TOTAL TRUTH TAKES CANE PACE

10:49 PM 04 Sep 2006 NZST
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2006 Cane Pace Final
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2006 Cane Pace Final

North American Cup champion, Total Truth led from start to finish to win the 52nd running of the $301,587 Cane Pace on Labor Day (Monday, September 4) at Freehold Raceway.

Ron Pierce guided the three year old in a brisk 1:51.3, holding off a late charge from Took Hanover with John Campbell. George Teague, Jr. was not concerned with the extended layoff.

“He warmed up real well and I knew he was ready to go.” George Teague, Jr. was the only trainer in the field to have previously sent out a horse of the year (2004 – Rainbow Blue).

Total Truth is the first horse in 18 years to win the North American Cup and the Cane Pace. Third in the Adios, Total Truth got a bye into the final based on being a top money earner. Total Truth will now set his sights on the second leg of pacing’s Triple Crown, the Little Brown Jug September 21.

John Campbell was looking for his 30th Triple Crown victory but came up a length short. Just two years ago, Pierce and Campbell dead heated the Cane Pace with Timesareachanging (Pierce) and Western Terror (Campbell).

Finishing third was Dave Panlone (David Miller) while Cane elimination winner Artstanding (George Brennan) finished fourth.

In the $78,944 Shady Daisy, George Brennan guided Xhilaration to a new track record for three year old pacing fillies with a time of 1:53.0. The victory was her fifth in fourteen starts.

In the other major stakes race, Olay Olay with John Campbell won the $126,210 Battle of Freehold for two-year-olds. The 1-5 favourite finished in an impressive 1:54, matching his time in last week’s elimination. Beam of Life (Daniel Dube) was second while Outsource (Ron Pierce) finished third.

Also on Monday, David Miller was honoured in a winner’s circle ceremony in recognition of his 8,000th career victory.

Courtesy Of Freehold Raceway Publicity Department

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