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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – November 22, 2014 – The final eight events of the 2014 Breeders Crown are in the books as Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, John Campbell each posted two wins, JK She’salady remained unbeaten and an 11-year-old chestnut gelding named Commander Crowe impressed in the open trot on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Meadowlands.

4th Race $500,000 2yo C&G Trot
Pinkman, the even-money favorite, held off Muscle Diamond to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Trot, the fourth race, by a half length in 1:53.2.

The time was a fifth of a second off the world record on a mile track held by Outburst and equaled the stakes record held by Manofmanymissions.


“I tried to pick the best horse,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras, winner of three Crowns this year and 10 lifetime. “Habitat [another entrant raced by Gingras] had a great year, but Pinkman was coming into this race super sharp, getting better and better every week. I just thought he was my best shot. He was so good on the front end a the qualifier. Tonight it was his race to lose and I wanted him up on the front.”

For trainer Jimmy Takter, Pinkman was his 20th Breeders Crown winner.

“He set a world record with a shoe bent off by about an inch-and-a-half,” Takter said. “Yeah. I think when Yannick tried to pull him up [for a recall], he stepped on himself.

“He never gives up,” Takter said of Pinkman. “I had him entered in the Harrisburg Sale. He was nice, but we castrated him. By the time it was time to put him in the sale, he raced good in Lexington.”

Pinkman. A $77,000 Lexington Selected Yearling purchase, won the Valley Victory among his six wins in eight starts. The gelded son of Explosive Matter, bred by O Narutec Equine Nursery, has now earned $566,960 for the ownership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman.

Muscle Diamond, a New Jersey-sired son of Muscle Hill, rallied for second. It was two and a quarter lengths back to another New Jersey Sire Stakes star, French Laundry, in third.

5th Race $500,000 2yo Filly Pace

While Jimmy Takter has 20 Breeders Crown winners in his career, his daughter, 33-year-old Nancy Johansson picked up her the first of her career with unbeaten JK She’salady in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, the fifth race.

JK She’salady, sent off as the 1-9 favorite, was launched to the lead down the backstretch and held off the challenge of Sassa Hanover for a length and three-quarter victory. Bettor Be Steppin was third by six and three-quarter lengths.

JK She'salady

Tim Tetrick guided the Art Major filly to her 12th win in her 12th start. Previous wins included the Eternal Camnation, She’s a Great Lady and Three Diamonds Stakes.

The 1:50.2 mile set both a stakes and Meadowlands track records for a two-year-old pacing filly.

“I’m very honored to get to drive her,” said Tetrick. Yannick [Gingras, who drove Sassa Hanover] didn’t take her, and I was happy to take her. I protected myself in the first turn. She did the rest. My mare just put Sassa away. To drive a great filly like this was an honor.

The flawless filly is owned by her breeder, 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, has earned $883,330 and locked up divisional honors.

“In February, I asked my dad if he had any good two-year-old fillies, and I said he could just leave them home because I had the best one,” said Johansson. “So I guess I was right. I knew she was going to be good, I didn’t know she was going to be this good, so that’s always a pleasant surprise. But she’s just super special, and I’m blessed to have her in my barn.

“She’s going for a vacation in North Carolina,” she added. “She deserves some better weather. She’ll get six weeks off.”

6th Race $400,000 Open Pace

It took a photo finish and a determined stretch drive by Thinking Out Loud to catch 8-5 favorite Sweet Lou at the wire to win by a head in the $400,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace in the sixth race.

Hall of Famer John Campbell, the all-time winningest driver in the Breeders Crown, recorded his 46th Crown trophy with the five-year-old son of Ponder who provided trainer Robert McIntosh with his 16th Crown.

It was Campbell’s fifth win in the open pace division.

Thinking Out Loud crossed the wire in 1:48.3 f

“I was third over but had a hard time keeping him,” said Campbell. “He kicked-in in the stretch and raced his best in the stretch. He’s just a real good closer and always has been.”

Thinking Out Loud

The son of Ponder now has 16 wins, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 54 career starts, banking $1,872,358. He races in the name of the Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc.

“It’s very special with one I raised myself, and I raced his father,” said McIntosh. “I knew it was going to be very tough. This is the best bunch of free for allers in my 40 years in the business. It was a helluva race, a helluva finish.”

In the tight finish, Sweet Lou, who had cut the fractions, was a head back and it was a neck to State Treasurer in third. All seven starters finished within two and three-quarter lengths.

7th Race $500,000 2yo C&G Pace

Traceur Hanover, a New Jersey-sired son of Western Ideal, captured the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace, the seventh race, holding off the bid of 7-5 favorite In The Arsenal for a half-length victory.

Traceur Hanover

Lyons Levi Lewis, the subject of an inquiry after he and Franzo broke stride in the first turn, was third by a length and three-quarters.

The mile was paced in 1:51 flat.

“There were a lot of breakers and a lot going on there,” said Andy Miller who picked up his fifth Breeders Crown driving victory. “We just had to bide our time and wait to get through it all. Traceur Hanover was super last week, he had a good week this week, thought he’d be right on his toes. was a little worried about making the move I did, but I beat Sears [Brian Sears with In The Arsenal] last week, and he knew I had a good horse, and he was willing to follow me.

