Great Day and Night! Sunday/Monday happenings.

Dewey really just warmed us all up for what turned into a great day and night of racing. Two grade 1’s were contested at the Spa and Breeders Crown was contested at Mohawk along with two big pacing events for two year olds.

At the Spa, First Defence was on the G1 Forego. I believe it was his first G1 win and was well deserved. If I remember correctly this horse ran his eye balls out last year in the Kings Bishop only to have the hard trying Hard Spun rerally through the lane.

Curlin continued his dominance of the older horse division, albeit not in a real impressive manner. He had to grind down 40-1 pace maker Past the Point through a dawdling last furlong in over 14 seconds. Dutrow was probably crying in his beer because the big horse sure looked vulnerable yesterday.

I already mentioned Dewey but why not mention him again? Undefeated and really only challenged once. He was under a hand drive in yesterdays win in 1.50.4. I will say I bet Clerk Magistrate’s backers and fans wished he had got out a bit sooner, but I don’t think it would have mattered. We won’t have to wait long to see him back in action has he’ll be entered in the Elims of the Canadian Trotting Derby on Saturday the 6th at Mohawk.

Mister Big and driver Brian Sears continued to show that he is the Curlin of the older pacer division winning last nights Breeders Crown Open Pace event. Unlike Curlin, he was as dominate as ever taking another first over trip against Artistic Fella and pulling away through the lane. That is five in a row, his last defeat was at Chester on the 5/8ths to Artistic Fella. Winning time was 1.50.1.

My Little Dragon asserted herself as the best older pacing mare going right now in the Breeders Crown F&M Pace. It was another first over gem by Sears, who I feel is perhaps the best guy to have in that position. It was her third Breeders Crown win of her career and she has been knocking hard all year. Darlin’s Delight finished well to be 2nd. Winning time was 1.50.1.

Corleone Kosmos reversed a few years of disappointments in the Breeders Crown Open Trot. A late break last year led to him being placed 2nd. Not this year however, he blasted off Enough Talks cover to roll past Arch Madness late. 3-5 favorite Enough Talk wasn’t as sharp this week. Pierce popped the pocket on the far turn only to fade and finish 4th. Final time was 1.51.4.

Bringham Dream captured the Breeders Crown F&M Trot in 1.53.2. Falls for You, the 4-5 favorite made a break behind the gate and was effectively eliminated.

Right Right and Woodrow Wilson winner Major In Art stamped themselves as the best two year old filly and colt pacers by winning the She’s a Great Lady and Metro. Right Right, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Andy Miller now has 3 wins in 8 starts and a bankroll of over a half a million dollars. Major In Art, driven by Brian Sears and trained by Justin Lebo blasted away from the gate to make the front in the Metro. Sears yielded to Gingras and 9-5 favorite Annieswestercard down the backside, the latter was quickly challenged by a first over Well Said and Ron Pierce. Sears tipped Major In Art out for the stretch drive and colt responded by picking up the leaders and pacing under the wire in 1.51.2.

Driver John Campbell won two races. He won the Breeders Crown Open Trot and a Metro consolation.

Brian Sears had 3 winning steers, two Breeders Crown events and the Metro.

Luc Oullette also guided 3 winners home.

Today ( Sunday ) at the Spa the G3 Saranac will be contested over the turf for 3 year olds. The highlight of the day is the G1 Spinaway for 2 year old Fillies.

Tomorrow at Freehold Art Official will try to overcome post 7. As much as a hinderence as post 7 is, I can’t see him losing this race and I believe a sub 150 mile might be coming. Should be fun.

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