The first of two $25,000 eliminations for the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace was billed as "Captaintreacherous vs. Foiled Again” as the richest horse of 2013 squared off against the richest horse of all time for the first time in 2014. But nobody told Domethatagain and driver Simon Allard and trainer Rene Allard.
Driven perfectly by Simon Allard, Domethatagain, a son of Bettor's Delight, rallied up the inside to just catch Captaintreacherous by the scantest of margins in 1:48, ahead of Bettor's Edge, the game first-over Foiled Again, and fifth-placed Sunshine Beach.
Track geometry was never proven more important as Domethatagain (post one), Bettor's Edge (post two), and Captaintreacherous (post four) left in tandem, with Bettor's Edger forced to retreat to the inside and Captaintreacherous forced to go up past the :26 opener to get the lead, posting splits of "53.2 and 1:21 as he resisted the raw bid of Foiled Again.
Turning for home "The Captain” seemed to have clear sailing home, but Allard rallied Domethatagain up the famed Pocono Pike to just catch the favorite in the shadow of the wire, returning $60.20 to his scattered backers. Rene Allard conditions the upsetter for Allard Racing, Robert Hamather, and Bruce Soulsby.
In the second Franklin elim, Sweet Lou, who has been the most consistent free-for-all pacer lately, restored order to the handicapping universe as the 1-2 favorite by crushing his field in 1:47.4, equaling his life mark. Sweet Lou tucked before the 26.4 quarter, then moved frontward and had reached the lead by the :54 half. The son of Yankee Cruiser smoked a 26.4 backside, then cruised home in 27 unurged by driver Ron Pierce to win by four lengths over earlier leader Bolt The Duer, Captive Audience, and Allstar Legend for the ownership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Harr, and Collura. (PHHA/Mohegan Sun at Pocono)