Monday, September 12, 2011

‘Quillen’ elims attract ‘Crown’ hopefuls

The eliminations for the Bobby Quillen Memorial are set for Sept. 12 and attract world champions and the defending champion Foiled Again and five other Breeders Crown-eligibles in the older pacing horse division (non-eligibles are do not have sires listed). The 2009 winner Won The West (Western Hanover) is not participating this year.

In the first elimination, Foiled Again (Dragon Again) is the likely favorite and one to beat. In the exotics, Summer Camp (Rocknroll Hanover) looks like a key for second. He returned to Josh Green, who had him at the beginning of the year in the Clyde Hirt and Exit 16W late closers at the Meadowlands. “Summer” has been participating in many Opens and Winners Of events in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. Summer gets a home field advantage, since he knows the track really well. Clear Vision (Western Hanover) is also eligible for the Breeders Crown.

In the second elimination, Atochia (Dragon Again) is the morning line favorite, along with his stablemate Dreamlands Art. The public will likely ignore the two best horses on the half mile, Giddy Up Lucky (Camluck) and Real Nice. “Lucky” has reigned over the Open ranks on the half mile ovals on the east coast. Real Nice beat Foiled Again in the George Morton Levy Pacing series and has done well since. They are a good key to box in the exotics. Hypnotic Blue Chip (Art Major) is also eligible for the Breeders Crown.

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