Heavily-favoured Captaintreacherous, with Tim Tetrick, overhauled Apprentice Hanover in deep stretch, then held off a closing Odds On Equuleus by a neck to win the $1 million Metro Pace for harness racing's two-year-olds, Saturday (September 1) at Mohawk Racetrack.
One of two sons of champion, the 2007 Metro winner, in this year’s renewal, Captaintreacherous was fully extended in victory, taking the overland route while chasing the leader through the lane.
Captaintreacherous finally seized the front near the wire, only to have driver John Campbell and Odds On Equuleus come breathing down their necks in a stakes record-equalling 1:49.2, a mark also held by 2009 winner.
It was the first Metro win for North America’s champion driver Tetrick, as well as for trainer Tony Alagna.
Vegas Vacation, who left from the 10-hole, took the field through an opening quarter in :26.1, before being pressed and briefly passed by longshot Johny Rock at the half in :53.1. Meanwhile, Apprentice Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson watched the action from fourth while Tetrick was tucked behind in fifth with the odds-on choice.
Vegas Vacation regained control after three-quarters in 1:21.3, but Apprentice Hanover rolled up three wide turning for home to take command and appeared home free. Tetrick and Captaintreacherous then put in a determined charge in mid-stretch, eventually getting to the front strides before the wire as Odds On Equuleus loomed up late.
Apprentice Hanover, the othercolt in this year’s Metro, hung on for third, two lengths back. The top three had each won their elimination last week, allowing their connections to select post positions for the final.
“From day one, I really liked him,” said Tetrick. “Whether he had the (1):49 speed that he showed (while winning one of last week’s elims in 1:49.3), I didn’t know that. But I knew he had a lot of talent. And he’s gotten better and better and learned how to race. He lets me drive him the way I want to and that makes him a lot easier to put in the right spot.
“That versatility when I can take him back really helps. Wait for things to come to him rather than him making it. It worked out great tonight. It was a fight all the way to the wire. Odds On Equuleus raced awesome. I thought he might have a chance at me and he almost got me but my colt stood him off and raced his heart out. I’m definitely happy to win it (a million dollar race).”
With the victory, his fifth in six starts, Captaintreacherous, a $250,000 U.S. Lexington Select yearling purchase, officially ‘won’ himself out, earning $500,000 for the victory and pushing his bankroll to $741,337 for owners Brittany Farms of Versailles, Kentucky, Toronto’s Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco of Brecksville, Ohio and White Birch Farm of Allentown, New Jersey.
Captaintreacherous, who earlier romped in the Woodrow Wilson, August 4 at the Meadowlands, returned $3.70, $2.60 and $2.10, combining with Odds On Equuleus ($3.90, $3.10) for a $14.10 (4-2) exactor. A 4-2-3 (Apprentice Hanover, $3.10) triactor was worth $28.30, while a $1 Superfecta [4-2-3-9 (Wake Up Peter)] paid $327.80.
by Ashley MAYOTTE
Captaintreacherous wins the $1 million Metro Pace: