Heavily favoured Captaintreacherous held off an upset-minded Vegas Vacation to capture one of three Nassagaweya harness racing divisions for two-year-old pacers on Saturday night (August 18) at Mohawk.
In the $108,125 dash, the son of-Worldly Treasure, who won the Woodrow Wilson in an impressive 1:49.3 at The Meadowlands on August 4, notched his third win in four starts for conditioner Tony Alagna.
Driver Tim Tetrick and the rookie pacer got away got away fourth, behind a :26.4 first quarter carved out by Evenin Of Pleasure (Sylvain Filion).
Into the backside, reinsman Scott Zeron then moved Battle Of Waterloo winner Tarpon Hanover from the pocket to the front, reaching the half in :56.3. Around the final turn, Captaintreacherous advanced first-up to add pressure to the pacesetter past the three-quarters in 1:24.4.
Unleashing a :26.3 final frame, Captaintreacherous got under the wire in 1:51.3. A late-rallying Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) was beaten a neck.Captive Audience (Paul MacDonell) got up for third.
"I don't take any horse lightly," said Tetrick, in reference to the hard-closing Vegas Vacation.
"He got a perfect trip off slow fractions and I was first-up. I led him all the way to the promised land, but my colt dug in and fought all the way to the wire. Every start that he gets, he's getting smarter, more racey and he's done everything that I have asked him to do so far.
"He's a really nice, talented colt," he continued. "He's well-bred and he's meant to be somebody and he has been so far. He set a track record there at The Meadowlands last [start] in :49 and a piece. He is a big, strong colt and can go either way. He's just a very talented individual."
With the triumph, the colt pushes his young bankroll to $221,337. Captaintreacherous, who was a $250,000 purchase at the 2011 Lexington Select Yearling Sale, is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, White Birch Farm. The bay returned $2.50 to win.
ODDS ON EQUULEUS WINS SPLIT:
n the other $108,125 spilt, Odds On Equuleus survived a first-over trip en route to posting a two and a quarter length victory as the 1-2 favourite.
The Robin Schadt trainee and Hall of Fame driver John Campbell sat behind factions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.1 before using a :26.1 final quarter to score the triumph in 1:52.3.Dress The Part (Randy Waples) and Urbanite Hanover (Keith Oliver) finished second and third, respectively.
With the win, the son of-Latte Lady notched his third victory in four starts, and lifted his earnings to $68,471 for owner Odds On Racing. The colt paid $3.10 to win.
APPRENTICE HANOVER IN FINAL SPLIT:
In the final $109,624 Nassagaweya division, Apprentice Hanover front-stepped his way to a 1:51.1 career-best performance for trainer Ben Wallace and driver Jody Jamieson.
The 4-5 favourite, Fool Me Once (Sylvain Filion), was the fastest off the gate, clocking the opening quarter in :27, but into the backstretch, Apprentice Hanover was taken to the front from fourth.The freshman pacer didn't look back, putting up splits of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before pulling away from the pack to score by nine lengths.
Sunshine Beach (Paul MacDonell) got up for second and Teresas Beach (Corey Callahan) was third.
The son of-Allamerican Nadia, who is owned by Brad Grant, is three-for-four in his debut season. With the win, Apprentice Hanover increased his earning to $75,592. The bay returned $7.40 to win as the second choice.
Apprentice Hanover, Captaintreacherous and Odds On Equuleus are eligible to the $1 million Metro Pace scheduled for Saturday, September 1. Eliminations for the rich final are slated for next Saturday, August 25. Both will be contested at Mohawk.
by Ashley MAYOTTE