Undefeated two-year-old pacing colt Artspeak was victorious in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night (Aug. 16).Twenty-six two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into three divisions for the Nassagaweya Stakes.
One of the most talked about freshmen in the sport, Artspeak, turned in another easy-looking victory in his Canadian debut to take the $91,425 final division. A son of Western Ideal – The Art Museum, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron left from post position eight and cleared to the lead just after the opening quarter of :28. Once on the lead, Artspeak controlled right to the finish line posting fractions of :56.2, 1:25. and cruising home in :27.4 to win the fastest division of the night in 1:52.4.
Lyons Again, who grabbed the early lead and got a two-hole trip, finished 2 ¼ lengths back in second, while Some Power closed up well to take third.
Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The GYM Partners, Artspeak is a perfect four for four and now has earnings of more than $115,000. Artspeak was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. He returned $2.90 to win.
The first division for a purse of $89,924 went to Sports Bettor, who pulled off a huge 60-1 to upset. A son of Sporswriter – Shellys Delight, Sports Bettor and driver Randy Waples left from post eight and got away in the two-hole.Lyons Levi Lewis cut the mile and after a half of :57.1, hung up a third-quarter of :27. to carry a four length lead over Sports Bettor into the stretch. In the stretch, Lyons Levi Lewis continued to lead deep into the lane, but Sports Bettor grinded him down and got up in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:53.2. Rollin Ring Afire finished third, while The Wayfaring Man rounded out the Superfecta.
Sports Bettor is trained by Mark Austin for owner/breeder Frank Gentile and the Nassagaweya Stakes victory was a maiden breaking score. Sports Bettor now has earnings of over $76,000 in six career starts. He paid $141.50 to win.
The $91,425 second division saw Waples return to the winner's circle, this time with Traceur Hanover. Traceur Hanover left from post three and allowed Go Daddy Go to clear to the front just after the opening quarter to take a two-hole trip.Go Daddy Go led the field into the stretch off a three-quarter time of 1:24. In the stretch, Traceur Hanover came off the rail to take his best shot at Go Daddy Go and was able to power past the leader in deep stretch to win in 1:53.3. Trading Up made a late rally to finish third, while Lyons Geoffjnr was fourth.
A son of Western Ideal – Transference, Traceur Hanover has now won three times in four career starts and has career earnings of over $60,000. A $100,000 yearling purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale, Traceur Hanover is trained by Normand Bardier Jr. for owner Richard Berthiaume. (Woodbine)