetrick is not one of those naysayers.

“I think he has been the same throughout the year,” said Tetrick. “Perhaps a few times he wasn’t as sharp as others, but he always got the job done.”

The difference between Saturday and Freaky Feet Pete’s previous races is that he’ll face multiple foes in the ninth race on the card that could conceivably match his speed. Artspeak has found his groove in recent weeks and sprinted home impressively in an elimination win. There is also millionaire Wakizashi Hanover, who was on quite a roll before a second-place finish behind Artspeak a week ago. In The Arsenal and Lost For Words have earned north of $500,000 in 2015 with the latter only missing the board once all year.

For Tetrick, who made his Breeders Crown debut in 2014 by finishing fourth with Color’s A Virgin, he goes into the final confident, but understands the possible pitfalls ahead. “These races always work out differently than you expect. I think he’ll be competitive, but any horse can pop up,” said Tetrick.

Freaky Feet Pete and his nine competitors are expected to go behind the gate at approximately 9:44 p.m. First race post time is 6:30 p.m.

$531,250 Breeders Crown 3YO Colt & Gelding Pace

POST HORSE LISTED DRIVER MORNING LINE
1 DEALT A WINNER Y.GINGRAS 20-1
2 PENJI HANOVER J.JAMIESON 20-1
3 WAKIZASHI HANOVER TI.TETRICK 5-2
4 FREAKY FEET PETE TR.TETRICK 9-5
5 ARTSPEAK S.ZERON 3-1
6 DEUDE'S THE MAN C.CALLAHAN 20-1
7 LOST FOR WORDS D.MILLER 6-1
8 REVEREND HANOVER C.CHRISTOFOROU 10-1
9 IN THE ARSENAL B.SEARS 15-1
10 ARTISTIC MAJOR M.KAKALEY 20-1
AE1 YANKEE BOUNTY Y.GINGRAS  
AE2 ARQUE HANOVER C.CALLAHAN  

 

Dave Meredith More than 1 year ago
I'll say that everyone will be @ a LOST FOR WORDS when the race is over , He doesn't have to face the Giant Killer Wiggle It Jiggle It this time !!!
Dan Short More than 1 year ago
I think Trace and Pete will win unless beaten by brother Tim driving Wakizashi Hanover...thus it's "win-win"!