“He was super, he was good last week and came back with the same effort this week,” Miller added.

It was the first Breeders Crown win for trainer Corey Johnson. The $100,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is owned by Richard Berthiaume.

Traceur Hanover has five wins three seconds and one third in 14 starts for earnings of $412,520.

8th Race $281,250 Mares Pace

Shelliscape, the 2013 Breeders Crown winner, did not get much respect, sent off at odds of 11-1, but she won the eighth race, $281,250 Breeders Crown Mares Pace, for the second consecutive year, giving trainer PJ Fraley victories in this division for the third straight year.

John Campbell was at the lines and racked up his 47th Breeders Crown victory.

Shelliscape, a five-year-old daughter of Artiscape bred by Midland Acres, was last in the field of 11 on the turn for home and Campbell peeled off cover for the mid-track stretch drive, for the half-length victory over New Jersey-sired Rocklamation [Rocknroll Hanover]. Charisma Hanover was third by one and a quarter lengths.


The mile was clocked in 1:49.4, off fractions of 26, 53.1 and 1:21.4.

“She’s raced well and had dull cover again tonight, but she made up a lot of ground,” said Campbell. “When I got away so bad, I was hoping the fractions would be stiff. When I moved over at the head of the stretch, I knew she’d get a piece of it. I’d rather race in front, you don’t have to make a lot of decisions, but sometimes you have to race off the pace.”

Shelliscape posted her fourth win of the year and improved her career record to 16 wins, six seconds and 18 thirds in 73 starts for earnings of $1,293,227 for Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ. She was a $25,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling purchase.

The Fraley-trained Anndrovette, who won in the Mares Open in 2012, was fourth.

9th Race $500,000 3yo C&G Trot

Father Patrick repelled EL Titan on the outside and Nuncio on the inside to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Trot, the ninth race, in a stakes record 1:51.4.

Sent off as the 6-5 favorite, Father Patrick was a neck winner, giving driver Yannick Gingras his fourth Crown this year and 11th overall. Trainer Jimmy Takter improved his total to 21.

Father Patrick

Nuncio was third by two and a quarter.

Owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms. The son of Cantab Hall – Gala Dream, a $105,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, lifted his bankroll to $2,437,138 lifetime.

Father Patrick, a two-time Breeders Crown champion, has won 12 of 17 starts this year and 22 of 28 over two years.

“He’s had a couple of unfortunate breaks throughout the year, but I always thought he was the horse to beat, the best horse in the race,” said Gingras. “Jimmy Takter has done a great job with him, keeping him sharp throughout the year. He’s put up a huge performance. He showed up tonight and showed us what a great horse he is.”

10th Race $531,250 3yo C&G Pace

McWicked, the 9-5 second choice, drew off for a half-length victory in the $531,250 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Pace, the tenth race.


The complexion of the race changed twice during the day as two likely favorites were scratched: Limelight Beach was a morning scratch sick and Always B Miki was scratched lame minutes before post time.

Ed James of the SSG Stables of North Boston, NY purchased McWicked for $210,000 out of the Harrisburg Mixed Sale. This year the son of McArdle has banked $1.3 million toward a career total of $1,484,274 with 13 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds from 31 starts.

Brian Sears was in the sulky of the Casie Coleman-trained pacer. Sears picked up his 26th Crown and it was the fourth for Coleman.

Somesizesomestyle, a 36-1 longshot, was second while 3-5 favorite, JK Endofanera, was third by three-quarters of a length.

“He started the year awesome, not so good in the[Little Brown] Jug, and had some subpar starts,” said trainer Casie Coleman. “This week he was awesome.”

11th Race $500,000 Open Trot

Commander Crowe, a flashy chestnut and, at 11, the oldest winner, captured the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot, the 11th race.

Commander Crowe

Maven, a two-time Crown winner and the only mare in the race, made a strong bid but finished second by three-quarters of a length in the stakes record equaling mile of 1:51 flat.

Creatine, bidding up the inside finally found room to finish third by a length.

Commander Crowe took the lead before the 54.4 half and tripped the three-quarters in 1:22.4, tossing in a 27.1 last quarter to match Market Share’s stakes record set in 2013.

“He’s a very tough horse, and still at this age can do a lot of work,” said Orjan Kihlostrom, making his debut as a Breeders Crown driver. “He’s just a fantastic horse.”

Trained by Fabrice Souloy, Commander Crowe is owned by Snogarps Gard of Ystad, Sweden.

The victory pushed the chestnut gelding’s lifetime earnings to $5,099,590 with 61 wins 18 seconds and eight thirds from 108 starts.

“She tried her heart out tonight,” Yannick Gingras said of Maven. “She’s a great horse, no doubt about it, you know, racing against the boys tonight, and she didn’t trip out. She worked hard and had to come first up and she just went an incredible mile, but nothing surprises me about her. She’s a pleasure to be around.”

--Photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.

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