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Tioga Downs held the draw for the Cane Pace eliminations on Wednesday morning (August 21) and when the box closed on the sophomore pacers at 9:00am sharp, only eight had declared. No eliminations will be necessary and all eight including sophomore standout Captaintreacherous will go straight to the final on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) with a post time of 1:30pm. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) will be joined by his entry mate, Wake Up Peter (Ron Pierce) listed as 1 and 1A and will face off against the Casie Coleman trained pair of Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) and Lucan Hanover (David Miller). Vegas Vacation is coming off of two very impressive wins at Tioga Downs in the Empire Breeders' Classic where he was sent first over and drew clear of the field, the latter in world record time of 1:48.3. Also joining these four looking for Cane Pace glory will be: Someplace Special (Corey Callahan), Word Power (Jim Morrill Jr.), Twilight Bonfire (David Miller), and Varadero Hanover (Yannick Gingras). Below is the field before final programs changes in post position order for the $360,212 Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs: $360,212 Cane Pace Final # PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER 1 2 Captaintreacherous Tim Tetrick Tony Alagna 1A 3 Wake Up Peter Ron Pierce Tony Alagna 2 4 Vegas Vacation Brian Sears Casie Coleman 2A 8 Lucan Hanover David Miller Casie Coleman 3 1 Someplace Special Corey Callahan Mark Silva 4 5 Word Power Jim Morrill Jr. Larry Remmen 5 6 Twilight Bonfire David Miller Danny Collins 6 7 Varadero Hanover Yannick Gingras Ron Burke Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 23rd with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com by Dustin Ross  

Aperfectyankee's season so far has been less than flawless, but that has not dampened trainer Jim Oscarsson's opinion of his stakes-winning trotter as he heads into Saturday's $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-olds at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Colonial is part of Super Stakes Saturday at Pocono Downs, which also includes the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers and the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers. Aperfectyankee has won three of seven races this year and earned $179,451 for Oscarsson, who also owns and drives the colt. All of his victories this season have come on the Pennsylvania circuit, with two triumphs in divisions of the sire stakes and another in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars. He is coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. The nine-horse Colonial field features seven horses from the Hambletonian final, including winner Royalty For Life, runner-up Smilin Eli and third-place finisher Corky. "I'm not disappointed with him, but I know he's better than he's showed," Oscarsson said about Aperfectyankee, who won last year's $387,250 Peter Haughton Memorial by a neck over Corky. "I think with better race luck he can be right there with them at the finish. "I think he's going to win some races this year. It would be nice (to win the Colonial). I think he deserves that." Aperfectyankee entered the Hambletonian off back-to-back wins and finished third in his elimination before ending up fourth in the same-day final. He started the final from post seven and was as many as 11 lengths behind leader and eventual winner Royalty For Life in the early goings. He finished 3-3/4 lengths back on a track that favored trotters on the lead; all three Hambletonian elims and the final were won in wire-to-wire fashion. "(The Colonial) is going to be tough; it's pretty much the same as the Hambletonian," Oscarsson said. "Except this time we've got a better post. I think he can go with them. It's going to be a fun race." Last year, Aperfectyankee won three of seven starts and earned $310,035. In addition to winning the Haughton, he won a division of the Tompkins-Geers and was second to 2-year-old champion Wheeling N Dealin in a division of the Champlain Stakes. He saw his season come to an end after a sixth-place finish in his elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial in September. Oscarsson decided to turn out the colt because of allergies. "When we brought him back to train during the winter he was good and he's been healthy," Oscarsson said. "He's a nice horse. He's perfect to handle, perfect to drive. You can do whatever you want with him." Following is the field for the Colonial with listed drivers and trainers (and morning line odds): 1. Picture This, Charlie Norris, Norris (20-1); 2. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Oscarsson (12-1); 3. Fico, George Napolitano Jr., Staffan Lind (15-1); 4. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith (3-1); 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester (4-1); 6. Corky, David Miller, Jimmy Takter (5-1); 7. High Bridge, Yannick Gingras, Takter (6-1); 8. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme (5-2); 9. Dontyouforgetit, Takter, Takter (10-1). by Ken Weingartner  

