Once again Captaintreacherous showed the true grit of racehorse not only with ability but a desire to win as he held off both Word Power and stablemate Wake Up Peter in posting a neck victory in winning the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the $360,211 Cane Pace at Tioga Downs Labor Day Monday.
From the very start of the 10th race feature racing fans knew it was going to be a tough mile for Captaintreacherous. With driver Tim Tetrick at the controls, the “Captain” left from post two to go for the early lead but immediately faced his first challenge as Varadero Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras came right after them on the outside to try and take command and then hope for a quarter move by Tetrick so they could get the two-hole trip.
But the best laid plans of mice and men did not come true for Gingras and Varadero as Vegas Vacation and driver Brian Sears had the two-hole spot secured and Varadero Hanover could not get past Captaintreacherous by the opening quarter mile in :26.2 as Tetrick played hardball with Gingras.
The field then raced to the half mile marker in :54 and Ron Pierce made a bold move three-wide with Wake Up Peter and they were able to loop Varadero Hanover but despite getting a half length lead on Captaintreacherous they could not clear by to take command and was forced to race first-over to the three-quarters in 1:21.2. Word Power and driver Jody Jamieson,found themselves with perfect second-over cover behind Wake Up Peter.
Tipping three-wide around the final turn, Word Power and Jamiesonlooked to be the strong horse going after Captaintreacherous down the stretch with Wake Up Peter and Vegas Vacation coming on too. But as we have seen all too often this season, Captaintreacherous never quits and he dug in again and again for Tetrick and was able to hold on at the wire for a head triumph in 1:49.2. Word Power was second with Wake Up Peter third and Vegas Vacation was a close fourth. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, Captaintreacherous paid $3.30 to win.
“He hates to lose races,” Tim Tetrick said, “He does not win by many lengths but he always seems to get the job done. I didn’t have much choice (early on) with Vegas Vacation getting on my back. I wanted to let Yannick go but I knew Brian would not allow that to happen. Too bad for Yannick but that’s horse racing.”
It was the seventh win in eight starts this year for Captaintreacherous, who has now amassed $1.4 million in earnings this year for trainer Tony Alagna.
“He was very good today,” Alagna said. “He always has a little tendency to wait for next horse to come at him before he really takes off again. That’s what he did today and I am tickled to death with his performance. “
Sired by Somebeachsomewhere from the Artsplace mare, Worldy Treasurer, Captaintreacherous is owned by Captaintreacherous Racing of Versailles, KY.
“Class prevailed here,” said Myron Bell, head of the Captaintreacherous syndicate. “He was tested today and he dug in in the lane like he usually does and he got the win.”
Bell was then asked about Captaintreacherous going to race in the Little Brown Jug.
“I told Phil Terry and the wonderful people at the Little Brown Jug that I would give them an answer by September 15,” Bell said. “It depends on the horse. He has other engagements later on this year and we have to consider his four-year-old season, so we want to take it a race at a time right now.”
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When the curtain fell on the afternoon, hometown favorite, and Tioga Downs’ leading driver, Jimmy Marohn Jr, had captured the $25,000 Drivers’ Championship with a dramatic final race victory aboard Diamond Star. Heading into the final leg of the competition, Marohn was sitting in third place with thirty three points, six behind Tim Tetrick with thirty nine and two behind Brian Sears with thirty seven. The final leg of the competition was Marohn’s race to choose the horse he drove and he was the lone driver throughout the competition to win with a horse that he chosen. Marohn, joined in the winner’s circle by his father, Jim Marohn Sr. following the victory was ecstatic and when asked where it ranked in his racing career was very clear “Right at the top, this is second to none” said Marohn. Brian Sears finished second in the competition with forty points, while Tim Tetrick finished third ending with thirty nine points.
By Steve Wolf