In another dramatic finish in the career of world champion pacer Captaintreacherous, the two-time Pacer of the Year suffered a neck loss Saturday in his $25,000 elimination division of the Ben Franklin Free-For-All for older pacers at Pocono Downs.
The loss came to the second longest shot on the tote board, Domethatagain, who at odds of 29-1, were totally overlooked by the betting fans, but driver Simon Allard got the job done.
Allard make good use of the rail at the start, leaving and parking Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick to the opening quarter mile in :26. After the half mile marker in :53.2, Captaintreacherous looked comfortable on the lead as Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras came first-over with Sunshine Beach (Brian Sears) second-over.
Past the three-quarters in 1:21, Captaintreacherous was still the strong horse as Foiled Again could not collar him. But as they came down the stretch, Allard sent Domethatagain into the passing lane with a ton of speed and they not only collared Captaintreacherous, but was able to pass him by before the wire and hold him off for the head triumph in 1:48.
Bettors Edge(Matt Kakaley) was third with Foiled Again fourth and making it to the $500,000 final next week. Sunshine Beach was the fastest of the fifth place finishers from both divisions and he will make the final too.
“The horse had had an infection in his knee,” Simon Allard said about Domethatagain. “He is now fresh and feeling really good. I did not think he would be that good tonight. I actually thought I could be in the top three. It was quite something beating those three monsters, Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again and Sunshine Beach. I don’t see why he won’t race this good next week.”
It was a lifetime mark and the fourth win in nine starts this year for Domethatagain. Trained by Rene Allard, Domethatagain is a five-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight and is owned by Allard Racing Stable, Robert Hamather and Bruce Soulsby.
Domethatagain paid $60.20 to win.
In the second Ben Franklin division it was all Sweet Lou once again.
The five-year-old son of Yankee Cruise has truly come into his own over the last two months and posted his fourth straight victory for driver Ron Pierce.
It was Allstar Legend and driver Scott Zeron first on the lead with Bolt The Duer (Mark MacDonald) second, but by the opening quarter mile in :26.4, MacDonald sent Bolt The Duer to the front. That lead was short lived as before the half mile pole, Pierce had Sweet Lou in gear and on top in :54 seconds.
From there Clear Vision (Matt Kakley) came first-over with Modern Legend (John Campbell) second-over, but Pierce and Sweet Lou would have nothing of the sort in the way of a challenge and by the three-quarters in 1:20.4 they already had a four length lead.
Then in the stretch, Sweet Lou was on cruise control, winning by five open lengths in 1:47.4, the fastest mile of the night and it tied his lifetime mark. Bolt The Duer was second with Captive Audience (David Miller) and Allstar Legend fourth to round out the nine finalists.
“He is just unbelievable,” said Ron Pierce of Sweet Lou. “He does it so easy. He can cover a lot of ground with ease. He did it all on his own tonight. I was just a passenger. Everyone is worried about us next week. We are definitely the horse to beat in the final.”
It was the fourth win in seven starts this year for Sweet Lou. He is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, L. Karr and P. Collura. As the 1-2 favorite, Sweet Lou returned $3.00 to win.
By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com