Captaintreacherous Wins 2013 Meadowlands Pace
Published: July 13, 2013 10:59 pm ET
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Captaintreacherous continued to dominate his fellow three-year-old pacers on Saturday night with a career-best 1:48.1 victory in the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Driver Tim Tetrick sent 3-5 favourite Captaintreacherous to the top over outside leaver Rockin Amadeus (Yannick Gingras) before the :27-second opening quarter mark and carved out middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:21 with Odds On Equuleus (John Campbell) advancing first over from third and Sunshine Beach (George Brennan) picking up the cover. However, Captaintreacherous left his rivals in the dust as he opened up over three lengths down the stretch to remain undefeated in six sophomore starts. Odds On Equuleus finished second and Sunshine Beach was third.
"I moved forward off the gate and my horse got a quick two steps off the gate so that really helped me," said Tetrick, who earned his third Pace victory tonight. "With the first quarter I knew I had a lot of horse and whenever he sees somebody he'll go, but luckily tonight he didn't have to do that and I asked him at the top of the lane and he took off for me.
"He's been good all year," he added. "He keeps getting the job done and I'm so happy that he does."
In winning The Meadowlands' signature race, the popular colt completed a feat his Hall Of Fame sire Somebeachsomewhere was unable to do as he went down to defeat in one of the most memorable editions of the Pace back in 2008.
The victory put Captaintreacherous in very select company as he is only the third colt to win the Woodrow Wilson at The Meadowlands at two and return to capture the Pace the following season. The other two are Hall of Famers Niatross and Nihilator.
Captaintreacherous surpassed the $2 million earnings mark and is now 14-for-16 in his well-managed career, mapped out by trainer Tony Alagna and the Captaintreacherous Racing connections, including Brittany Farms' Myron Bell. Also among the ownership group is breeder White Birch Farm and Marvin Katz, who celebrated his birthday on Meadowlands Pace night.
"Last year Myron and I sat down before the horse ever started his first time," said Alagna. "We planned on 10 starts and we raced him 10 times. And this year it's definitely been a team effort. Myron and I and the partners on the horse, we've all been on the same page... Everything has worked out well so far."
"It's a dream come true," said Bell. "I'm so happy for the partners and Tony and Timmy, it's a great team effort."
Captaintreacherous and stablemate Wake Up Peter were Alagna's first starters in the Meadowlands Pace.
Wake Up Peter finished seventh.
"He held his own very well from the nine-hole," said Alagna of Wake Up Peter's performance. "He was out a way before he actually got in the flow so he put in a good effort."
Captaintreacherous is expected to get a short break before his next assignment in the Battle Of The Brandywine while Wake Up Peter will head to the New Jersey Classic.
For complete coverage of the Meadowlands Pace undercard, including the $184,250 Mistletoe Shalee also won by Tetrick, $471,800 William Haughton Memorial, $265,500 Del Miller Memorial, $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial, and four $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championships, click here.
The total handle of $4,311,546 was not only an increase of $831,958 or 24 per cent from the $3,479,588 bet on Meadowlands Pace night one year ago, but it was the first time The Meadowlands eclipsed $4 million on a non-Hambletonian Day card since Meadowlands Pace night 2010.