'Voelz' Rolls Into Breeders Crown

Published: November 17, 2014 09:31 am EST

“She’s shows you everything. I’ve had drivers come back and say to me ‘She wasn’t on the bit tonight, or she wasn’t good – they can tell right away, especially her regular driver Randy (Waples), he knows her so well. When she’s really good, she lets you know.”

Richard Berthiaume’s Voelz Hanover won the Breeders Crown prep race on Saturday in 1:51.2 for driver Brian Sears and trainer Corey Johnson. The nine-year-old mare by Astreos paid $13.60.

This will be her fourth Crown appearance, her best being runner-up to Dreamfair Eternal in 2010 at Pocono.

Johnson raved about the consistency of his charge, who has won seven of 17 races this year and $277,800.

“I’ve had her about two years but never raced her in the Breeders Crown,” Johnson said. “I’ve raced her in a few stakes and she just hasn’t been lucky, though she did win the Milton this year and she was awesome, I think that was her biggest score. She’s got over $1.7 million on her card and it’s mostly in overnights. She’s a wonderful mare, I love her. This is the first time I’ve taken her down here though."

Voelz Hanover was scratched from her last start and came into her Breeders Crown prep off a qualifying mile, albeit one in which she beat sophomore pacing star Hes Watching in 1:53.4.

“We scratched her a couple of weeks ago (Oct. 18) because she seemed a little tied up and with the Breeders Crown coming up we didn’t want to risk anything,” Johnson said. “I gave her a couple of weeks off, trained her a few times and then qualified her, but those qualifying lines just don’t do her justice. To pick up Brian Sears is a huge plus. Brian’s a great driver; I can’t say enough about him. He’s committed to me for next week, too.”

$281,250 Open Mare Pace
Post - Horse
1. Camille
2. Charisma Hanover
3. Voelz Hanover
4. Somwherovrarainbow
5. Yagonnakissmeornot (supplement)
6. Shelliscape
7. Krispy Apple
8. Anndrovette
9. Rocklamation
10. Regil Elektra
11. Venus Delight (supplement)

(Breeders Crown/HRC)

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