There is no doubt, Captaintreacherous is back.
The 2013 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year made a triumph return for his four-year-old season Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, overcoming a light rain and having to start from the far outside in post ten in winning the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity for four-year-olds.
Driven by regular pilot, Tim Tetrick, Captaintreacherous left at the start and floated on the outside as Word Power (Mike Lachance) went to the early lead with Rockin Amadeus (Corey Callahan) grabbed the pocket trip to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.
Then it was Apprentice Hanover and Mark MacDonald going to the lead as the field entered the backstretch but once he had just settled down on the front, Tetrick had Captaintreacherous on the move and they blew by to take command by the half mile marker in :54.
Leading the field to the three-quarters, Captaintreacherous then was challenged first-over by Sunfire Bluechip (Yannick Gingras) with Dovuto Hanover (Brett Miller) second-over and Odds On Equuleus (Scott Zeron) third over.
Past the three-quarters in 1:22.2 and starting down the stretch, Captaintreacherous was nearly collared by Sunfire Bluechip, but dug in and put him away and then it was Odds On Equuleus taking a shot but the “Captain” could not be caught as he powered to the finish to win by one length in 1:49.2.
Odds On Equuleus was second with Dovuto Hanover finishing third.
“It was a ten horse field,” said Tim Tetrick, “And a lot of these horses have been racing, I definitely felt I had the best horse, but anything can happen. It actually worked out as I got a spot going into the first turn. I got to wait and move him when I wanted to before the half and rest was what he wanted to do.
“I don’t know what he does,” Tetrick explained about Captaintreacherous coming around the last turn, “as a catch-driver he makes you nervous letting horses catch up to him. He has done it before just about every time he races but when he sees them he picks it up and he knows how to the to wire first. He’s a lot smarter than I am.
“I think he is as good a horse that’s out there,” Tetrick said. “He is a four-year-old going against five and six-year-olds and seasoned horses but my horse likes to win and it’s hard to take that away from him. He loves to race and he has a big motor and I think the faster they go the better he gets. When he can move into fast first quarters and fast fractions that can help him. He is a great animal.”
Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, Captaintreacherous is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by Captaintreacherous Racing of Versailles, KY. He paid $3.80 to win.
Myron Bell is the head of Captaintreacherous Racing and the man who selected Captaintreacherous as a yearling.
“I didn’t feel good about drawing post ten for tonight’s race,” Bell said. “I wasn’t overly concerned because Timmy knows what to do with him. He raced him perfectly, got out a little and then a seat to the quarter and then brushed by Apprentice Hanover to get the lead. Then he fell asleep at the three-quarters like he does and then he saw another horse and he took off again. I’ve seen this movie before with him for most of last year.
“I feel wonderful about his win tonight,” Bell said. “Anytime you can win a race for $100,000 you have to feel great. Throughout he career he has rarely put in a bad performance except for the end of last year. He is a very consistent horse. Now he will head up to Pocono Downs for the Ben Franklin and god willing he will be in the final in two weeks.”
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com