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Divine Caroline, Solar Sister win Crown 3FP elims
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - from the Breeders Crown

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Toronto, ON---Divine Caroline is living up to her name.

The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven has been absolutely divine in October, winning three consecutive races, including a $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:51.3 Saturday night (Oct. 17) at Woodbine Racetrack.

 
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Divine Caroline and driver David Miller won their Breeders Crown elimination in 1:51.3.

This was a horse who could only cobble together one win in 11 starts in her rookie season, but she’s been sensational as a sophomore, in particular the last few weeks.

She posted a lifetime mark with a 1:49.2  victory the week before in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. The ship to Canada had little effect as she is so sharp now.

Driven by Dave Miller for trainer Joe Holloway, Divine Caroline followed first-over cover after half a mile and into the stretch, after which she strutted her elegant stride to take the lead halfway from the wire and won by an easy 2-¾ lengths. She was the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine.

“She’s very good in coming off the pace,” Holloway said.”She’s blossomed inside of the last month and it’s a good time of the year. It’s tough for horses to stay good all year.”

Stablemate Bettor Be Steppin was the better of the two earlier in the year and also the more dominant one last year. Bettor Be Steppin finished fifth in her elimination earlier in the card to advance to the final.

Divine Caroline is owned by Val D’or Farms, Theodore Gewertz, Rojan Stables and Michael Ouriel. Val D’or Farms, Gewertz and Rojan Stables own Bettor Be Steppin.

“Earlier in the year Bettor Be Steppin was the better of the two and right now Caroline’s racing great,” Holloway added. “Earlier in the year she wasn’t winning, but she wasn’t getting beat by much. She seemed to put it together as of late. She’s gotten bigger. Through the course of the summer, she’s grown almost a hand. She’s a tall mare, starting to fill out. I think she’s going to be a force next year because she’s going to be so much bigger and stronger.”

Divine Caroline paid $3.30, $2.40, $2.10. Bedroomconfessions placed second and paid $5.00 and $3.40. Sassa Hanover, who overtook early pacesetter Band Of Angels to take lead at the half mark and held that place into the top of the stretch, paid $3.40 to show.

With her sixth win in 19 starts this year and her seventh in 30 career starts, Divine Caroline increased her career bankroll to more than $470,000.

--Perry Lefko

Solar Sister wins Crown elim

Solar Sister and driver Doug McNair came right back from an impressive victory in last week's Ontario Sires Stakes Super final to capture the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown sophomore pacing filly division in 1:52.1 Saturday night (Oct. 17) at Woodbine Racetrack.

 
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Solar Sister and Doug McNair won their Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:52.1.

In a wide-open and competitive event, Solar Sister was sent off as the 7-2 second choice and McNair left enough in the early stages to get a three-hole as first The Show Returns blasted to the front and then was passed by Southwind Roulette with driver Yannick Gingras.

Southwind Roulette took the field to the quarter in :27.1 and virtually walked to the half in :57 flat as the outside flow was slow to materialize.

Bettor Be Steppin, the lukewarm favorite in the field of nine, pulled but awaited cover and once past the half Solar Sister was taken to the outside by McNair and the race began. Tracking second-over cover was the undefeated Frost Damage Blues with Bettor Be Steppin third-over.

Solar Sister reached even terms with the pacesetting Southwind Roulette as the third quarter was blitzed in 1:24.3. The well-bred daughter of Mach Three hit high gear for McNair in the homestretch and sprinted away from the leaders to win y a length.

Frost Damage Blues lost for the first time in her brief career, but was a solid second, earning a trip to the final. Southwind Roulette held on for third with The Show Returns finding space between horses to get fourth with Bettor Be Steppin narrowly nosing Wicked Little Minx from a spot in the rich final.

McNair, who guided Solar Sister for his dad, trainer Greg McNair, and owners David Willmot and Clay Horner was quite happy with the way the trip worked out for the filly.

"I was able to sit with her for five-eighths of a mile. She's actually very good coming from off the pace," McNair said.

The victory was the eighth of the season in 15 starts for Solar Sister, a homebred.

--Jay Bergman

$500,000 Breeders Crown final -- 3-year-old pacing fillies
Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer

1-Divine Caroline-D Miller-J Holloway           
2-Bettor Be Steppin-C Callahan-J Holloway            
3-Solar Sister-D McNair-R McNair             
4-Bedroomconfessions-Ti Tetrick-T Alagna             
5-Mosquito Blue Chip-C Callahan-P Jessop            
6-Southwind Roulette-Y Gingras-R Burke               
7-Frost Damage Blues-B Sears-T Fanning             
8-The Show Returns-J Campbell-C Ryder             
9-Stacia Hanover-S Zeron-S Elliott            
10-Sassa Hanover-M Kakaley-R Burke              
AE:1 Wrangler Magic-S Filion-S Larocque           
AE:2 Wicked Little Minx-B Miller-N Johansson          



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