There was one big surprise; pacing mare Put On A Show was one of 10 pacers entered in the $500,000 Open Pace, a first in Breeders Crown history.
The other nine older pacers, all males, are Aracache Hanover, Bettor Sweet, Foiled Again, Foreclosure N, Golden Receiver, Hypnotic Blue Chip, Razzle Dazzle, Up The Credit and We Will See.
The $600,000 Crown Trot has only six older males, including division-leader Chapter Seven and foreign invitee Commander Crowe. Former "Crown" champ Arch Madness, Hot Shot Blue Chip, Daylon Magician and Mister Herbie are also in the field.
The following races will go straight to finals: $500,000 two-year-old Filly Trot with 10 entered; $500,000 three-year-old Filly Trot with 11 entered; $331,500 Mare Pace with 11 entered; $500,000 Crown Pace with 10 entered; and the $600,000 Crown Trot with six entered.
All other divisions have eliminations and there are some bye situations. Freshmen eliminations will be held Friday (Oct. 19) and the sophomore divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday (Oct. 20). The first five finishers from each elim will advance to the final. Elimination winners get to pick their post position for the following week's final.
Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. In the Thursday morning TwinSpires harness blog, a bettors' analysis will be presented, along with additional wagering suggestions for the finals.