The eliminations for the Breeders Crown finals are being contested this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands. Here is a preview of the elimination races being contested on Saturday.
2 Year Old Colt and Gelding Trot
1st Division (2nd Race) - Habitat finished 3rd in Valley Victory but went on to win the Matron; looking to repeat. Pinkman won the Valley Victory but took week off to qualify. This is Takter versus Burke and Burke may win this battle. Centurion ATM won Simpson at Vernon Downs. Peter Haughton winner can compete at this level and may take it all. Infiniti AS raced in lower conditioned race; deserves a chance at this level. Won't win but may grab a piece. The Bank is another Takter horse who should move on to the final.
2nd Division (4th Race) - French Laundry doesn't draw the best of posts but appears best. Stonebridge Force is winless and has been getting buried. Draws inside and Svanstedt returns to the bike. Expect more aggressive driver and may land share. Muscle Diamond has been a consistent sort and should complete exotics. Piecewave Hanover another Burke trainee who has shown some good efforts at Lexington. Whataworkout should advance if he stays flat.
3 Year Old Colt and Gelding Pace
1st Division (5th Race) - Always B Miki is the hot one and figures to be fighting it to the end. JK Endofanera's win streak came to a surprising end in Monument Circle. Expect to return to typical form and can better rating here. He's Watching has had two qualifiers and am expecting better from him. Let's Drink On It prepped against older to toughen up and figures in the picture. Parnu Hanover attempts an ambitious hike in class here and getting to next week would be a success.
2nd Division (7th Race) - Mcwicked has tailed off but expect Coleman to have him ready for best effort. Worth a look. Limelight Beach avoids Always B Miki and JK Endofanera here; the logical pick but hoping Mcwicked is able to beat him out. Doo Wop Hanover draws the rail and may complete trifecta. Capital Account and Somestarsomewhere figure to advance to the final.
2 Year Old Colt and Geld Trot
1st Division (8th Race) - Go Daddy Go raced well in Governors Cup with bad posts. With the rail expecting a victory from him. Lost For Words had bang up qualifier. May land second with a trip. Rich Wisdom was looking good before last week. Tossing that one and look for a good showing; may improve rating. Franzo has looked poor in recent efforts. Expect Takter to have this one going better and should advance to final with Lyons Again.
2nd Division (11th Race) - Arque Hanover has raced well at Woodbine and can win with a trip. Traceur Hanover has suffered from poor post draw of late. Looks to take advantage of the rail. In The Arsenal has won last four but gets saddled with poor post draw. May manage to grab minor spoils. Bet You and Cartoon Daddy look to move on to next week.
(10th Race) - With four horses getting the bye, six horses will be looking to move on to next week. Arch Madness faltered in International Preview at the end. Wishing Stone didn't race well at Dayton but otherwise has been going against the best. Return to the mile track makes him competitive. May be able to go all the way. Archangel seems to be able to land the show spot and offer some value to exotics. Maven draws the worst for new owner. Mare should advance along with Your So Vain and Sevruga.