Day At The Track

McWicked sizzles in North America Cup elims

02:02 PM 08 Jun 2014 NZST
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McWicked and driver David Miller
Lyonssomewhere and his connections after big victory

McWicked brought his “A” game to Mohawk Raceway Saturday and the harness racing pacer came away with an ultra impressive 1:48.3 lifetime record triumph in capturing his $50,000 elimination division.

The fifth race second division saw Capital Account and driver Ron Pierce look like they were shot out of a cannon as they zipped right to the lead from post eight with McWicked (David Miller) grabbing the early two-hole spot and then the race favorite, Always B Miki (Corey Callahan) three-wide going into the turn but Always B Miki went off-stride and that took him out of contention.

Going to the opening quarter mile in :26.4, McWicked and Miller took command, but that was short lived as Ideal Cowboy (Tim Tetrick) came first-over by the half mile in :54.3 and they got to the front and just as they settled in on the lead, Let’s Drink On It and Tyler Smith came first-over and they were able to clear to the lead.

At the three-quarters in 1:21.2 the action was still fast and furious as Sometimes Said and John Campbell were first-over and had nearly collared Let’s Drink On It as they started down the stretch, but it was McWicked and Miller, fanning around those two and going on to win by two and one-half lengths with Sometimes Said second and Let’s Drink On It third.

The first three finishers in each of the three elimination divisions return for the $1,00,000 final next week along with one of the three fourth place finishers drawn by lot. Finishing fourth was Ideal Cowboy as Always B Miki did rally back but could only muster a fifth place finish.

Trained by Casie Coleman, McWicked is sired by McArtle and posted his second win in four starts this year for Ed James S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. He paid $9.00 to win.

”I didn’t expect a 1:48 mile from him tonight,” Said Casie Coleman, “But I knew he could go this fast. I have been real high on this colt since Ed James gave him to me. The trainer who prepped him this winter did an awesome job. He is just a sweetheart of a horse. He makes out job real easy. We looked at his stakes schedule and this was the big race. We both wanted to gear him up for this. The way I have prepped him as been for this race. I would like nothing better than to win another NA Cup!”

In the third race first elim for the North America Cup, another heavy favorite, JK Endofanera, barely made the final with a third place finish while Jimmy Takter contined to dominated the harness racing world, watching his Lyonssomewhere and driver Corey Callahan score a mild upset with a 1:50.1 lifetime mark.

Callahan left hard with Lyonssomewhere from post six and went right to the lead with JK Endofanera (Brian Sears) getting the two-hole trip but they did not seat for long and Sears moved JK Endofanera to the front by the opening quarter mile in :27.4.

They raced Indian-style to the half in a mild :56.3 as Sears controlled the pace with JK Endofanera and that forced Western Vintage (Yannick Gingras) to come first-over and they pushed the fractions to the three-quarters in 1:24 and all the while Callahan and Lyonssomewhere were eating it up in the two-hole.

Starting down the stretch was when something went awry for JK Endofanera as he began to bear out from the rail and could not maintain his speed. This allowed Callahan and Lyonssomewhere to shoot up the inside to victory with Beat the Drum (Brett Miller) closing well to be second and JK Endofanera third. Western Vintage finished fourth.

“I talked to Jimmy (Takter) earlier tonight when we got here,” said Corey Callahan, “And looking at the program we were really worrying about leaving out of there with Limelight Beach. Our plan was to get out there and then follow Brian (Sears). Everything worked out perfect. With him getting soft fractions I was worried but then his horse came up a little short and my horse was good. He was really going easy (when ask about the :26.1 last quarter). The other horse just drifted out of there and it gave me a nice easy trip up the rail. He just totally exploded. It was the first time I actually called upon him to really pace. I still think he has more speed left. “

Undefeated in his five lifetime starts, Lyonssomewhere is sired by Somebeachsomewhere and is owned by Geoffrey Lyons of Mount Burford, ON. He paid $9.30 to win.

Tellitlikeitis and driver Brett Miller made it a happy night for trainer Jimmy Takter, getting his second North America Cup elimination winner with Tellitlikeitis beating race favorite He’s Watching in 1:48.4.

The third and final NA Cup elim for the night saw Miller and Tellitlikeitis shoot out to the early lead, give way to Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce) and sit tight as He’s Watching and driver Jody Jamieson came up first-over to the opening quarter mile in :27.1.

He’s Watching then led the field to the half mile in :54.2 as Jet Airway (Scott Zeron) tried coming first-over in vain. Once they passed the three-quarters in 1:21.4 the action began to heat up as Pierce pulled the pocket with Luck Be Withyou to go after He’s Watching and all the while Miller was sitting with Tellitlikeitis.

Then as He’s Watching and Luck Be Withyou were going head and head, Miller weaved his way around those two and gave Tellitlikeitis the clearance he needed to zoom on by both of them to win going away by two open lengths. He’s Watching was second with Luck Be Withyou third and Jet Airway fourth.

“I have sat behind him twice and one in a qualifier,” Said Brett Miller, “The colt has tremendous speed. He can sit in a hole nice and he is very very quick. He is special. He can relax and can sit in the hole well. He has been taught well.”

It was a lifetime mark for Tellitlikeitis, the son of Well Said was bred and is owned by the Lothlorien Stable of Cheltenham, ON and paid $10.00 to win.

By Steve Wolf, for

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