Division Street was the upset winner in world record time in the $309,553 Breeders Crown at Freestate Raceway last night, winning in 1:52 3/5, a record time for aged pacing geldings on a five-eighths mile track.
The previous record was 1:54 3/5 held by three pacers. Division Street was driven by Michel Lachance.
On The Road Again, the heavy 1-2 favorite in the race, broke stride before the quarter pole and never mounted a serious threat to the pacesetters. A view of the replay showed that On The Road Again might have jumped a shadow on the track, causing him to go off stride.
The race started as expected with Ted Wing driving Butler B G to the lead. Division Street, who was purchased last year as a 4-year-old for $320,000, took second.
The two pacers continued that way around the track with little pressure from the other five pacers in the field.
On The Road Again, with Buddy Gilmour driving, made a move to the outside at the three-eighths pole but never was able to move on the two leaders.
Bulter B G cut very fast fractions. Wing moved his pacer to the quarter in 27 1/5, the half in :56, and the three-quarters in 1:23 4/5. Lachance finally tipped Division Street out just past the three-quarters.
Division Street turned the motors on in the stretch and won by 4 1/2 lengths. Armbro Cadet was second, one length ahead of On The Road Again, who finished third.
The win by Division Street was his 19th in 34 starts this year and pushed his career earnings to $996,362. The second choice in the field, Division Street paid $7.60 to win.