10/16/2015 11:20PM

Woodbine Harness: Fields set for 2-year-old Breeders Crown finals

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Control The Moment kept his nose in front to remain undefeated in eight career starts.

The best 2-year-olds on both gaits showed up at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night to vie for spots in four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals on October 24. Of the undefeated rookies that entered action, three—Control The Moment, Pure Country and Haughty—escaped unscathed.

Control The Moment returned from a six week absence and was no worse for the wear. Competing in the colt and gelding pace, the Bradley Maxwell trainee quarter-moved to the front as the field past the opening marker in 27 1/5 and was never headed despite feeling pressure late in the mile.

The fractions were strong on a chilly night in Canada. Driver Randy Waples posted the half in 55 3/5 and three quarters in 1:24 before pocket-sitter Pretty Boy Hill took aim from the pocket. Control The Moment was in danger of seeing his perfect record in seven starts come to an end but dug down gamely to fend off Pretty Boy Hill in 1:52 1/5.

Betting Line struggled first-over but rallied late for third ahead of American Passport, who enjoyed a perfect trip and had no excuse. Nvestment Bluechip hugged the cones and advanced to the final.

“He was getting tired at the end. That’s not his usual thing,” said driver Randy Waples, who admitted Control the Moment was a bit short after the long break.

A son of Well Said, Control The Moment is owned by Maxwell along with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry.

Putting the fastest mile of the night at Woodbine was Racing Hill in the second Crown elim for male pacers. The Tony Alagna-trained colt stopped the timer in 1:52 to win going away.

Racing Hill was in charge at the opening quarter in 28 seconds but gave way to a brush from Spider Man Hanover at the 56 3/5 half-mile call. Driver Brett Miller would wait patiently with the eventual winner as Travel Playlist attempted to make headway first-over into a 27-second third quarter.

“He is just getting stronger every start,” said Alagna. “He couldn’t be coming into this final any better.”

Once the field straightened away, Racing Hill took aim and exploded to the front to win easily over Boston Red Rocks, who had to wait for racing room and finished willingly. Spider Man Hanover held third over Big Top Hanover, who failed to fire off cover. Travel Playlist was a distant fifth.

Pure Country did not disappoint her backers in an elimination for rookie pacing fillies. The Diamond Creek Racing-owned young lady is now perfect in nine career starts.

Driver Brett Miller bided his time with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere as a reasonable clip of 28 1/5 and 56 2/5 was set on the engine by longshot Lyons River Pride. Approaching the 1:24 third quarter marker Pure Country was sent on the move and she grinded down the leader under only minimal urging while pulling clear late.

“She hasn’t done anything wrong and I feel very good about her chances,” said trainer Jimmy Takter.

Darlinonthebeach was a content second in the 1:52 3/5 mile, besting Lyons River Pride at the wire. Mayhem Seelster and Shezarealdeal also qualified for next week’s finale.

Yankee Moonshine was barely worth a mention by track announcer Ken Middleton for much of the race, but when it mattered most she stormed home for the 1:53 4/5 win in the first elimination.

“I was in a pretty bad spot there,” said Gingras of his position coming around the final turn. “But she was running in pretty hard around the last turn, so it was hard for me to get her out three wide around (Rock Me Baby), so I took a chance to go back to the inside and hoping to be fifth.”

Call Me Queen Be showed speed at both ends of the mile to edge out Soft Idea for second. Blue Moon Stride and Skinny Dipper also advanced to the final.

The first filly trot elimination included a pair of unblemished young ladies. Haughty would keep her record intact as Broadway Donna saw her nine-race run go up in smoke.

Kathy Parker was controlling the action by default after Celebrity Eventsy and Franniegetyourgun both made early breaks. She set fractions of 28 3/5 and 58 1/5 before Broadway Donna began to rush up on the rim and easily draw off. But a not so funny thing happened on the way to the 1:26 4/5 three quarter call. She broke, placing Kathy Parker back on the lead and vulnerable to Haughty, who won with ease in a slow 1:59 for driver David Palone.

New Image Media     Haughty kept her streak of perfection alive.

Magical Wonder gained willingly late for second over Kathy Parker. Womans Will was very steppy nearing the wire but held fourth and Emoticon Hanover took the last spot in the final.

“She was late to get ready this year and still has a long way to go,” said trainer Jimmy Takter about her season to date, before looking ahead. “She put them away pretty easy and I think she has a heck of a shot in the final.

Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband own the daughter of Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme, who has yet to lose in seven starts.

It was Takter again in the second division as All The Time was sent down the road by Gingras to win easily over the favored Caprice Hill. Gingras set fractions of 28 1/5, 58 1/5 and 1:27 before opening up on the final turn in the 1:56 1/5 mile.

Black Broadway, Tymal Tempest and Sunset Glider made the final.

“That’s a heck of a mile. She’s just fantastic, this filly. She has a great set of lungs and is definitely the one to beat,” said Takter.

Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own the daughter of Muscle Hill-Cantab It All.

Southwind Frank put on his usual show as he marched down the road to capture the lone elimination for male trotters. Yannick Gingras put up modest fractions of 28 2/5, 58 3/5 and 1:27 1/5 before Southwind Frank sprinted the final quarter in 28 1/5 while completely on his own.

“He was vicious last week and just as good here tonight,” said Gingras on the colt’s form.

Marion Marauder finished willingly off cover to out-kick Will Take Charge for second. Milligan’s School had a pocket trip but began to gap around the final turn before kicking in through the stretch to secure a check. Deep Impact, Sliding Home, Dupree and Muscles For Life also made the final.

Southwind Frank won for the 10th time in 11 career starts for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stable. The Muscle Hill colt will be heavily favored in next week’s final.

Gingras wound up winning three Crown elims on the card. Burke won two on the training end and Takter three.

$600,000 2YO Colt Trot

1 Muscles For Life

2 Deep Impact

3 Marion Marauder

4 Sliding Home

5 Southwind Frank

6 Lagerfeld

7 Tony Soprano

8 Dupree

9 Milligans School

10 Will Take Charge

AE: Andovers Choice

$600,000 2YO Filly Pace

1-Darlinonthebeach

2-Shezarealdeal

3-Pure Country

4-Lyons River Pride

5-Yankee Moonshine

6-Soft Idea

7-Blue Moon Stride

8-Skinny Dipper

9-Mayhem Seelster

10-Call Me Queen Be

$600,000 2YO Colt Pace

1-Racing Hill

2-Spider Man Hanover

3-Control The Moment

4-Nvestment Hanover

5-American Passport

6-Boston Red Rocks

7-Big Top Hanover

8-Betting Line

9-Pretty Boy Hill

10-Talk Show

Travel Playlist was scratched and AE Talk Show moved in

$600,000 2YO Filly Trot

1-Tymal Tempest

2-Dewdle All Day

3-Womans Will

4-All The Time

5-Haughty

6-Magical Wonder

7-Kathy Parker

8-Black Broadway

9-Emoticon Hanover

10-Caprice Hill

AE-Franniegetyourgun