Wilkes-Barre, PA —– Favored McWicked ($3.80) moved to the lead at the five-eighths pole, easily putting away Lazarus N, and then opened up to win by four comfortable lengths in 1:49.3 in the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace on Saturday (Oct. 27) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Brian Sears drove McWicked for trainer Casie Coleman, as he won his third Breeders Crown trophy on the night. Early leader Filibuster Hanover rallied for second, while Donttellmeagain finished third. Mcwicked has now earned more than $3.7 million in his career after posting his 32nd lifetime win.
“He’s real easy to drive and he does everything you want. It’s great to have the opportunity to drive such nice horses,” said Sears.
“I always think he’s gonna be good,” said trainer Casie Coleman, “but to think he is going to do what he did this year…I think he is better now than he was at three. He is a big team effort no doubt. I hope he is going to race next year, but that is not my call. It is up to Mr. James (owner Edward James of the S S G Stables.) I think he will be at stud, but I hope he will race, our team would really like that.”
Filibuster Hanover took the field to the quarter in :26.1, but Lazarus N was immediately out and winging, taking the field past the half in :55.2. McWicked pulled up the backside and easily disposed of his challenger, rolling past three-quarters in 1:22.2 before Sears took his foot off the gas in the stretch.