Bar Hopping wins Breeders Crown for 3-year-old males
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Bar Hopping foiled Trotting Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder's chances to add a Breeders Crown to his laurels with a stakes record-equaling 1:51.4 win in the $500,000 race for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Trained by Jimmy Takter, Bar Hopping finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Southwind Frank and paid $3.80 to win with Tim Tetrick in the bike.
It was Takter's 30th win in the Breeders Crown and the 18th for Tetrick.
Marion Marauder was never in contention, finishing 10th and last.
It was a busy night. Heavily favored Ariana G was the winner and stablemate Princess Aurora was second in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old trotting fillies.
It was a photo finish win in the $600,000 2-year-old colt trot with long-shot Someomensomewhere making driver Marcus Miller a winner in his first Breeders Crown start.
Walner stamped himself as the early favorite for the 2017 Hambletonian with a track- and stakes-record 1:53 win in the $600,000 Crown for 2-year-old trotting colts.
Huntsville came within a fifth of world record, getting to the wire in 1:49.1 to win the $600,000 Crown for juvenile male pacers.
Broadway Donna and driver David Miller turned in their fourth consecutive stakes win with a victory in the $500,000 Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. The win by two lengths was in 1:53.1.
Call Me Queen Be shook off a persistent LA Delight as the two battled down the homestretch of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.4. It was the first Crown win for driver Scott Zeron.
Racing Hill (Brett Miller) posted a stakes record in capturing the $500,000 race for 3-year-old pacing males in 1:48. It was the second Crown for Brett Miller. Somebeachsomewhere was the precious record holder with 1:48.3 in 2008.