WILKES-BARRE PA -- Captaintreacherous ($2.60) made a good case for a claim among the all-time greats of the sport with a brutally-tough victory in his $25,000 3-year-old colt page elimination for next week's Breeders Crown Championships at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday.
The colt Captaintreacherous and driver left well, but seasonal archrival Vegas Vacation (driver ) atypically left very hard from the rail and insisted on the front through and past a 26.1 opener, with the Captain finally accepting the two-hole.
"Vegas" got a relatively-cheap half of 54.3, but then had to brace for Captaintreacherous making another challenging move before and at the 1:22.2 3/4s.
The two archrivals continued their fight to headstretch, where Vegas Vacation finally gave way; Captaintreacherous continued on strongly, and while the 1:49.2 time was not spectacular, the heart and strength that carried Captaintreacherous to the wire ahead was, with Sunfire Blue Chip getting within half a length but not really threatening. Beach Memories also closed for third, with Vegas vacation fourth and getting a chance to come back next week.
"I really love driving this horse," said Tetrick -- who's driven quite a few champions as he leads in the quest for his seventh straight money title. Asked about the Captain, 11 for 12 in 2013, holding his form so well for trainer and Captaintreacherous Racing, Tetrick asserted, "He won early, and he was very big at Lexington, and you saw him tonight." Captaintreacherous has now earned $1,636,773 this year and $2,555,026 lifetime.
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com