TORONTO -- It was a record-setting night for Tim Tetrick.
The American driver won four races Saturday night at the US$6.2-million Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, the first time a driver has ever won four races on a single championship night.
Tetrick broke the mark by leading five-year-old Anndrovette to a second straight victory in the $326,660 Open Mare Pace with a time of 1:50.1. Drop The Ball finished second, ahead of Rebeka Bayama.
"It's been an amazing ride, I just feel very fortunate," said Tetrick. "She (Anndrovette) is tough as nails."
For the second straight year all 12 championship harness races were held at Woodbine Racetrack in the richest horse-racing event in Canada this season.
Canadian Yannick Gingras delivered the biggest shocker of the night.
The native of Sorel, Que., drove Rockin Amadeus, a 17-1 longshot, to a stunning victory in the $591,240 Two-Year-Old-Colt Pace. Gingras took Rockin Amadeus past prohibitive 1/5 favourite Captaintreacherous down the stretch for the victory in 1:51.2. Wake Up Peter, an 8-1 pick, took second ahead of Tetrick and Captaintreacherous, which had won eight-of-nine events this season.
Gingras had three wins on a track upgraded from sloppy to good prior to the start of racing after a rainy day in southern Ontario. Jim Takter became the first trainer to register three victories on a single championship night, boosting his Crown-record for conditioners to 15.
"I've always liked this horse," said winning owner Susan Grange of Cheltenham, Ont. "I've always thought he had a lot of heart and he showed it tonight."
Rockin Amadeus earned just a third win in 10 races this season.
"Not to take anything away from Captaintreacherous because he's had a great season, but I knew my horse had this type of performance in him," Takter said. "I've never won a two-year old pacing Crown so I'm happy to get this win."
Tetrick took Captaintreacherous to the lead at about the half-mile mark but Rockin Amadeus was right behind. Down the stretch, Gingras took Rockin Amadeus to the outside of Captaintreacherous, which couldn't hold the lead racing on the rail.
Rockin Amadeus returned $37, $12.40 and $4 while Wake Up Peter paid $8.30 and $3.30. Captaintreacherous, whose bid for U.S. horse-of-the-year honours suffered a huge blow, paid $2.10.
Wheeling N Dealin, with driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, Ont., remained unbeaten after taking the $591,240 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot. The even-money favourite finished in 1:56.0 for a ninth straight victory. Royalty For Life was second with Murmur Hanover taking third. Wheeling N Dealin paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.50 while Royalty for Life returned $3.90 and $3.40. Murmur Hanover paid $11.40.
Tetrick also drove Chapter Seven, last year's Three-Year-Old Colt Trot winner, to victory in the $591,240 Breeders Crown Trot in 1:52.3. Tetrick had the 3/5 favourite sitting second behind Commander Crowe at the top of the final turn before surging ahead for the victory. Mister Herbie finished second while Commander Crowe held on for third.
The win was the seventh in nine races this season for Chapter Seven, which paid $3.50, $2.20 and $2.10. Mister Herbie returned $3.10 and $3.10 while Commander Crown paid $2.10.
"He's a great horse," said winning trainer Linda Toscano, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. "He only knows one thing, and that's to win.
"He deserves every accolade he gets. I give credit to everybody involved, it's a team effort. This year is a culmination of everybody working together and getting him here. I just went along for the ride. It's amazing. I can't dream this big."
Takter also won with American Jewel in the $492,700 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace and To Dream On in the $591,240 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot in a stakes record-tying time of 1:54.4.
Bettor Sweet, with driver David Miller, successfully defended his title in the $492,700 Breeders Crown Pace. The 7/5 favourite posted a winning time of 1:49.1 for a third straight victory after going 0-1 and paid $4.90, $3.20 and $2.60. Golden Receiver took second, returning $5.50 and $3.70 while third-place finisher Foiled Again paid $3.10.
Earlier, Gingras drove Maven to victory in the $492,700 Three-Year-Old Fillies Trot in 1:54.0. It was the seventh win in 14 races this season for Maven, which paid $9.80, $4.80 and $2.70. Win Missy B returned $4.50 and $2.80 for finishing second while third-place finisher Check Me out paid $2.10.
In other races, it was:
-- American Brian Sears drove Tamla Celeber S, a 9-1 pick, past 4/5 favourite Frenchfrysnvinegar in deep stretch to capture the $246,350 Mare Trot in 1:55.2. Tamla Celeber S paid $20.90, $11.70 and $8.10 while second-place Frenchfrysnvinegar returned $9.30 and $2.80. Mystical Starlight was third, paying $8.20
-- Somwhereovrarainbow, the 6/5 favourite, won the $591,240 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:52.2. I Luv The Nitelife finished second ahead of L Dees Lioness. Somwhereovrarainbow paid $4.50, $2.90 and $2.10 while I Luv The Nitelife returned $3.30 and $2.70. L Dees Lioness paid $3.20.
-- Tetrick drove American Jewel to victory in the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:52.1, the horse's 16th win in 24 career starts. The 8/5 favourite finished ahead of Shelliscape, an 8-1 pick, and Big McDeal, a 26-1 longshot. American Jewel paid $5.30, $3.60 and $2.80 while Shelliscape returned $7.50 and $4.50 while Big McDeal paid $10.10.
-- Gingras also led To Dream On to the win in the $591,240 Two-Year-Old-Filly Trot ahead of Time To Kill and Bee A Magician. To Dream On paid $5.30, $4.00 and $2.70 while Time To Kill returned $12.40 and $5.40. Bee A Magician paid $2.50.
-- Tetrick also won with Heston Blue Chip in the $555,000 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace in 1:49.2. Heston Blue Chip paid $5.70, $3.80 and $3.50 in earning Toscano her second win on the night. Sweet Lou, last year's champion two-year-old, was second and returned $5.80 and $4.30 while third-place finisher Bettors Edge paid $4.80.
-- Intimidate, the 3/2 favourite with driver Ron Pierce, used a resounding late kick to win the $546,987 Three-Year-Old Trot in 1:52.4. Little Brown Fox finished second ahead of Tetrick and Market Share, this year's Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic champion. Intimidate paid $5, $3 and $2.40 while Little Brown Fox returned $3.60 and $2.40. Market Share paid $2.50.