Although he went off at 2-5 in the wagering as part of an entry with A Rocknroll Dance, Dynamic Youth posted an upset on Monday afternoon in the $322,716 Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs. A Rocknroll Dance finished fourth.
Dynamic Youth is not eligible to the Little Brown Jug but could be supplemented thanks to his victory in the Cane. Although primarily a New York Sires Stakes competitor, in his start prior to the Cane he finished second in the Confederation Cup final.
Leaving from post position number four in a field of nine, Dynamic Youth and George Brennan got away eighth as Time To Roll (Ron Pierce) led the Cane Pace field through a blistering :25.1 opening quarter. As the field headed by the stands and the fans for the first time, Yannick Gingras angled A Rocknroll Dance to the outside from fifth but was used hard to get to the front, clearing by the half in :53.
Down the backside and headed toward three-quarter mark, Bettor's Edge tried a first-over bid with Pet Rock (Brian Sears) perfectly placed on his helmet second-over. Brenan and Dynamic Youth also picked up a cover trip third-over behind Pet Rock as the three-quarter mark was reached in 1:20.3. Around the final turn Sears tipped Pet Rock three wide off cover and he responded, pacing by A Rocknroll Dance on the lead, but his biggest threat was still looming.
Down the stretch Pet Rock and Dynamic Youth battled nose to nose with Dynamic Youth and George Brennan edging Pet Rock to win by a nose in 1:48.4.
"I came into the race with really no game plan, just hoping for a speed duel up front and pick up some of the pieces, and we ended up with the biggest one," said Brennan. "I never went to the rail with him just sort of floated out there and got Pet Rock in front of me and we just followed Sears' helmet from there.”
The mile erased the previous track record for 3-year old gelding pacers that Dynamic Youth established in July of 1:49.3.
Aaron Lambert trains Dynamic Youth, a 3-year old son of Bettor's Delight – Always True, for Silva, Tucci, and C & G Racing. The win was the fifth in 13 seasonal starts for Dynamic Youth, who with the win increased his seasonal earnings to more than $396,000.
Pet Rock and Sears finished second, with Bettor's Edge finishing third. A Rocknroll Dance faded to fourth while elimination winner Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) was in trouble from the beginning of the race, having to drag back to last out of the gate, but still finished fifth. Dynamic Youth returned $2.90 for the win, but was part of a Silva owned entry with #1A - A Rocknroll Dance.
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