Breeders Crown filled with Canadian connections

October 26, 2018

MILTON, October 26, 2018 – The 35th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s year-end championships, will take place this Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

A total of 12 championship races will be contested to crown a champion in each division and it comes as no surprise to see Saturday’s rich card filled with Canadian connections.

Woodbine top drivers Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson, Bob McClure and Doug McNair will all take their talents to the Keystone State looking for Breeders Crown glory, while a total of 11 Ontario-based trainers (Gregg McNair, Paula Wellwood, Carl Jamieson, Luc Blais, Ben Baillargeon, Susie Kerwood, Jeff Gillis, Stephanie Jamieson, Rick Zeron, Peter Shody & Casie Coleman) will send out a Crown starter on Saturday’s card.

Many of the sport’s leading owners are Canadian and the names of John Fielding, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Serge Godin and Brad Grant can be found multiple-times in this year’s Crown program.

A total of nine Ontario Sires Stakes competitors or graduates will be competing in this year’s Breeders Crown. The group of nine looking to make Ontario proud consists of Champagne Jane, Percy Bluechip, Run Director, Jula Downton, Warrawee Roo, Will Take Charge, Twinkle, Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover.

The full list of Canadian connections in Saturday’s $6 million-plus Breeders Crown can be found below.

Race 3 – $600,000 Breeders Crown: 2-Year-Old Filly Pace

#1 Beautyonthebeach
Trainer: Gregg McNair (Guelph, Ontario)

#3 Tall Drink Hanover
Co-Owner: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario)

#6 Treacherous Reign
Co-Owner: Big Als Stables (Thornhill, Ontario)

#8 Prescient Beauty
Trainer: Gregg McNair (Guelph, Ontario)
Driver: Doug McNair (Guelph, Ontario)

Race 4 – $600,000 Breeders Crown: 2-Year-Old Colt Trot

#4 Smart As Hill
Owners: Dreamville Stable (Cambridge, Ontario) & Steve Organ (Aurora, Ontario)
Trainer: Paula Wellwood (Cambridge, Ontario)
Driver: Bob McClure (Elora, Ontario)

#6 Super Schissel
Co-Owner: Al Libfeld (Pickering, Ontario)

#7 Trix And Stones
Owners: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, Ontario), Joanne Morrison (Beeton, Ontario) & Dr. Robert Boyce (London, Ontario)
Trainer: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, Ontario)

Race 5 – $600,000 Breeders Crown: 2-Year-Old Filly Trot

#1 When Dovescry
Co-Owner: Yves Sarrazin (La Presentation, Quebec)

#3 Champagne Jane
Owner: Determination (Montreal, Quebec)
Trainer: Luc Blais (Campbellville, Ontario)
Driver: Bob McClure (Elora, Ontario)

#5 Special Honor
Co-Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario) & Al Libfeld (Pickering, Ontario)

#6 Whispering Oaks
Co-Owners: R A W Equine (Burlington, Ontario)

#8 The Ice Dutchess
Owner: Coyote Wynd Farms (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Race 6 – $500,000 Breeders Crown: 3-Year-Old Filly Pace

#6 Dance Blue
Co-Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario) & Sam Goldband (Toronto, Ontario)

#9 Kissin In The Sand
Co-Owner: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario)

Race 7 – $500,000 Breeders Crown: 3-Year-Old Trot

#1 Run Director
Owners: Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin (St. Catharines, Ontario)
Trainer: Ben Baillargeon (Guelph, Ontario)
Driver: Sylvain Filion (Milton, Ontario)

#6 Jula Downton
Trainer: Susie Kerwood (Rockwood, Ontario)
Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, Ontario)

#9 Lawmaker
Owners: TheStable Lawmaker Group (Guelph, Ontario)
Driver: Anthony MacDonald (Guelph, Ontario)

Race 8 – $600,000 Breeders Crown: 2-Year-Old Colt Pace

#3 Lyons Johnnyjnr
Owner: Geoffrey Lyons Mound (Brantford, Ontario)
Trainer: Jeff Gillis (Mississauga, Ontario)

#5 Captain Trevor
Co-Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario) & Brad Grant (Milton, Ontario)

Race 9 – $500,000 Breeders Crown: Open Trot

#1 Pinkman
Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, Ontario)

#2 Dunbar Hall
Co-Owner: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, Ontario)
Trainer: Stephanie Jamieson (Moffat, Ontario)
Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, Ontario)

#7 Warrawee Roo
Owner: Determination (Montreal, Quebec)
Trainer: Luc Blais (Campbellville, Ontario)

#8 Will Take Charge
Owner: Mac Nichol (Burlington, Ontario)
Trainer: Jeff Gillis (Mississauga, Ontario)

#9 Marion Marauder
Owners: Jean Wellwood (Stratford, Ontario) & Devin Keeling (Cambridge, Ontario)
Trainer: Paula Wellwood (Cambridge, Ontario)

Race 11 – $500,000 Breeders Crown: 3-Year-Old Filly Trot

#1 Plunge Blue Chip
Co-Owner: Rick Zeron Stables (Oakville, Ontario)

#3 Atlanta
Co-Owners: Rick Zeron (Oakville, Ontario), Holland Racing Stable (Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario) & Brad Grant (Milton, Ontario)
Trainer: Rick Zeron (Oakville, Ontario)

#6 Courtney Hanover
Co-Owners: Rick Zeron Stables (Oakville, Ontario), Paul Marion (Emrun, Ontario) & Bruno Dipoce (Wasaga Beach, Ontario)
Trainer: Rick Zeron (Oakville, Ontario)
Driver: Rick Zeron (Oakville, Ontario)

#8 Manchego
Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, Ontario)

Race 12 – $530,000 Breeders Crown: 3-Year-Old Colt Pace

#3 Springsteen
Co-Owner: Allard Racing Inc (Saint-Esprit, Quebec)

#4 Thinkbig Dreambig
Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, Ontario)

#6 American History
Co-Owner: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario)

Race 13 – $250,000 Breeders Crown: Mare Trot

#5 Emoticon Hanover
Owner: Determination (Montreal, Quebec)
Trainer: Luc Blais (Campbellville, Ontario)

#7 Pink Pistol
Owner: Knightstalker Stable (Oshawa, Ontario)
Trainer: Peter Shody (Oshawa, Ontario)

#8 Ariana G
Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, Ontario) & Al Libfeld (Pickering, Ontario)

Race 14 – $430,000 Breeders Crown: Open Pace

#3 McWicked
Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, Ontario)

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