Eight Fillies To Clash For Crown Crystal
TORONTO – A powerful troika of Tracy Brainard-trained fillies will attempt to sweep the board in the U.S. $710,000 Breeders Crown for Three-Year-Old Filly Pacers at Woodbine on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Only five other fillies entered once Bulletproof Enterprises’ Yellow Diamond and Shacked Up supplemented on Monday and they added another from their eligible ranks, Kabbalah Karen B, a recent Ontario Sire Stake Gold elim winner. All three are daughters of 2004 Breeders Crown champ Western Terror and the trio has earned $1.6 million this year.
Ginger And Fred would be a dominant filly in any other year. Owned by Taylor, Silva, Feldman and Gold, the offspring of Real Artist won a division of the Adioo Volo and a heat of the Jugette enroute to eight wins in 15 starts and $462,319 in earnings. Right behind her on the earnings list is Special Sweetheart, trained by Tom Artandi for the 4 For 3 Stable. Her biggest win this year was in the $350,000 Valley Forge at Chester.
Blogette Hanover, also a division winner of the Adioo Volo, will represent the John Burns Stable. Burns co-owns the filly with Peter Berry and John Fielding. Shanghai Lil, a daughter of three-time Breeders Crown winner Jenna’s Beach Boy, counts divisions of the Bluegrass, Simpson and Tompkins-Geers among her stake wins. Trained by Pete Foley, Shanghai Lil has hit the board in 12 of her 17 starts this year.
West Of LA is winless on the year, but her connections bring some powerful racetrack cred to the event. Her conditioner [and co-owner] is Bob McIntosh, the leading trainer in the Breeders Crown series with 15 trophies and $5,532,533. He has won this event three times, with Beloved Angel  Immortality  and So Fresh .
The compete field, in alphabetical order, with named drivers is below. The post position draw will take place Saturday night, on WEG-TV.
U.S. $710,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace
Filly (in alpha order) Driver Trainer 2009 Earnings
BLOGETTE HANOVER Randy Waples John Burns $212,605
GINGER AND FRED Dave Palone Ron Burke $462,319
KABBALAH KAREN B Jim Morrill Jr. Tracy Brainard $199,500
SHACKED UP* Tim Tetrick Tracy Brainard $584,880
SHANGHAI LIL Mike Lachance Pete Foley $223,151
SPECIAL SWEETHEART Dave Miller Tom Artandi $416,813
WEST OF LA Ron Pierce Bob McIntosh $210,480
YELLOW DIAMOND* Jim Morrill Jr. Tracy Brainard $715,064
Indicates a $62,500 supplement