The Canadian Pacing Derby has a rich history as the oldest stakes race in Canada for Standardbred racehorses and on Saturday night the sport's top stars will bring their talents north for a pair of six-horse eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack.
The 2013 Pepsi North America Winner Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post five in the second $40,000 elimination. A two-time Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous has had to make the tough transition from age three to four this season, but has still shown his grit and determination facing the big boys.
Last Saturday night, 'The Captain' won the $34,000 Preferred in prep for the Canadian Pacing Derby and trainer Tony Alagna was delighted with his performance.
"I was happy with his effort, it was a confidence builder he needed going into this week's elimination," said Alagna. "We drew away from Sweet Lou, but we caught Bettor's Edge who has been racing really well, so hopefully the short field helps and he gets a fair shot again."
'The Captain' is a big fan of Mohawk Racetrack as he has never lost in six career starts over the Campbellville oval.
"He's always been his best up here," said Alagna. "We've had him up here for major races, so he's always been on his game when he came up here. He likes the atmosphere and he seems happy up here."
'The Captain' has two wins in seven starts this season and has never finished out of the money for seasonal earnings topping $176,000
The top horse this season on the WEG circuit, State Treasurer, will line up two spots inside Captaintreacherous.
State Treasurer has won the WEG Preferred six times this season and has won seven of his 12 starts for earnings of over $296,000.
Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer will be driven by WEG's leading driver Chris Christoforou.
The hottest horse in harness racing headlines the first elimination.
The Ron Burke trainee, Sweet Lou, enters his elimination on a nine-race win streak and having won his last seven starts in 1:47.4 or better
Sweet Lou has drawn post two in his elimination and will have his regular pilot Ron Pierce in the sulky.
A 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, Sweet Lou has made over $3 million in his career, but joining him in his elimination is the richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, Foiled Again.
Also trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again has earned over $6.3 million and continues to compete at the top level at the age of ten.
Foiled Again, who will start from post six with driver Yannick Gingras, is also a previous Canadian Pacing Derby winner having won the 2012 edition.
The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $650,000 final on Saturday, Aug. 30. Elimination winners may choose their post position for the final. (WEG)