It was billed all week long as one of the classic match-ups of the year and harness racing fans were not disappointed as Captraintreacherous would not let Vegas Vacation get by him, scoring a neck victory in 1:47.2 to capture the $215,000 Tattersalls Pace at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY Saturday.
Driven by Tim Tetrick, Captaintreacherous went right after the lead from the start and took it away from Beach Memories (Dave Miller) at the opening quarter mile in :26.4. They raced to the half mile marker in :53.3 and that was when the action began to heat up.
Vegas Vacation and driver Brian Sears came first-over and started to grind their way towards the leaders by the three-quarters in 1:20.2. Vegas Vacation kept right on moving as they started down the stretch and had collared Captaintreacherous midway and looked to have him beat. But Captaintreacherous showed true grit and a big heart as he dug, found some inner strength and came back at Vegas Vacation and beat him to the wire. Beach Memories was third.
“He is tough as nails,” Tetrick said of Captaintreacherous, “I give him all the credit. He was passed and he came right back. He’s like Dick Tracey, he just would not give up. This horse is funny, you have to keep him interested to keep him going. He really does not feel like going until someone comes after him.
“I saw at the draw gate that Vegas still had his ear plugs in,” Tetrick explain. “and I said holy crap this ain’t good but you never give up on the Captain and I never do. He makes me neverous in every race because he is so laid back but he knows how to win. That’s what he does.”
It was the ninth win in eleven starts this year for Captaintreacherous. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by the Captaintreacherous Racing Stable of Versailles, KY. He paid $2.60 to win.
“I would say this was an exciting a race anyone has seen in a long time,” Said co-owner Marvin Katz, “These are great horses competing against each other, great athletes and we saw great efforts by both of them.”
Sunfire Blue Chip takes second division
Despite the clouds opening up and pouring rain for the post parade, Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras were able to work out a two-hole trip and then come on in the stretch to win the $215,000 second Tattersalls Pace division in 1:49.4.
Fool Me Once and Brian Sears were first to show from the gate with Sunfire Blue Chip taking the lead away at the opening quarter mile in :26.4, but Sears quarter moved to take back command with Fool Me Once and they raced that way to the half mile in :54.3.
Then after the half mile marker Dave Miller came charging up first-over with Twilight Bonfire and nearly took the lead away from Fool Me Once as they raced into the final turn.
Past the three-quarters in 1:23.1 it looked to be a two-horse race to the finish, but no one bothered to tell Gingras and Sunfire Blue Chip as they came on like gangbusters and passed the leader to draw off by two lengths in the victory. Dedi’s Dragon (Tim Tetrick) was second with Fool Me Once third.
Trained by Jimmy Takter, it was the seventh win this year for the son of American Ideal who is co-owned by Christine Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R A W Equine, Inc. Sunfire Blue Chip paid $8.80 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com