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MANALAPAN, NJ – November 21, 2014 – The Princess was as fast as the Queen in Friday night’s Fantastic Four Finals, a quartet of Breeders Crowns for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands.

Mission Brief, the New Jersey Sire Stakes star, was an uncontested winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:51.4 in the eighth race, matching the time of the Mare Open Trot winner, Bee A Magician, who competed a race earlier.

Mission Brief

Mission Brief, the world’s fastest two-year-old trotting filly with her 1:50.3 mile a month ago at Lexington’s Red Mile, drew off to a four and three-quarter length victory over Danielle Hall. It was five and a half lengths back to Livininthefastlane in third.

Mission Brief, now the winner of nine of 13 starts, was expected to be tested by Wild Honey, the winner of 10 of her first 11 starts, but that filly broke before the quarter.

Yannick Gingras put Mission Brief, the 2-5 favorite, on the lead after the 26.4 opening quarter and then clicked off a half in 55.3 and a three-quarters in 1:24.1.

As they entered the stretch, Gingras showed Mission Brief the whip and then hand drove her as she opened ground through the stretch. The 1:51.4 mile was a stakes record, eclipsing Shake It Cerry’s time of 1:53.4 last year.

“The strategy was making the front whenever I had to, and I didn’t really want to press her too mujch in the first turn for no reason,” said Gingras. “I let the dust settle. She was so well behaved tonight. She was letting me do what I like to do. In Lexington she went a scary mile., but tonight she could have 1:50 as easily as she went 1:51.4. The talent this filly has is unbelievable as long as she stays sound in her brain and lets us do what we want to do with her, she’s going to do amazing things.

“With her, you know there’s always a risk,” Gingras noted. “You’re never sure what you’re going to get until you go to the gate with her. But in the post parade tonight, I could tell she was going to be very good. She was very relaxed, and I had a ton of confidence going to the gate. She was as super solid as she’s ever been.”

The Ron Burke trainee is the daughter of two-time Breeders Crown winner Muscle Hill out of a Breeders Crown winner, Southwind Serena. She was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi.

Her victories included the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and the Merrie Annabelle, both at the Meadowlands. Her bankroll is now $591,070.

“She’s been unbelievable,” said Mark Weaver, one of the co-owners of Mission Brief. “It’s a new thing for us. We spent $150,000 for her as a yearling and that’s not normally our deal, but we had her three-quarter brother last year, and he made almost $400,000 as a two-year-old so we wanted to stick with the family, and we’re glad we did.”

Bee A Magician, the defending Horse of the Year, survived a judges inquiry and collected her second consecutive Breeders Crown in the $250,000 Open Mares Trot, carded as the seventh race.

Brian Sears fired the mare to the lead and through a hot early pace with an opening quarter of 26.1, a half in 55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 with 6-5 favorite Classic Martine sitting in the pocket. In a demanding stretch drive, Bee A Magician refused to yield the inside and there was traffic on the outside, preventing Classic Martine from getting up in time in the 1:51.4 mile.

After reviewing the stretch drive, the judges determined that Classic Martine never had enough room to get through and Bee A Magician did not interfere.

Bee A Magician, the 5-2 second choice, was a head winner over Classic Martine with Handover Belle in third by three quarters of a length.

At three, Bee A Magician was unbeaten in her 17 starts, including a Breeders Crown, but she got off to a slow start at four. This was her fourth win of the year, finishing in-the-money in 12 of 16 starts.

Bee A Magician [No.3]

“It’s a big step up of class,” noted Sears of the progression from age three to four. “She was raced hard last year, on her toes all of last year. It was a slow start, but Nifty did a great job. She was terrific tonight.

“I did get a good middle half in there,” added Sears, who picked up his 25th Breeders Crown victory. “She was pretty strong. I couldn’t give up the inside [in the stretch drive]. She was trotting strong to the wire.”

