Lexington, KY --- The defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous went past the $1.5 million plateau in 2013 earnings when he captured his $95,500 division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 3-year-old pacing males on Saturday night (Sept. 28) at The Red Mile.
|Captaintreacherous was a 1:47.1 winner for Tim Tetrick.|
Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Tony Algana and owner Captaintreacherous Racing as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldy Treasure posted his ninth win in 10 season's starts with a lifetime best 1:47.1 mile. He is now 17 for 20 lifetime with a career bankroll at $2,422,276.
Starting from post position five, Captaintreacherous got away second as Beach Memories and David Miller took the field past the opening quarter in a time of :26.4.
Tetrick moved Captaintreacherous ($2.10) off the wood on the backstretch and he powered to the front by the :52.4 half-mile marker. From there it was all Captaintreacherous as he powered past the three-quarter pole in 1:20.2 and cruised home in 1:47.1. Beach Memories finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Emeritus Maximus picked up the show dough.
"I just wanted to be in control," said Tetrick of his backstretch move to the front. "I settled in there and Dave (Miller on Beach Memories) was putting on pretty good fractions. I could have probably followed him, but I knew I would have to pull going into the last turn, so I just decided to get him there and let him do what he wants on the front.
"That was a fun ride.
"He's something special to watch. I know I get chills every time I sit behind him, so I'm sure he's fun to watch, too."
Sunshine Beach, the only horse to defeat Captaintreacherous this year, won the $96,500 second division in a time of 1:48.2. John Campbell was in the bike for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up posted his sixth win in 13 season's starts. He has now banked $543,135 this year.
|USTA/Mark Hall photos|
|Sunshine Beach was a 1:48.2 winner for John Campbell.|
Starting from post position seven, Campbell sent Sunshine Beach ($4.80) right to the lead and he cut fractions of :27.4, :55 and 1:22.2 with Resistance Futile (Corey Callahan) on his back in second throughout the mile.
Callahan tipped his mount to the outside in the stretch and they challenged the leader late, but Sunshine Beach held them off by a neck in the 1:48.2 mile. Wake Up Peter was third.
"That (:55 half) is about as reasonable as you're going to get in this class," said Campbell. "He felt real strong doing it and I didn't have to start him up that hard to make the front and you know he raced really well, but he had to hold off a good horse in Resistance Futile. He kept coming but my horse dug in and went right down to the wire.
"This was his first start in three weeks, so I think he'll be even stronger next week. He'll have to be."