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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pierce Scores Crown Sweep With Filly Trotters

Driver Ron Pierce completed a sweep of the two and three-year-old trotting filly divisions on Saturday night when Cedar Dove captured the $500,000 Breeders Crown. Earlier in the card Pierce was called upon to drive Check Me Out in the $600,000 and he converted that opportunity into an easy score.

“Check Me Out was unbelievable. I let her trot on her own and only touched her late in the mile. She’s something special,” said Pierce about the daughter of the colt he made famous Donato Hanover. Check Me Out, who scored for the 12th time in 14 starts this year may not be done yet with her brilliant juvenile campaign. Trainer Ray Schnittker suggested following the 1:54.4 mile that there could be another stakes event around the corner. “I think we’ll supplement her to the Matron (Dover Downs) he said.

Cedar Dove’s trip was pretty similar to Check Me Out’s as Pierce allowed the Schnittker-trained and driven Jezzy get the top before him and then was able to hustle his favored filly to the front In a soft :57 opening half. From that point on the Noel Daley-trained filly just cruised to the wire posting a 1:25.3 three quarter clocking followed by a :28 second sprint finishing well clear of Crys Dream in the 1:53.3 mile.

A hard-luck story early in the season when she refused to relax, Cedar Dove has now scored two major divisional triumphs in a row. Prior to her victory in the Crown the Andover Hall-sired lass set a track record in her Crown elimination and scored a straight heat victory in the Kentucky Futurity filly division at The Red Mile.