Fifteen 2-year-old male pacers have been entered in Saturday night's eliminations for the $685,000 (est.) Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack, including the undefeated Artspeak, who drew into the second of two eliminations. The top five finishers in each of the two $40,000 eliminations will advance to the final on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Also on the card are a trio of eliminations for the $450,000 (est.) She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers and a pair of elims for the $650,000 (est.) Canadian Pacing Derby for older horses. The finals of both those stakes are also on the Aug. 30 program.
Artspeak is a perfect four-for-four in his young career, with his wins including the New Jersey Sires Stakes final in July at the Meadowlands and a Nassagaweya division last Saturday night at Mohawk. The son of Western Ideal is trained by Tony Alagna and will be driven by Scott Zeron from post 5 in the second Metro elimination, carded as Race 11.
Drawing into the same elim is Traceur Hanover, who is three-for-four in his career, with one of those wins also a Nassagaweya division last time out. Normand Bardier Jr. trains the son of Western Ideal, who will start from post 7 with driver Randy Waples.
Starting from post 1 in the same split is The Wayfaring Man, who earlier this month won the Dream Maker final at Mohawk. The son of Dragon Again finished fourth in his Nassagaweya division behind Sports Bettor, who drew into the first Metro elim (Race 6). The Wayfaring Man will be driven by Jack Moiseyev for trainer Nicky Comegna.
Sports Bettor, who lit the Nassagaweya toteboard when he won at odds of 69-1, will be out to prove it was no fluke as he starts from the outside post 7 for driver Randy Waples and trainer Mark Austin. That win was the first in six starts for the son of Sportswriter.
Lyons Levi Lewis, who finished a neck behind Sports Bettor in second, will start from post 1 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Asap Hanover, the beaten favorite in the race (fifth) will start from post 6 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano. Also in the field is recent Battle of Waterloo winner Go Daddy Go, with John Campbell driving from post 3 for trainer Bob McIntosh.
Three-time Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) winner Aria Hanover will start from post 6 in the first of the three $35,000 She's A Great Lady elims (Race 4). Tetrick drives for trainer Jimmy Takter. The top three finishers in each elim, plus one fourth-place finisher, will advance to the final.
Shakai Hanover and Bedroomconfessions, respective one-two finishers in their Eternal Camnation division last time out last Saturday night at Mohawk, will start from posts 2 and 3, respectively.
JK She'salady, undefeated in four starts, will start from post 5 in the second She's A Great Lady elim (Race 9). The daughter of Art Major rolled to a seven-length win in 1:53.4 in her most recent start in an Eternal Camnation division. Yannick Gingras drives for trainer Nancy Johansson. Also in the field is two-time PASS winner Well Hello There, who will start from post 6 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley.
Band Of Angels, who has steamrolled her way to five consecutive wins on the New York Sires Stakes circuit, will make her first start outside the Empire State in the third She's A Great Lady elim. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven will be driven by Gingras for trainer Burke from post 6.
Sweet Lou, a winner of nine straight and a record six in a row with sub-1:48 clockings, will start from post 2 in the first of two $40,000 eliminations (Race 3) for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser went past the $3-million mark last time out in the Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Burke, who also sends out in the same elim from post 7 the sport's all-time richest horse, Foiled Again. The 10-year-old pacer and his $6.3-million bankroll will start from post six with driver Gingras.
Two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous, who got back on the winning track last time out in an Aug. 16 Preferred Pace at Mohawk, has drawn post 5 in the second elimination (Race 8). Tetrick drives the winner of more than $3.1 million for trainer Tony Alagna.
The top five finishers in each Canadian Pacing Derby elimination will return for the final.