Southwind Tyrion Seizes Breeders Crown Open Trot

Southwind Tyrion
Published: October 29, 2023 12:39 am EDT

Trainer Ake Svanstedt again found the winner’s circle in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot, though not with his 3-5 trainee Alrajah One IT. Svanstedt steered stablemate Southwind Tyrion off a pocket ride to a 1:52.2 victory on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.

Logan Park (Doug McNair) powered for the lead to a :26.2 first quarter with Southwind Tyrion settling into second. Alrajah One IT raced in fifth and found himself forced to tip first over up the backstretch to a :56.2 half.

The favourite marched forward through the final turn to loom alongside Logan Park, passing three-quarters in 1:25.2, but found himself in troubled waters through the straightaway and began losing ground in the final eighth. When the passing lane opened, Southwind Tyrion darted inside of Logan Park and pulled clear by 1-3/4 lengths to land the spoils over Its Academic (David Miller). Rattle My Cage, off at 73-1 with Yannick Gingras, finished third and Logan Park held fourth.

“He had a good post and he’s quick behind the gate, so when he got the position he had, I was satisfied,” Sarah Svanstedt said. “We had the same trip last week, but we did some equipment changes on him for this night and obviously it worked out. He’s like a car to drive (and) very nice to manage. When he leaves that helmet, he’s 100 percent into the work.”

The victory by Southwind Tyrion gave trainer Ake Svanstedt three straight victories in the Open Trot, making him the first trainer to win the event for three straight years as well as the first trainer to win it three times. Svanstedt scored back-to-back victories in the Open Trot from 2021 to 2022 with European import Ecurie D.

Southwind Tyrion also marked the fourth victory of the 2023 Breeders Crown for Ake Svanstedt. He is the first to win four events in the same year while many trainers have won three. The record stands at six victories in one year set in 2015 by Jimmy Takter.

It was Southwind Tyrion’s 12th win from 24 career starts and has now earned $845,613. The five-year-old stallion by Muscle Hill-Taylor Jean competes for owners S R F Stable, Ake Svanstedt, Knutsson Trotting, and Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing. Southwind Farms bred the winner, who was 6-1 and returned a $14 mutuel.

A replay of this race can be viewed as part of the archived Saturday card live stream, available here.

(Breeders Crown)

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