Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Captain Is Back - Wins Meadowlands Maturity
East Rutherford -- The $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity Pace was the feature of Friday night’s card at The Meadowlands and served as the stage for the successful return to the races of two time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.
Saddled with post ten for his seasonal debut, The Captain was sent away from the gate by Tim Tetrick improving to a mid-field tuck in fifth as first Word Power and then Apprentice Hanover led past the opening quarter in 26 flat. Tetrick tipped Captaintreacherous at about the three eighths mark and within a few strides had the lead at the half in 54 flat.
A 28.2 breather in the third panel was all he needed to get home as The Captain responded to Tetrick urging when Sunfire Blue Chip approached headstretch and then held stablemate Odds On Equuleus safe by a length in 1:49.2 on a track rated good. Dovuto Hanover was third.
The finish mirrored the 2013 edition of The Meadowlands Pace with Odds On Equuleus chasing Captaintreacherous to the wire, but having to settle for the runner-up spot.
Driver Tim Tetrick was dutifully impressed with the performance and stated post-race when asked about facing older “I think he’s as good as any of them. When he feels a horse at him, he goes on. He wouldn’t let anyone by tonight until we got back to the paddock.”
Captaintreacherous Racing owns the winner, who was beautifully prepped for the occasion by his trainer Tony Alagna. The Tetrick-Alagna combination went to the winner’s circle three times tonight, also winning with Handover Belle in a C-1 trot and Mattie Terror Girl in a C-1/B-2 Filly and Mare Pace. Tetrick won four on the night, while leading driver Yannick Gingras scored a hat-trick.
Next reported stop for the Treacherous Team is Mohegan Sun at Pocono for the Ben Franklin eliminations followed by a return to The Meadowlands for the William Haughton Memorial and U.S. Pacing Championshi
Written by Darin Zoccali
of Harness Racing Update
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Despite Loss JK Endofanera Remains Atop Road to the Pace
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, June 11, 2014-- The North America Cup eliminations certainly shook-up the three year old pacing ranks quite a bit.
While McWicked is not Pace eligible, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere, who both won North America Cup Eliminations are Pace eligible and they vaulted to No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in this week’s Top 10.
However, despite a third place finish, JK Endofanera remains No. 1 this week.
“Within reason, everyone gets one mulligan,” said Meadowlands oddsmaker Darin Zoccali. “I learned my lesson from He’s Watching, who bounced back from a disastrous Rooney Elimination with a stellar effort at Mohawk.
JK Endofanera appeared a bit washed out and locked on a line and I am confident that will be corrected in the Final. I still think he is the best horse. However, unless a huge longshot wins the North America Cup, I have to believe whoever wins the race will be No. 1 next week.
Tellitlikeitis had been making waves recently and proved the hype was justifiable with his 1:48.4 win at Mohawk Saturday. The same can be said for undefeated Lyonssomewhere who vaulted to No. 4 with his Cup elimination win.
Dropping out of the Top 10 this week were Limelight Beach and Somestar Somewhere who fell to No. 11 and No. 12.
This Week’s Top 10 can be found at: http://www.meadowlandspace.com/pdf/Road_To_The_Pace-Week10.pdf
Written by Darin Zoccali
of Harness Racing Update
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Captain Is Ready
By Ken Weingartner
Two-time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous makes his seasonal debut Friday night in the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity for 4-year-old pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. He starts from post 10 in the field of 10, with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Tony Alagna.
To his inside, from the rail, are Tarpon Hanover, Dovuto Hanover, Apprentice Hanover, Rockin Amadeus, Sunfire Blue Chip, Word Power, Dedi’s Dragon, Odds On Equuleus, and Twilight Bonfire.
Captaintreacherous has won 21 of 26 career races and earned $2.97 million. This season he will face horses age 4 and older, including 10-year-old Foiled Again – who is the richest harness racing horse in North American history and was Pacer of the Year in 2011 – and 2011 2-year-old division champion Sweet Lou.
“On Friday, we’re going to unveil the 2014 edition of The Captain and we’re ready,” said Myron Bell, who heads the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. “We’re very excited. We want to race against the best, and they’re going to race against the best, and the chips will fall where they may.”
At age 2, Captaintreacherous won eight of 10 starts and became the first 2-year-old in 25 years to receive the Dan Patch Award for Pacer of the Year. Last season, Captaintreacherous won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million on his way to his second Pacer of the Year honor.
His wins included the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only horses to win the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season.
Captaintreacherous, who will stand as a stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms in 2015, became the first horse to win back-to-back Pacer of the Year honors since Jenna’s Beach Boy in 1995-96 and joined Niatross as the only horses to accomplish the feat at ages 2 and 3 since the award was first given in 1970. Pacer Bret Hanover was honored at ages 2, 3 and 4 with the Horse of the Year Award from 1964-66.
When you put a horse on a certain pedestal, he has to deliver because the public is very demanding. You’ve got to perform,” Bell said. “He won every major stakes race he could have last year. That speaks for itself. We’re very optimistic about this year.”
nterestingly, three of the five horses to win a race against Captaintreacherous are in the Meadowlands Maturity: Rockin Amadeus, Dedi’s Dragon and Odds On Equuleus. Rockin Amadeus and Odds On Equuleus both accomplished the feat at age 2.
Apprentice Hanover, who has won six of 12 races this year and finished no worse than third, is the field’s top seasonal money-winner with $313,660. He is coming off a second-place finish by a neck to State Treasurer in the Molson Pace on May 30 at The Raceway at Western Fair District.
Captaintreacherous prepped for Friday’s Meadowlands Maturity by competing in three qualifiers since the middle of May. He won the most recent, last Saturday, by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:50.1.
“He’s set the bar high; we had nothing to do with it, we’re just along for the ride,” Bell said. “After a series of races this year against the best we’ll determine where he stands in history.”
Following is the field in post order for the Meadowlands Maturity with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Tarpon Hanover, Ron Pierce, Nick Surick; 2. Dovuto Hanover, Scott Zeron, Darran Cassar; 3. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 4. Rockin Amadeus, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Word Power, Jim Morrill Jr., Larry Remmen; 7. Dedi’s Dragon, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 8. Odds On Equuleus, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 9. Twilight Bonfire, David Miller, Paul Reid; 10. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna.
Written by John Pricci
of Harness Racing Update