Captaintreacherous returns to work Saturday night when he faces eight foes in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Ranked No. 1 in harness racing's current Top 10 poll, Captaintreacherous is a perfect 6-for-6 this season with his victories including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Max C. Hempt Memorial. He has not raced since capturing the Meadowlands Pace on July 13. Captaintreacherous prepped for the Battle of the Brandywine with a 1:50.1 qualifier win on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands. He paced the final quarter-mile in :25.4 and won by 15-1/4 lengths with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines. "He's really good," trainer Tony Alagna said. "I'm very happy with the way he qualified at the Meadowlands two weeks ago and he trained back good on Saturday here at Gaitway (Farm training center). I'm going to blow him out a couple easy trips (Wednesday) and he should be good to go." Captaintreacherous was named 2012 Pacer of the Year after winning eight of 10 races, including the million-dollar Metro Pace. He is one of only three horses to win the Metro, North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, joining Presidential Ball and Rocknroll Hanover on the list. Owned by the Captaintreacherous Racing group, the "Captain" is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Battle of the Brandywine, where he starts from post four. In the Hempt Memorial, also held at Pocono Downs, Captaintreacherous started from post nine - the outermost post - and raced on the outside the entire mile, including three wide on both the first and last turns. The Battle of the Brandywine field also includes Meadowlands Pace runner-up Odds On Equuleus, who starts from post eight, and Meadowlands Pace third-place finisher Sunshine Beach, who begins from post two. Twilight Bonfire, who was second in the North America Cup, starts from post six. "Based on what he's accomplished against those other horses he's definitely the horse to beat all the time at this stage," Alagna said. "We're hoping we did the right thing by giving him a little layoff and freshening him up for the rest of the year. He put on about 75 pounds and he couldn't be any fresher, any sharper. "He really looks good condition wise. We're hoping that we did the right thing, and by the way he acts I believe we did." Captaintreacherous has won $1.12 million this year and $2.04 million for his career. Alagna said the horse's accomplishments thus far have taken off a lot of pressure for the remainder of the season. "At this point we feel like we've won the North America Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Hempt --- those are three huge accomplishments for a 3-year-old pacing colt," Alagna said. "If he can continue the rest of the year and rack up some more stakes wins that's what we're looking for as far as him being a stallion someday." Alagna considered sending Captaintreacherous into another qualifier last week, but decided against it after the colt's strong performance 12 days ago at the Meadowlands. "He got home in :25.4 that day and that's a big quarter for him because he's not normally a sprinter," Alagna said. "He's very sharp right now." Following is the field for the Battle of the Brandywine with listed drivers and trainers (and morning line odds): 1. Lonewolf Currier, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott (5-1); 2. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy (7-2); 3. Mach It So, Yannick Gingras, P.J. Fraley (4-1); 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna (5-2); 5. Wake Up Peter, Ron Pierce, Alagna (12-1); 6. Twilight Bonfire, David Miller, Danny Collins (15-1); 7. Beach Memories, Corey Callahan, Brian Brown (20-1); 8. Odds On Equuleus, Andy Miller, Robin Schadt (8-1); 9. Some Kinda Beach, Matt Kakaley, Erv Miller (6-1). by Ken Weingartner  

At odds of 96-1, last year's Matron victor Twilight Bonfire was guided up the rail by harness racing driver David Miller to finish second in the $980,000 North America Cup final on June 15 at Mohawk. With all eyes on the 2012 Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous, Danny Collins' charge seems to be a bit overlooked within his division, although the colt has been a model of consistency.

It was 'vintage' John Campbell in the $31,875 first division of the Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 20). The harness racing sport's all-time leading moneywinning driver grabbed the lead, gave his mount a rest and sprinted home to win.

In an official workout before the races on Friday (September 2) at Scioto Downs, Go Tapaigh just needed a satisfactory performance line for an upcoming race, but he got a lot more than that.

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