11/12/2014 1:21PM

Meadowlands: Color's A Virgin goes after a Crown

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Color's A Virgin winning the Jugette.

It’s hard not to have some measure of confidence if you’re the trainer of a three-year-old pacing filly that has won her last three races from post eight. Color’s A Virgin, a $62,500 supplemental entry to the Breeders Crown sophomore event, has been a force this year for trainer Brian Brown and deserves a shot at the title. Two $25,000 eliminations for the Crown are set for Friday night at The Meadowlands.

“Trace (driver Tetrick) has been able to put her on the outside and she does the rest,” said Brown, referring specifically to Color’s A Virgin’s last race, a powerful performance in the Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park on October 31.

“She’s not much of a leaving horse but you can use her a little at the start,” said Brown. “When she’s out chasing she knows what to do.”

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A dozen victories in 16 starts this year including a memorable victory in the Jugette at Brown’s training home during the summer, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, have led the Indiana-bred daughter of Always A Virgin to this point.

But the decision to put up the large supplemental fee has more to do with the future plans for the filly. The Crown final will go for $593,750, and that should afford Color’s A Virgin with some level of success to earn back her starting fee, but Brown and Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm are hoping this is a long term investment.

“We had Won The West,” said Brown of the near-$4 million winning son of Western Hanover. “We supplemented him as a three-year-old and that made him eligible for the Crowns in future years.”

That investment paid off handsomely for the owners of Won The West, a two-time Breeders Crown aged champion in 2009-10.

Of immediate concern for Brown will be the field of seven she’ll face in Friday’s $25,000 elimination race. Color’s A Virgin drew post two and need only finish in the top five, but winners are guaranteed a draw on the inside of the field in the final so a victory would mean a lot.

Another supplement, the Matron winning Weeper landed post seven in this division and once again has Ron Pierce in the bike. With eight wins in 15 starts this year, the Allamerican Native filly has been most versatile winning from on and off the pace.

The early season sensation Sandbetweenurtoes tries for a comeback of sorts. After capturing her first eight races this year, the Larry Remmen-trained filly tired on the front end in her last two starts, both in September. With some time off she returns fresh and will race with Lasix the first time. Brian Sears will drive for owner Bradley Grant.

Defending Breeders Crown champion Uffizi Hanover (post 3) and last year’s two-year-old champion (post 5) Precocious Beauty add depth to the field.

Color’s A Virgin starts in the seventh race on the Meadowlands’ 13-race Friday night program. Post time for the card, which features six Crown elimination races, is 7:15 p.m.