10/15/2015 1:44PM

Woodbine Harness: Holloway with top fillies for Breeders Crown

Derick Giwner
Divine Caroline looks for her third straight win on Saturday.

Trainer Joe Holloway enters Saturday's Breeders Crown elimination races for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a solid hand. While 18 were entered to be reduced to 10 for the final, Holloway arrives at Woodbine with two of the top five fillies in North America. Though Bettor Be Steppin was his queen in August, capturing the $350,000 Valley Forge at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, it has been Divine Caroline peaking in October and arriving in Toronto as a force.

"She's as good as she's ever been and I guess this is a good time for that," said Holloway Wednesday of Divine Caroline on his way north.

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Both fillies broke and trained for Holloway as 2-year-olds and the trainer liked different aspects about each. "I thought Bettor Be Steppin was the more complete filly. I always thought that Divine Caroline had the most pure speed," said Holloway.

For the better part of the last two racing seasons it has been Bettor Be Steppin, a Bettors Delight-sired filly, that has proven to be the most consistent in stakes action. Last year she banked over $300,000 and this year she enters the Crown eliminations with $454,510 on her 2015 card. But Bettor Be Steppin, a winner five times this year, comes out of Lexington appearing to be going in the wrong direction.

"I think she's been on the front end maybe one too many times," said Holloway. "I'd like to see her get some cover."

Bettor Be Steppin drew post five in the first of the two $25,000 Crown eliminations, carded as race four. Corey Callahan has the driving assignment in a field that has a few late bloomers looking to qualify for the final.

Rock Me Gently, a Rock N Roll Heaven-sired miss, came to life with a huge effort at The Red Mile, a career best 1:50 2/5 tally for trainer Steve Elliott. Rock Me Gently starts from post eight outside of Wicked Little Minx, also a stakes winner at The Red Mile recently.

Along the pylons, the undefeated and as yet untested Frost Damage Blues makes her first stakes appearance after capturing the first seven races of her career. The Western Ideal-sired filly hails from trainer Tom Fanning's stable.

Ontario's Super Final champion Solar Sister is the highest money earner in the field this year and hopes to take advantage of a good trip from post two. The well-bred Mach Three sired miss has won seven of 14 starts this year for trainer Gregg McNair. Doug McNair will guide the homebred.

Divine Caroline appears to be putting it all together for Holloway and pilot Dave Miller. Also a New York-sired filly by Rock N Roll Heaven, Divine Caroline was superb in Kentucky winning on consecutive weeks with her 1:49 2/5 effort in the Glen Garnsey on October 10 the fastest mile of her career.

"She's always right there," said Holloway. "Even in her losses she's within a length at the wire."

Holloway believes his fillies are still fresh and ready for battle. "You can't race them every week. As far as the number of starts this is where I wanted to be at this time of the year. I elected to skip the Jugette and race at The Red Mile instead. Sassa Hanover won the Jugette and then skipped Lexington,"

Sassa Hanover will meet Divine Caroline in the seventh race and second Crown preliminary for this division. Divine Caroline landed post six while her rival drew post nine.

Trainer Ron Burke sends out two in this division, with NYSS champion Band Of Angels landing post five. This field has a decidedly New York look to it with five of the nine being bred in the Empire State, including recent Red Mile stakes winner Bedroomconfessions (post 4) and Mosquiito Blue Chip (post 8).

Though she hasn't won since early September, Fan Hanover champion Wrangler Magic (post 2) is a filly to be concerned about. Sylvain Filion guides Wrangler Magic, a daughter of the top Ontario sire Mach Three.

First post on Saturday is 7:25 p.m. at Woodbine, with a dozen races programmed including two eliminations each in the 3-year-old pacing male division and aged male pacing division.