|Woodbine Racetrack - 2011 Breeders' Crown Night|
As many race Favourites performed to expectation, there were few surprises to be unraveled last night for Fans and international Betting Public. A spirit of Community could be felt deeply among Racing Fans with local Hero San Pail being victorious in his division the $600k Breeders' Crown Open Trot, holding-on narrowly against French competitor Commander Crowe - perhaps a namesake tribute to Russell Crowe and his performance in Peter Weir's Master and Commander.
Fans donning I ♥ SAN PAIL Buttons - and there were many - could be heard cheering loudly in the Grandstand and some so proud they were in tears at the success of the seven-year-old equine Hero who likely will be crowned Canadian Standardbred Horse of the Year in 2011. In a rare occasion, Supporters were welcomed into the Winner's Circle to take a Photograph with charismatic Driver Randall Waples and San Pail himself! One kind Fan even captured a Photo of the Winner of over- $1.2 million this year alone, leaning-in as if to give me a peck!
See a Video below of the Race I captured:
...and that's why I've loved Horse Racing since I was a Kid.
Fans also got to witness the World Record-setting performance by a v. special 2 year-old Pacer (different from Trotters) Colt named Sweet Lou who stopped the clocks at the one-mile distance in 1:49, besting the finishing times of Horses his senior last night in other divisions.
And despite losing every single race on the Card, the all-time Record-holding Driver for most Breeders' Crown wins, John Campbell, saved the best for last with a Win in the evening's marquee Race, the Breeders' Crown Open Pace with Bettor Sweet.
See some more Photos of the historic night:
|San Pail meets his Fans|
|Randall Waples, Driver of San Pail|
|Bettor Sweet, Winner of 2011 Breeders' Crown Open Pace|
|Sweet Lou - Winner of 2011 Breeders' Crown 2 Year-Old Colt Pace|
|Androvette, Winner of 2011 Breeders' Crown Mare Pace|
|Betterthancheddar, Winner of 3 Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace|
|Cedar Dove - Winner of 2011 3 Year-Old Filly Trot|
|John Campbell & Mr. Will-W.|
|Randall Waples & Mr. Will-W.|
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will-W.)