The field for Saturday’s $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot is set after Emoticon Hanover and NF Happenstance won their respective eliminations earlier tonight. The next three finishers -- Ariana G, Ice Attraction and Celebrity Ruth from the first split and Barn Bella, Pink Pistol and Caprice Hill from the second elimination -- will join the winners, in the final, along with Broadway Donna from the second division, , the fifth place finisher with the highest earnings.
Second choice Emoticon Hanover, trained by Luc Blais, sat in the pocket behind Ariana G to win the first $25,000 elimination in 1:52.4, going by he favorite in deep stretch to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:52.4. Ariana G posted fractions of 27.4, 57 and 1:24.4 to set up the Emoticon Hanover win. Both are previous Breeders Crown champs.
Emoticon Hanover, a five-year-old bay mare by Kadabra from the Ken Warkentin mare Emmylou Who, posted her 20th career win and pushed her earnings past $1.24 million dollars for owners Determination of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bred by L. Wellwood, T. Aspden, A. Shunock and D Ingham, Emoticon Hanover was a $165,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
NF Happenstance is an eight-year-old bay daughter of SJ’s Caviar, from the Conway Hall mare Moira Hall. She is trained by Carole Jamieson-Parker for owner James D Moore III of North Carolina. The win was her 11th this year and 31st in 110 career starts as she pushed her lifetime earnings over $600,000. NF Happenstance was bred in Pennsylvania by John Huntgen.
The $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot is one of twelve Breeders Crown Finals to be featured Saturday, October 28 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. First race post time is set at an early 5:30 PM Eastern.
Here is the draw for the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made):
1 – Broadway Donna – Jim Campbell – David Miller
2 – Barn Bella – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer
3 – *NF Happenstance – Carol Jamieson-Parker – Jack Parker Jr.
4 – Caprice Hill – Chris Oakes – Brian Sears
5 – *Emoticon Hanover – Luc Blais – Daniel Dube
6 – Celebrity Ruth – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer
7 – Pink Pistol – Peter Shody – Tim Tetrick
8 – Ariana G – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras
9 – Ice Attraction – trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt