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Breeders day is a classic 

Fraser Downs' Breeders Classic Day lived up to the billing, as continued top performances by three-year-olds, and track records by two-year-olds, dominated the all-star card on Thursday.

 

Chalk (favorites) more than held its own, led by three-year-old colt Seven Seas Cruiser, part of a 1-5 favored entry, who roared to his sixth victory in a row. Cruiser, owned by John Heras and trained and driven by Tim Brown, captured the winner's share of the $106,800 purse.

 

The son of Scruffy Hanover won by 21/4 lengths in a time of 1:55.1. Starting from the two-hole, Cruiser was beaten to the first turn by Red Star Sammy but grabbed the lead turning in front of the grandstand for the first time. Even with a fast 57-second half he was too tough to catch.

 

He now has eight wins in 17 starts in 2004 and season earnings of more than $122,000.

Sammy was second while Hi Time Ascot, the track record holder for three-year-olds and second choice in the race, was third.

 

Ivys Wine, although narrowly a close second choice (3-2) in the wagering, was the best in the $103,070 race for three-year-old fillies. The daughter of Barnett Hanover made in four straight wins in winning by four lengths in a clocking of 1:56.3.

 

Owned by Bill Boden and trained and driven by Dave Hudon, Ivy was able to overcome a second-tier start. She was seventh at the quarter but attacked first up and by the three-quarter pole was only a half-second behind pacesetter Goaheadandlietome. She had the lead before they turned for home and pulled away.

 

She now has five wins in 14 starts in 2004 and more than $106,000 in season earnings.

Miss St Labush, a 33-1 shot, flashed great closing speed and was second while even-money favorite Da Lil Dudett was third.

 

The only bad news on the day for Ivys Wine is that she lost her track mark for two-year-olds as Betterfrombehind continued to impress in the freshman filly division.

 

Betterfrombehind, a 2-5 favorite, set a track record of 1:57.1 in roaring to her fifth win in as many career starts, this time by 11/4 lengths. Owned by J J J Stables and Alan and Mark Anderson, trained by Al Anderson and driven by Bill Davis, BFB, a daughter of Kents On Nuke, raced to the front from the six-hole and was never headed.

 

She has now won more than $44,000 with her share of the $58,009 purse.

 

Millbanks Arrow, a 47-1 shot, showed late speed in finishing second and Hy On Freedom was third.

 

The only mildly surprising winner was two-year-old Red Star Senator, who as part of a 6-1 third-choice entry, beat all the freshman boys. He did it in impressive fashion, equaling the track standard for his age and sex with a 1:56.3 clocking.

Senator, owned by Mary Murphy and trained and driven by Clint Warrington and the son of Presidential Ball, started from the second tier. He sat fourth at the quarter and was still there at the three-quarter pole although he was now out and on the move. He caught leader Fast Lane Fusion down the stretch for a 21/4-length victory.

 

Senator now has three wins in seven starts and more than $39,000 after grabbing the top share of the $59,885 purse.

 

Fast Lane Fusion, a narrow even money betting favorite, was second and Dal Reo Rebel third.

 

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