Still, two No. 1-one seeds are left in the field for the Saturday, March 26, Elite Eight.
The biggest story comes out of the Lydia Mason Region. Earls Equinox (River Bluffs), a 15th-seed, pulled off his third straight upset by knocking off sixth seeded Cheeky Monkey (Blake & Black).
Equinox has had the racing luck; he has finished no better than fourth in the three races. In this round, Equinox went off as the second-longest shot in the race. He broke last but rallied to finish fifth. Cheeky Monkey finished last, fading badly after challenging for the lead until the far turn.
Earls Equinox will face fifth-seeded Gale WW Warick (Woodall) in the Elite Eight. Warick knocked off top-seeded Barts Ladies Man (Bartley Corporation). Warick rallied from sixth to fourth in the homestretch. Barts Ladies Man broke sixth, got to fourth then slipped back to sixth in the homestretch in being eliminated.
Top-seeded Little Andy (Blake & Black) of the Mark Pendgraft Region advanced with a solid second-place finish.
Little Andy will be joined in the Elite Eight by sixth-seeded Barts Autumn Sky (Bartley Corporation), whose win made second-seeded Roc A By It’s E (Wilhite) third-place effort not good enough.
The Bo Guidry Region will have an exceptional final.
Top-seeded Slatex Jade (Harlan Brothers) advanced with a win, eliminating fifth-seeded Idaho Cuda (Seastrom-Lovely). Jade will face seventh-seeded PG Tiger (Bean & Stout), the two-time All-Bluffs Run team selection. Tiger finished second in the race to eliminate sixth-seeded Barts Gravytrain (Bartley Corporation), who finished third.
In the Rory DeSantiago Region, fourth-seeded RJ’s A, the defending Iowa Breeders Classic champion, moved on by topping ninth-seeded Skipping A Beat (Plum Creek).
Twin Peaks (Mickim), a seventh-seed, will match up with RJ’s Al after knocking off third-seeded Barts Gusto (Bartley Corporation).
By Steve Sigafoose