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NEW JERSEY’S MISSION BRIEF AMONG THE BREEDERS CROWN ELIM WINNERS

MANALAPAN, NJ – November 14, 2014 -- Mission Brief’s best behavior means she was untouchable in the $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination for two-year-old trotting fillies, the second race on the opening night Meadowlands card, Friday, November 14, 2014.

When she stays on the trot, the New Jersey-sired daughter of Muscle Hill – Southwind Serena is formidable, winning eight of 12 starts for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Her victories this year have included the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship and the Merrie Annabelle at the Meadowlands, plus a two-year-old world record mile of 1:50.3 at Lexington’s Red Mile.


Mission Brief


In the second race, the first of the two Breeders Crown elims, Mission Brief coasted to a three- length victory in 1:54.2, leading at every call.

She was sent off as the 1-5 favorite. The only question was whether she would handle the start, where breaks in the Peaceful Way and Goldsmith Maid cost her any chance.

“She was on her best behavior tonight,” said Gingras, who was careful with her approaching the starting gate. “In the stretch she was just being green. I touched her and she went into a second gear, but she has five gears.”

Bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables, Mission Brief was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi and has banked $346,070.

Also advancing to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final next Friday night will be runner-up Danielle Hall, Smexi, who was third by three and a half, Lilu Hanover and Hot Start.

3RD RACE: JK SHE’SALADY EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK TO 11

JK She’salady, sent off at odds of 2-5, had won 10 in a row with Yannick GIngras. But in the third race $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies, Tim Tetrick picked up the drive and the result was the same.

The Art Major filly is now unbeaten in 11 starts, winning in 1:51.1.


JK She'salady


When Gingras had not committed to JK She’salady before the draw, trainer Nancy Johansson turned the lines over the 3 Brothers Stables’ homebred to Tetrick.

“She knows how to get things done,” said Tetrick. “She still had her earplugs in at the wire. She’s a super filly. She will be tough to beat.”

The winning margin over the Gingras-driven Sassa Hanover was two and three-quarter lengths. Bettor Be Steppin was third by three and a half. Also advancing to the divisional final will be Bettor N Better and Heavenly Bride.

Winner of the She’s A Great Lady and the Three Diamonds, among others, JK She’salady has earned $633,330 for 3 Brothers Stables of New York City.

4TH RACE: GALLIE BYTHE BEACH RALLIES IN CROWN ELIM FOR 3YO PACING FILLIES

Tim Tetrick was at the lines as 9-1 Gallie Bythe Beach rallied from off the pace to win the fourth race, the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown Eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies.

The Jim Campbell trainee, bred and owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA, covered the mile in 1:50.4 to best Major Dancer by two lengths.


Gallie Bythe Beach


Beach Gal was third by two and a quarter with Gettingreadytoroll and even-money favorite Sayitall BB making the cut.

Gallie Bythe Beach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Galleria, picked up her third win with three seconds and three thirds in 17 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 19 of 27 starts, banking $532,218.

“She’s versatile but she has gone her better races off the pace,” noted Jim Campbell, who also campaigned Galleria. “She’s got a good kick finishing.”

6TH RACE: VICTORY TO HEART MAJOR AFTER TWO DQ’S

After a lengthy judges’ inquiry, two fillies were disqualified and the victory went to Heart Major in the sixth race, the $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies.


Heart Major


Ideal Nuggets, driven by Tim Tetrick, was first across the wire in 1:52.1 but was disqualified and placed sixth for coming out and hitting the legs of Well Hello There [placed fifth]. Happiness was fifth to finish but ultimately placed seventh for racing inside the pylons.

When the order of finish was sorted out, Divine Caroline was second, Happy Becky was third, Southwind Roulette was fourth and Well Hello There got the last spot to advance to the final.

Heart Major, sent off at odds of 10-1, picked up her fifth win in eight starts. Driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Joe Pavia Jr., the daughter of Art Major now has earnings of $48,839. Bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ, she was a $25,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase. She races in the names of Dijo Racing Inc., Joe Pavia Jr. Stable, Vincent Barbera and Steven M. Held.

7TH RACE: COLOR’S A VIRGIN EXTENDS STREAK TO SEVEN

Trace Tetrick, 28 years old, will be joining his older brother, Tim, in next week’s Breeders Crown Finals thanks to Color’s A Virgin, who extended her winning streak to seven by taking the seventh race, the $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination for three-year-old pacing fillies.


Color's A Virgin


Color’s A Virgin, trained by Brian Brown for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH, won this year’s Jugette and Nadia Lobell during her streak. She has 13 wins and two seconds in 17 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 23 of 26 career, banking $696,822.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, the daughter of Always A Virgin rallied on the outside to win by a length and a half over Precocious Beauty. It was two and a half lengths to Allstar Rating in third. Also making the final were Uffizi Hanover and Beach Story. Weeper, who had cut the fractions in the race and was the second choice in the betting, faded to sixth.

“She showed up and raced great,” said winning driver Trace Tetrick. “She’s done that a lot, racing first up.”

The 1:51 clocking was a career best for Color’s A Virgin.

12TH RACE: WILD HONEY EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO TEN

Driver Yannick Gingras will have a tough choice in the Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotting fillies, winning both $25,000 eliminations – the first with Mission Brief in the second race and then with Wild Honey in the 12th race.

Wild Honey extended her winning streak to 10 in her 11th career start, trotting the mile in 1:55.3.

The Jimmy Takter trainee was sent off as the 1-5 favorite, and she delivered a length and a half victory over Livininthefastlane. It was two lengths to Wiclet Hanover in third. Also advancing were Stubborn Belle and Love Me Madly.


Wild Honey


Bred by Lindy Racing Stables, Wild Honey was a $35,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. The daughter of Cantab Hall has banked $439,703 for the partnership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman.

“She’s not very big but she has a big heart,” said Jimmy Takter. “She lost her first start, but then won 10 in a row.”


--All Photos Courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.

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