10/17/2015 10:31PM

Woodbine Harness: Freaky Feet Pete one of many impressive Breeders Crown qualifiers

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FReaky Feet Pete won for the 12th time in 14 starts on Saturday.

When you pay $62,500 to play in the Breeders Crown there's a ton of added pressure, but anyone that watched driver Trace Tetrick behind Freaky Feet Pete on Saturday night at Woodbine did not witness anybody sweating. Actually, once Freaky Feet Pete went on the offensive to attack front-running Reverend Hanover it was the Casie Coleman-trained rival getting hot under the collar. A 1:49 4/5 victory off a pedestrian opening half was a devastating performance and stamped the Indiana-bred as the horse to beat in the 3-year-old male pacing final on October 24 at Woodbine.

The Breeders Crown race was one of six eliminations on the card. In addition to the 3-year-old colt pacers, older pacers and 3-year-old filly pacers were also in action.

"I've never been to Canada," said Larry Rheinheimer, the winning trainer and breeder of Freaky Feet Pete. The trainer made the decision to bring Freaky Feet Pete to Canada after a convincing win over Wiggle It Jiggleit at Hoosier Park a week ago and the confidence was rewarded as Freaky Feet Pete won for the 21st time in 24 career starts.

As the chalk, Freaky Feet Pete defeated Artistic Major with Reverend Hanover settling for third. Dudes The Man was funky-gaited on the final turn but gained composure in the stretch to finish fourth with Penji Hanover securing the fifth and last spot in the final from the first elimination.

The second $25,000 Crown preliminary for sophomore pacing colts and geldings saw Wakizashi Hanover, the North America Cup champ, appear to be cruising to another easy victory. Tim Tetrick used soft fractions of 28 2/5, 57 3/5 and 1:25 to his advantage but that wasn't enough to hold off the streaking Artspeak in the homestretch. The Tattersalls Pace champion flew the final quarter in 26 seconds for driver Scott Zeron to post the mild (3-1) upset in a 1:51 3/5 mile. Wakizashi Hanover settled for second with In The Arsenal, Lost For Words and Dealt A Winner also advancing to the final.

"He's as good as he's ever been," said trainer Tony Alagna following the contest. "He's like a thoroughbred in that if you give him time to recover between races he gives you his best."

Solar Sister, a 7-2 proposition, took the first-over route to victory in the first of two Crown trials for 3-year-old filly pacers. With Doug McNair in the sulky she easily overpowered pacesetting Southwind Roulette in the early stretch for a convincing 1:52 1/5 victory. Frost Damage Blues ralllied for second, with Southwind Roulette, The Show Returns and favored Bettor Be Steppin all advancing to the final.

"I got to sit with her for five-eighths of a mile and she was very good closing," said McNair, who guided the filly for his dad, trainer Gregg McNair.

Divine Caroline made good on a 3-5 promise overpowering her rivals in 1:51 3/5 in the second $25,000 US Crown elim for 3-year-old filly pacers. With Dave Miller in the bike, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven drafted behind the cover of Ideal Nuggets through the third quarter as Sassa Hanover controlled the fractions. In the homestretch it was no contest for the filly trained by Joe Holloway as she rolled to her third straight stakes victory. Bedroomconfessions tailed the winner to the stretch to gain second with Sassa Hanover holding the show spot. Also returning for next week’s final was Mosquito Blue Chip and Stacia Hanover.

"She's blossomed in the last month," said Holloway following the race.

It's been more of a rarity this year, but Foiled Again proved once again that he can rise to the occasion on any given day. Ignored at the windows at odds of 8-1, the 11-year-old got the trip he thrives on. Leaving the gate and sitting third off the 26 1/5 opening quarter of Melmerby Beach, driver Yannick Gingras pulled moving past the half in 54 2/5 and then engaged the leader through a 1:22 1/5 three quarters. In the stretch, Foiled Again wore down the leader and easily held favorite JK Endofanera at bay in a 1:50 clocking.

New Image Media     Foiled Again won in 1:50.

"He's the greatest horse I've ever sat behind," said Gingras in the winner's circle. "It's the kind of trip he loves and I knew on the final turn when he swelled up that they weren't going to beat him.”

Arthur Blue Chip, Melmerby Beach and McWicked all advance to the final.

Always B Miki may have given some players an anxious moment as he moved without cover in the third quarter at 2-5 while State Treasurer appeared to be in total control. Then the field hit the stretch and the 4-year-old making just his second start in 2015 hit another gear and flew by the leader on his way to a 1:49 4/5 effortless score for driver David Miller. Bettors Edge came through along the rail at odds of 30-1 for the place spot with State Treasurer gamely holding on to third.

The fractions set by State Treasurer were 27 1/5, 55 2/5 and 1:23, but the early division leader was powerless to meet the challenge of the winner in the homestretch. Mach It So finished fourth with All Bets Off also reaching the final.

"He's a fantastic horse," said Jimmy Takter, the winning trainer. "We had a long journey to get here. I'm really pleased."

3YO Filly Pace

1-Divine Caroline

2-Bettor Be Steppin

3-Solar Sister


5-Mosquito Blue Chip

6-Southwind Roulette

7-Frost Damage Blues

8-The Show Returns

9-Stacia Hanover

10-Sassa Hanover



Open Pace

1 Melmerby Beach

2 Mach It So

3 Always B Miki

4 Foiled Again

5 Bettors Edge

6 All Bets Off

7 State Treasurer

8 JK Endofanera

9 Mcwicked

10 Arthur Blue Chip

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