Campbellville, ON---The spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday night (Aug. 23) as two Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations, two Metro Pace eliminations and three She's A Great Lady eliminations will take center stage.
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|Captaintreacherous headlines the second Canadian Pacing Derby elimination. Here he is winning the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup. |
The Canadian Pacing Derby has a rich history as the oldest stakes race in Canada for Standardbred racehorses and on Saturday night the sport's top stars will bring their talents north for a pair of six-horse eliminations.
2013 Pepsi North America Winner Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post five in the second $40,000 elimination.
A two-time Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous has had to make the tough transition from age 3 to 4 this season, but has still shown his grit and determination facing the big boys.
Last Saturday night, Captaintreacherous won the $34,000 Preferred in prep for the Canadian Pacing Derby and trainer Tony Alagna was delighted with his performance.
"I was happy with his effort; it was a confidence-builder he needed going into this week's elimination," said Alagna. "We drew away from Sweet Lou, but we caught Bettor's Edge who has been racing really well, so hopefully the short field helps and he gets a fair shot again."
'The Captain' is a big fan of Mohawk Racetrack as he has never lost in six career starts over the Campbellville oval.
"He's always been his best up here," said Alagna. "We've had him up here for major races, so he's always been on his game when he came up here. He likes the atmosphere and he seems happy up here."
Captaintreacherous has two wins in seven starts this season and has never finished out of the money for seasonal earnings topping $176,000.
The top horse this season on the WEG circuit, State Treasurer, will line up two spots inside Captaintreacherous. State Treasurer has won the WEG Preferred six times this season and has won seven of his 12 starts for earnings of over $296,000. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer will be driven by WEG's leading driver, Chris Christoforou.
The hottest horse in harness racing headlines the first elimination.
The Ron Burke trainee, Sweet Lou, enters his elimination on a nine-race win streak and having won his last seven starts in 1:47.4 or better. Sweet Lou has drawn post two in his elimination and will have his regular pilot Ron Pierce in the sulky.
A 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, Sweet Lou has made over $3 million in his career, but joining him in his elimination is the richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, Foiled Again.
Also trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again has earned over $6.3 million and continues to compete at the top level at the age of 10. Foiled Again, who will start from post six with driver Yannick Gingras, is also a previous Canadian Pacing Derby winner having won the 2012 edition.
The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $650,000 final on Saturday, August 30. Elimination winners may choose their post position for the final.
Fifteen in-to-go in Metro
15 of the sport's brightest freshman pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of eliminations for the chance to race in the $685,000 Metro Pace final on Aug. 30.
Leading the group of 15 is the Alagna trainee, Artspeak, who is undefeated in four career starts and enters the Metro elim fresh off a victory in the Nassagaweya Stakes last Saturday night.
|Artpseak enters the Metro Pace eliminations undefeated after winning last Saturday night at Mohawk in the Nassagaweya Stakes.|
Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron will start from post position five in the first $40,000 elimination.
Alagna said he was happy with how Artspeak came out of the Nassagaweya Stakes.
"Artspeak jogged back super; everything checks out good," said Alagna. "We are really happy with the way he drew and hopefully he has another good shot this week and takes another step toward the Metro final."
The son of Western Ideal – The Art Museum was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The GYM Partners.
One of the top local rookies, Traceur Hanover, will meet up with Artspeak for the first time.
Trained by Normand Bardier Jr., Traceur Hanover enters this weekend's elimination with three wins in four starts and is also coming off a victory in his Nassagaweya split.
Randy Waples sits behind the son of Western Ideal – Transference for owner Richard Berthiaume, who bought Traceur Hanover for the same price as Artspeak at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
The other $40,000 elimination appears to be a wide-open affair, with seven rookie pacers looking to be in the top five to secure a spot in the rich final.
Sports Bettor, who will start from post position seven, is coming off a 69-1 upset victory in his division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday night.
Trained by Mark Austin for owner-breeder Frank Gentile, Sports Bettor broke his maiden in style with the Nassagaweya upset.
Before his breakthrough in the Nassagaweya, Sports Bettor had finished second in three of his five career starts.
Randy Waples will drive the son of Sportswriter – Shellys Delight.
Also in the field of seven is this year's Battle of Waterloo winner, Go Daddy Go, who will start from post three for the Hall of Fame connections of driver John Campbell and trained Bob McIntosh.
