Charisma Hanover (outside) upset I Luv The Nitelife Saturday night in a nail-biting finish in the $161,000 American National for 3-year-old filly pacers in a new track and stake record clocking of 1:49 at Balmoral Park.
Driven by Yannick Gingas for trainer Ronnie Burke, Charisma Hanover is a sophomore daughter by Dragon Again, and notched her 15th career victory and 12th win this season, pushing her 2013 earnings to $543,229 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi of Pennsylvania.
"Earlier in the year we were leaving pretty hard with her and I really wanted to follow Tim (Tetrick, driving I Luv The Nitelife),” said Gingras. "It's a long stretch here and I couldn't wait for the wire to show up quick enough. But both fillies really put forth a great effort tonight and it was exciting to get a track record out of it.”
After Authorize (Ron Pierce) took the field through a first quarter clocking of :26 and the :53.3 half, I Luv The Nitelife came first-over to take control of the race going into the last turn. At the 1:21.2 three-quarter marker I Luv The Nitelife appeared poised to notch her 14th win of the season, but Charisma continued to dig in, eventually besting her rival by a neck at the wire. Aunt Caroline (Scott Zeron), who was put into position ealry, got up for third, while Authorize held on for fourth.
Captaintreacherous battled a game Lucan Hanover all the way to the wire, gutting out a 1:49 victory in the $256,000 American National for 3-Year-Old Colt Pacers. Tim Tetrick steered the Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere to his 13th triumph in 15 starts this season, pushing his 2013 earnings to $2,055,033.
Owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, the venerable bay colt left hard from post two for the lead, but relinquished to Word Power (Brian Sears) going to the :27.1 first quarter. When Eddie Sweat (Peter Wrenn) made a break on the outside of the leader, Tetrick asked the "Captain” to retake and the colt did easily to the :55.2.
"I was looking to see what was happening and wanted to keep my colt out of trouble,” Tetrick said. "He likes to see other horses and likes to have someone racing at his throat. He doesn't want to let other horses get by him.”
Captaintreacherous and Lucan Hanover (David Miller) then battled head and head past the 1:22.3 three-quarters, and all the way down the stretch, with former digging in the final few yards to best his rival in a gutsy effort. Wake Up Peter (Scott Zeron) notched the show money.
"When I first started out, this was the kind of horse I dreamed about,” trainer Tony Alagna said. "It's just super to come back to my home town and be treated so well. Last week he tied up at Hoosier and he trained well this week and his blood work came back well, so I felt much better about his chances tonight after he warmed up.”
Captaintreacherous's career earnings now stand at $2,973,286. (Balmoral Park)