Lifetime, the Nifty Norman trainee has 31 wins, seven seconds and three thirds from 46 starts. She has career earnings of $2,735,270 for the ownership of Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.

A $90,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, the daughter of Kadabra-Beehive was bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ.

Shake It Cerry became a back-to-back Breeders Crown winner, taking the $500,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot, the ninth race, in a stakes record 1:52.2, two-fifths of a second better than the mark set by Bee A Magician last year.

Shake It Cerry

“They were mixing it up pretty good, and we decided to relax a bit, then I found a live helmet to take us up the last turn,” driver Ron Pierce said of his racing strategy with Shake It Cerry. “Cerry did the rest. She just cruised by them with very little encouragement. She’s holding more flesh and she grew from last year. Jimmy’s done a great job with her. I just can’t say enough about her.”

Shake It Cerry gave trainer Jimmy Takter his 19th Breeders Crown title.

“She’s a standout,” said. Takter. “She had a bad day here on Hambletonian Day [in the Oaks], but besides that she’s been totally flawless. She’s one of the better horses I’ve been around. We’re planning to race her next year. It’s tough to accumulate any revenue [with an older trotting mare], but we’ll try to race her one more year.”

Shake It Cerry finished two and a quarter lengths ahead of New Jersey Sire Stakes star Cee Bee Yes [by Muscles Yankee]. It was three lengths back to Struck By Lindy in third.

It was the ninth straight win for Shake It Cerry who has 15 wins in 16 starts in 2014. Overall, she has 23 wins and has finished in-the-money in 26 of 28 starts. Owned and bred by Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ, Shake It Cerry is a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the Yankee Glide mare Solveig. Her career earnings are $2,058,180.

“The old story about this filly, she’s out of a mare, Solveig, who was named after my mother, and she is so special, this horse,” Takter noted. “Every single race she gives it her all.”

New Jersey-sired Sayitall BB provided the team of Gingras and Burke with their second Breeders Crown of the night in the tenth race, the $593,750 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace. It was the ninth trophy for Gingras and the eighth for Burke.

Sayitall BB

The daughter of Tell All was a three-quarter length winner over Major Dancer in 1:50.3. Beach Gal was two and a quarter lengths back in third.

Sayitall BB has won nine of 15 races this year and earned $502,410 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sent off at 9-1, she paid $21 to win and cut the fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:24.1.

Sayitall BB qualified for the Breeders Crown final by finishing fifth in her elimination last week, edging out Table Talk for the last spot.

“She’s [$1.4 million earner] Go On BB’s sister, and we made a lot of money with her,” Burke said. “We just slipped into this race; I really thought we were sixth [in the elim]. I had already started sending out the apology texts to the owners for putting up all that money.”

Sayitall BB was a $62,500 supplemental entry.

Gallie Bythe Beach, who last week won her Breeders Crown elimination, was scratched sick. It is the second consecutive year Gallie Bythe Beach won her elimination but was unable to compete in the final.

Uffizi Hanover, who won last season’s Breeders Crown at two, went off stride before the start and was not a factor.

“This afternoon, I was studying the program at home, and as I looked over the race, I thought it was a race I could steal,” said Gingras. “So I talked to Ronnie [Burke] and I told him, ‘Tonight, I’m going to leave with this filly.’ As it turned out, I was right. There was no mixing the post positions around. The race worked out perfect for me. It’s been a good year, and it was great tonight to win two Breeders Crown races. We’ve got a lot of power going forward, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night.”

“We got a call on her earlier this spring,” co-owner Mark Weaver said of the purchase of Sayitall BB. “Her older sister is Go On BB, who I think is the richest Indiana-bred of all time. We watched some races from Lebanon and kind of liked what we saw. We thought she’d be a nice non-winner horse and never did I think that she would turn into what she did, or that we would ever spend $62,000 to supplement her to the Breeders Crown, but we did. I’ll be honest; I wasn’t in favor of it. But Ronnie believed in her.”

--All photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.

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