MISSISSAUGA, ON — Ontario-sired Burning Point defeated North America’s best three-year-old filly pacers in the $670,000 (U.S.) Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey on Nov. 29.
A daughter of Ontario’s premier pacing sire Camluck, Burning Point and driver Kevin Wallis beat highly-regarded Armbro Amoretto by a head in 1:51.4 to record her 20th victory of the year. The Breeders Crown triumph was the icing on the cake of a tremendous season for Burning Point who won a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Finals in 2003. She also set the all-time OSS record for her age, sex and gait of 1:50.3 at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack in June.
Based on those performances, Burning Point’s owners paid a $50,000 (U.S.) supplementary fee to enter her into the Breeders Crown.
Trained by Linda Wallis for Cuzzins Stable of Boca Raton, FLA, Burning Point has earned $859,263 in 2003. She was bred by Fred Drouillard of Windsor, ON.
Please Me Please, another daughter of Camluck who won the $300,000 OSS Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Nov. 8 by a head over Burning Point, also started in the Breeders Crown.
“I would like to congratulate Burning Point and her owners, trainer, driver, breeder and handlers on their most recent success in the Breeders Crown,” said Wendy Rinella, Executive Director of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA). “This is the 16th Breeders Crown won by an Ontario-sired horse, once again demonstrating that the OSS is truly a world-class program.”
A pair of Ontario-sired trotters also made the board in the prestigious Breeders Crown finals. Two-year-old Cincinnati Kid, a son of Angus Hall, finished second in the juvenile colt trot while 2003 Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall, sired by Balanced Image, was third in the sophomore colt division.
Meanwhile, the Breeders Crown three-year-old colt pace was won by Triple Crown champion No Pan Intended. A winner of nearly $1.5 million in 2003 and a leading candidate for Horse of the Year, No Pan Intended will stand his first season at stud at Glengate Farms near Campbellville, ON in 2004. A son of former OSS star mare Classic Wish, No Pan Intended’s offspring will be eligible to the Ontario Sires Stakes.
OHRIA administers the Ontario Sires Stakes program as part of its mandate to develop world class horse racing and breeding in Ontario. An umbrella organization which represents all segments of the province’s racing industry, OHRIA was formed in 1994 to address the unique challenges facing the industry in a dynamic gaming and entertainment market.
Horse racing is the third largest agricultural industry in Ontario, generating over 60,000 full time equivalent jobs. Horse racing is an important part of the agricultural economy and supports the overall provincial economic base.