from the Breeders Crown
Wilkes-Barre, PA — Somebeachsomewhere gelding This Is The Plan powered to the front early and wired his competition with a 1:51 performance to take the second of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday (Oct. 20).
The Ron Burke trainee slid to the top from post seven with I’m A Big Deal securing the pocket to a :26.4 quarter. Courtly Choice, sent the 4-5 favorite and positioned fourth to the quarter, angled first over and ranged into second heading to a :55.4 half.
Courtly Choice continued to pressure This Is The Plan heading past three-quarters in 1:23.1 before giving way into the final turn. This Is The Plan spun into the stretch and sprinted to the wire under pursuit from I’m A Big Deal chasing to finish second ahead of American History, circling past Courtly Choice from second-over, closed for third.
Winning his third race in 16 starts this season and his fifth in 29 overall, This Is The Plan, out of the Western Ideal mare That’s The Plan, competes for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Silva Purnel and Libby and Lawrence Karr.
Yannick Gingras drove the gelding, who was bred by Moni Market Breeders and paid $18.80 to win.
Driver Matt Kakaley positioned Dorsoduro Hanover fourth to the quarter as Hitman Hill swooped to the top from post seven. Thinkbig Dreambig, away second, pulled from the pocket approaching the quarter and cleared past the :27.1 opening marker while Dorsoduro Hanover made his move first over in progress to a :55.2 half.
Dorsoduro Hanover controlled the pace heading to three-quarters with Ideal Feeling, tracking the favorite’s stand-side brush, advancing into second through the 1:22.4 clip. Thinkbig Dreambig, off the pocket trip, thrust into the passing lane after Dorsoduro Hanover through the stretch but settled for second in the 1:50.1 mile. Springsteen, trailing the field throughout, fanned widest of all into the stretch and stormed home for third.
“I just didn’t want to be first up tonight,” Kakaley said after the race. “I had him first up in his last couple of starts, so I just controlled things my own way (and) he was really good. When they get to his bridle, he usually digs in and fights — when Yannick (Gingras on Thinkbig Dreambig) shot into the passing lane he just hit another gear; he was super.”
Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel And Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five, Dorsoduro Hanover won his ninth race from 17 starts this season and his 11th from 31 overall, earning $991,856. The Hanover Shoe Farms-bred gelding from the Artsplace mare Deer Valley Miss returned $4.60 to win.
2 — *This Is The Plan – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras
3 – Springsteen – Rene Allard – Simon Allard
4 – Thinkbig Dreambig – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras
5 — *Shnitzledosomethin – Dylan Davis – David Miller
6 – American History – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy
7 – Grand Teton – Jimmy Takter – Andrew McCarthy
8 – Lather Up – Clyde Francis – Montrell Teague
9 – I’m A Big Deal – Chris Ryder – Brett Miller