In a classic stretch drive to the wire, driver 1:47.4.with Sunshine Beach was able to hold off Captaintreacherous and drive to win the $500,000 at Mohegan Sun at by a nose in
It took a world record tying performance for Captaintreacherous to see his unbeaten race season come to an end after six straight wins.
The 12th race feature started off with Lonewolf Currier () leaving from the rail to take the quick lead with Sunshine Beach taking the pocket trip to the quarter mile in :25.3 and Sears wasted no time quarter moving to take command. It was the first time that Sears had ever driven Sunshine Beach.
They raced in that order to the half in :53.3 as Tetrick moved Captaintreacherous first-over, giving Mach It so (Yannick Gingras) perfect second-over cover. Racing down the backstretch, Sears kept Sunshine Beach in control with Captaintreacherous right alongside to the three-quarters in 1:20.3. On the final turn Mach It So started to swing out three-wide but once they started down the stretch you could feel it would be a two-horse battle to the wire.
Tetrick tried as best he could to urge Captaintreacherous on but the pacer seemed to be tired and was not gaining any ground as Sears kept after Sunshine Beach. But within 20 yards to the wire, Captaintreacherous came on again, closed the gap and the two horses finished together with Sunshine Beach getting the victory via the photo finish camera. Twilight Bonfire (Dave Miller) was third.
“Once we were past the half there were no thoughts of letting him (Captaintreacherous) go,” Sears said. “If I was ever going to beat him (at the three-quarters) this was the place. And it just worked out from there. We have a lot of talented colts this year and they all seem to be able to carry their speed so I was not surprised by the 1:47.4 mile.”
It was the fifth win in ten starts this year for Sunshine Beach. The son ofis trained by and is owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, all of Canada. His mile tied the world record that is now co-held with Bold The Duer in 2012. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Sunshine Beach rewarded his backers with a $12.20 win payoff.
“I’m very excited,” said Mark Steacy, “When you can beat someone like Captaintreacherous you have to be proud. I have always believed in this horse and that he has tons of talent. He has shown many times that he can go with Captaintreacherous. I wasn’t sure if he could beat him tonight. But I felt pretty good when I saw them at the three-quarters and Brian had not pulled the earplugs yet.”
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by Steve Wolf