Owner and breeder Tom Hill discussed 2016 Pepsi North America Cup starter Racing Hill with Trot Insider at the post draw on Tuesday, June 14. The $1 million final will be contested on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack.
The Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals colt regrouped from a brief break in stride in the stretch and finished third in the fastest of two eliminations behind runner-up Lyons Snyder and 1:49.1 winner Betting Line. Racing Hill drew post six and will be driven by Brett Miller, with trainer Tony Alagna making a shoeing change from steel to aluminum for the final, a race that's definitely high on the Hamilton, Ont.-based owner's personal bucket list.
"It's one of the races I would really like to win...probably the race I would like to win. I came second with Art Colony in 2009. He finished second off the seven-hole. So we drew the six-hole, which is one better, so I'm hoping we [finish] one better this time."
The Pepsi North America Cup is the centerpiece of Mohawk’s fantastic Saturday card of racing that will also feature the $438,000 final of the Fan Hanover Stakes (which will showcase three-year-old pacing fillies), the $370,000 final of the Roses Are Red (pacing mares), the $267,000 final of the Armbro Flight (trotting mares), the $268,000 final of the Goodtimes Stakes (three-year-old trotting colts), and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup (invitational pacers).
TSN2 will televise the Cup final live on Saturday. First-race post time for Mohawk’s Saturday card of racing is 6:30 p.m. The NA Cup has been slotted as Race 12 on the 15-dash card and has an approximate post time of 10:40 p.m.
Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers Saturday, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising Races 9 through 12 and featuring the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and Pepsi North America Cup.