Wilkes-Barre, PA – Scott Zeron drove Captain Crunch to a definitive 3-length win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Final at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono on Oct. 27.
The time for the mile on the track rated “sloppy” was 1:51.3.
From the far outside, Blood Money left with Captain Crunch, followed by Captain Trevor and flushing to the outside, Proof took an early shot at challenging. The first quarter was clocked in :26.4 as Proof took the lead into the half.
Proof rolled to a :55.1 half with Captain Crunch sitting in the cat-bird seat as Captain Trevor went first over, aiming at the top two inside. No Mas Amor went three-wide in an attempt to charge late.
Three-quarters went in 1:23.2.
With a clear path to come out of the pocket, Zeron guided Captain Crunch into the second lane and the son of Captaintreacherous—Sweet Paprika (by Artiscape) catapulted past Proof and extended his winning lead to 3 lengths in 1:51.3.
Proof held on for second, Love Me Some Lou passed tired ones to catch the third spot and No Mas Amor was fourth.
Nancy Johansson trains Captain Crunch for owner Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms, 3 Brothers Stables and Christine Takter. The colt was bred by Walnridge Farms and Sherri K. Meirs.
The win was driver Scott Zeron’s second in a Breeders Crown Final.
Captain Crunch paid $11.20 to win.