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Saturday Breeders Crowns Complete

Published: October 28, 2017 5:50 pm ET

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The Breeders Crown championships concluded on Saturday (October 28) at Hoosier Park with the six male finals. With the eyes of the world on Indiana's harness racing industry, Indiana-sired horses stepped up with three wins on the evening, just missing a fourth.

Here are Trot Insider's recaps of the six Breeders Crown finals.

Split The House Never Better
A lightly-raced and fresh Split The House stepped up in a big way with a lifetime best performance in the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace final to round out the championship series action for 2017 on Saturday (October 28) at Hoosier Park....read on

Emotional Win For Beckhams Z Tam
Indiana-sired horses have now won two of the last three Breeders Crowns in the glamour boy division as Beckhams Z Tam knocked off favoured Downbytheseaside in the $527,500 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Final on Saturday at Hoosier Park....read on

What The Hill Cements Divisional Honours
With a trip resembling the Canadian Trotting Classic, What The Hill enjoyed a pocket ride into the stretch before unleashing a powerful kick to capture the $527,500 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Final on Saturday at Hoosier Park....read on

Stay Hungry Devours His Rivals
As Indiana-sired horses looked to sweep the first three Breeders Crown finals on Saturday night, a determined Stay Hungry and driver Doug McNair played the spoiler in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Final....read on

Fiftydallarbill Increases His Value
Indiana sire Swan For All swept the first two Breeders Crown events on Saturday night as Fiftydallarbill posted the mild upset in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Final....read on

Hannelore Hanover Bests The Boys Again
With a strong stretch kick, Hannelore Hanover fulfilled her public support by confidently capturing the $526,250 Breeders Crown Open Trot to kick off the Saturday night finals at Hoosier Park....read on

It was definitely Indiana’s time on many platforms during the second of two nights of action for the Breeders Crown Championships. The track pulled in a fantastic crowd that filled every portion of the grandstand.

“We had more than $4 million in handle over two nights of the Breeders Crown Championships,” said Jim Brown, President and COO of Centaur Gaming. “We set individual nightly records both evenings for our handle. The Breeders Crown brought in 400 percent more than our average weekend handle. We couldn’t be prouder of our team at Hoosier Park, our horsemen and horsewomen, and all of the sponsors that have been along for such an amazing ride in bringing the Breeders Crown to Indiana. It was an electric weekend led by three great performances by three outstanding Indiana bred horses.”

Over the last two evenings, more than $4 million was wagered on Hoosier Park in all sources handle, breaking record handle each consecutive night. On Saturday night alone, Hoosier Park set an all-time handle record for harness racing with $2.1 million wagered.

“The Breeders Crown in Indiana has been an extraordinary experience,” said Tom Charters, retiring president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. “Four years ago, some would say it was kind of a leap of faith to consider having the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. After meeting with Rick Moore (vice president and general manager of racing at Hoosier Park) and Jack Kieninger (president of the Indiana Standardbred Association), it was amazing of the support of Hoosier Park and the Indiana horsemen and the Hambletonian board. I thought it was magical to have 10 Indiana breds make the finals of the Breeders Crown. Having three of them win is almost a fairy tale. I hope I’m back to attend the next one at Hoosier Park.”

Live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues through Friday, Nov. 17 with a regular first post time of 6:30 p.m.

The Breeders Crown championships kicked off for the females on Friday night with six Finals. Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras each clicked for three Breeders Crown wins. They teamed up to win with Manchego (two-year-old filly trot) and Ariana G (three-year-old filly trot); Takter also won the Open Mare Pace with Pure Country, while Gingras teamed with Youaremycandygirl in the two-year-old filly pace final.

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