Captaintreacherous, whose five wins in six starts this year includes the $1 million Metro Pace and the $309,000 Woodrow Wilson, coasted to an easy qualifying win in 1:53 on Friday morning at The Red Mile.
Driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Tony Alagna, Captaintreacherous had no problems with just three rivals in the qualifier as he led through fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27. He closed out his mile with a final quarter of :26, completing a back half of :54.3.
"Just what we were looking for," Alagna said afterward. "He did it easy and that's his forte: he's always so relaxed. Timmy said the minute he asked him to go, he did."
"That was a good mile for him," Tetrick agreed.
Captaintreacherous won the Wilson in Meadowlands track-record time of 1:49.3, and soon followed that up with his 1:49.2 score in the Metro on Sept. 1 at Mohawk Racetrack. Friday's qualifier was the first appearance for Captaintreacherous since the Metro score. A $250,000 yearling purchase, the son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and breeder White Birch Farm.
Captaintreacherous has amassed earnings of $747,078 this year. He'll have a chance to add to that number as he is eligible to both Grand Circuit events at The Red Mile, including the Bluegrass on Sept. 29 and the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 6.
In other Red Mile news, Dewayne Minor told harnessracing.com Friday morning that 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone, who was later sent overseas for a European campaign, is now back in his stable and will be released from quarantine on Sept. 26. Minor said he plans to go a workout mile for The Red Mile stewards on Sept. 28 in preparation for the Allerage on Oct. 7.