On Saturday night, Woodbine Racetrack hosted all twelve of the Breeders Crown championship races for all the divisions of trotters and pacers. Rains all day stopped in time for the races, although it was quite cold at about 45 degrees, with a track rated good. Each race was carded at the standard 1 mile distance, two turns around the 7/8 mile track.
The Breeders Crown got underway Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack with a stirring half-length victory by 9-1 Tamla Celeber S and catch driver Brian Sears in the $250,000 Open Mare Pace. After 9-10 favorite Frenchfrysnvinegar took the lead through a half in 27 seconds and 3/4 in 56 1/5, Sears moved Tamla Celeber S to the outside for room. After 7/8 in 1:40 3/5, Tamla Celeber S took over the lead for good, outfinishing the favorite in 1:55 2/5. It was another length back to 30-1 longshot Mystical Starlight third.
Driver Brian Sears said, "I didn't really know what to expect, but they thought pretty highly of the (mare). I was able to get her somewhat into the race from the 10-hole, I ended up third or fourth over, and she really responded. She's a very nice filly. There is some wind playing a little bit out there. When horses get used in the wind, they kind of know it. The trip worked out good and she fired home strong."