The top five finishers from both eliminations will advance to the $685,000 final, with elimination winners earning the right to select their post position for the final.
Three eliminations for She's A Great Lady
The She's A Great Lady has attracted 25 rookie pacing fillies that have been split into three eliminations.
Shakai Hanover, a division winner of last Saturday' Eternal Camnation Stakes, headlines the first $35,000 elimination.
Trained by Carl Jamieson and driven by Jody Jamieson, Shakai Hanover will start from post position three and has won twice in four career starts.
The daughter of Well Said – Shes A Fan set a new career mark with her Eternal Camnation victory of 1:52.4 and has earned just under $83,000.
The second elimination features undefeated filly Band Of Angels from the Ron Burke barn.
A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven – Time N Again, Band Of Angels has won her first five starts of her career, with all five victories coming in New York Sires Stakes events.
She will start from post six with driver Yannick Gingras and ships north with over $133,000 in earnings and a mark of 1:52.3.
The final elimination stars another undefeated filly that will have Yannick Gingras in the bike.
JK Shesalady won her division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes last Saturday to improve her record to four for four.
Trained by Nancy Johansson for owners the 3 Brothers Stable, JK Shesalady has a speed badge of 1:52 and earnings exceeding $68,000.
The top three finishers from each elimination and one third place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $450,000 final on Aug. 30.The party will start at 6 p.m. and first race post time is 7:25 p.m.
Here are the fields for Saturday night's stakes eliminations.
Race 3 – Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination One – Purse: $40,000
1. Thinking Out Loud – John Campbell
2. Sweet Lou – Ron Pierce
3. Captive Audience – James MacDonald
4. Domethatagain – Ron Pierce
5. Sunshine Beach – Chris Christoforou
6. Foiled Again – Yannick Gingras
Race 8 – Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination Two – Purse: $40,000
1. Ellis Park – Steve Condren
2. Bettor's Edge – Matt Kakaley
3. State Treasurer – Chris Christoforou
4. Modern Legend – James MacDonald
5. Captaintreacherous – Tim Tetrick
6. Clear Vision – Brett Miller
Race 6 – Metro Pace Elimination One – Purse: $40,000
1. Lyons Levi Lewis – Yannick Gingras
2. Trading Up – Scott Zeron
3. Go Daddy Go – John Campbell
4. Lone Survivor – David Miller
5. Dudes The Man – David Miller
6. Asap Hanover – Tim Tetrick
7. Sports Bettor – Randy Waples
Race 11 – Metro Pace Elimination Two – Purse: $40,000
1. The Wayfaring Man – Jack Moiseyev
2. Pierce Hanover – Paul MacDonell
3. Amora Beach – Tim Tetrick
4. Some Power – David Miller
5. Artspeak – Scott Zeron
6. Lyons Again – Yannick Gingras
7. Traceur Hanover – Randy Waples
8. Rollin Ring Afire – Matt Kakaley
Race 4 – She's A Great Lady Elimination One – Purse: $35,000
1. The Show Returns – Tim Tetrick
2. Bedroomconfessions – Scott Zeron
3. Shakai Hanover – Jody Jamieson
4. Strut My Stuff – John Campbell
5. Palette Tina – Yannick Gingras
6. Aria Hanover – Tim Tetrick
7. Bettor Be Steppin – Corey Callahan
8. Kays Dragon Lady – Matt Kakaley
Race 9 – She's A Great Lady Elimination Two – Purse: $35,000
1. Solar Sister – Doug McNair
2. Divine Caroline – Corey Callahan
3. Missy Tap Tina – Tim Tetrick
4. Cashaway – Tim Tetrick
5. Jk Shesalady – Yannick Gingras
6. Well Hello There – Matt Kakaley
7. Southwind Mischief – Chris Christoforou
8. Shesastarreporter – Jonathan Drury
9. Ideal Nuggets – John Campbell
Race 10 – She's A Great Lady Elimination Three – Purse: $35,000
1. Float On By – Tim Tetrick
2. Macarena Mama – Chris Christoforou
3. A Plus – Scott Zeron
4. Bin N Heaven – Doug McNair
5. Betty And The Jets – Doug McNair
6. Band Of Angels – Yannick Gingras
7. Happy Becky – David Miller
8. Dancin Caroll – Jack Moiseyev