The connections of McWicked celebrate their Breeders Crown triumph. Photo: Pocono Downs

There was no taking anything away from McWicked, who was a brilliant winner of the US$430,000 Breeders Crown Open Final at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania on Saturday night (local time).
But there is bound to be fallout from the dismal last-placed effort of New Zealand-bred champion Lazarus, who led, trailed and then faded out to finish a long last in the race.
No information was immediately available, but at the best-case scenario appears to be him still suffering the effects of the virus that plagued him a month ago.
The race commentator pulled no punches at the finish of what was being billed as the ‘rubber match’ between the dominant aged male pacers in North America recently.
“This rivalry was decided decisively tonight in 1.49.3,” noted Jim Beviglia.