Lexington, KY --- The defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous won for the 10th time in 11 season's starts when he captured his $215,500 division of the Tattersalls for 3-year-old pacing males in 1:47.2 on Saturday (Oct. 5) at The Red Mile.
USTA/Mark Hall photo Captaintreacherous won for the 10th time in 11 season's starts in capturing his division of the Tattersalls for 3-year-old pacing males in 1:47.2.
Starting from post position five, Captaintreacherous was sent right to the front by Tetrick and they hit the opening quarter in a time of :26.4 with Beach Memories second, Urbanite Hanover third and Vegas Vacation fourth.
The leaders remained in the same postions at the :53.3 half-mile marker, but Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) was out to challenge and was first over alongside Captaintreacherous by the 1:20.2 three-quarter pole.
These two raced side-by-side down the lane in a classic battle to the wire, but Captaintreacherous ($2.60) would not be denied and he held on to win by a neck in that 1:47.2 clocking. Vegas Vacation was brilliant in defeat and wound up second, while Beach Memories grabbed the show dough. Sunshine Beach finished fourth.
"He is the greatest horse I've ever driven," said Tetrick. "He is lazy though and very laid back. I have to keep with him and just tried to keep the fractions honest. That's what you have to do with a horse like him. He'll do whatever you want him to do.
"That horse (Vegas Vacation) was by him in the stretch but I knew he would come back on him. He just refuses to lose."
"We did take some criticism for not taking him to the Jug," said trainer Tony Alagna, "and people said the competition in his race at Hoosier Park was not up to par but we wanted to do the right thing by our horse and he needed the five-week break so he could finish the season the way we wanted him too.
"It was not to be disrespectful to the Little Brown Jug. It's a great race with a deep history and a line of traditions. We know that, but maybe they do need to make some changes and maybe the set of circumstances we presented will begin that process."
USTA/Mark Hall photo Sunfire Blue Chip won the second Tattersalls division defeating Dedi's Dragon in 1:49.4.
Owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine, the son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven to victory by Yannick Gingras. The win was the seventh in 15 starts this year for Sunfire Blue Chip, who lifted his season's bankroll to $572,485.
Sunfire Blue Chip ($8.80) took the field to the opening quarter in :26.4, but yielded to Fool Me Once who led to the half-mile marker in :54.3. Twilifght Bonfire made a move from third heading into the final turn and engaged Fool Me Once at the 1:23.1 three-quarter pole.
Fool Me Once held off that challenge as the pacers straightened out in the stretch, but he could not stop Sunfire Blue Chip who powered back to the front and went on to the 1:49.4 triumph by one length, pacing his final quarter in :26. Dedi's Dragon (Tim Tetrick) came on to finish second, while Fool Me Once held on for the show dough.
-- Kimberly French also contributed to this report