Lucan Hanover was full of steam down the stretch and just got up to beat favorite Sunshine Beach to win the first Breeders Crown elim division for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Pocono Downs. The time for the mile was 1:48, a world record for sophomore gelding pacers.
Fool Me Once was quick to take the lead with Lucan Hanover second and Sunshine Beach third. The first quarter blazed in 26. Sunshine Beach was not content to sit in the catbird seat so driver John Campbell pulled him and shot for the lead, driving on top to a 53.4 half.
As three-quarters clicked in 1:21 driver David Miller and Lucan Hanover mounted a surging charge to duel Sunshine Beach and the two raced in tandem to the wire with Miller getting Lucan Hanover up for the speed badge.
Captive Audience finished third for replacement driver Andy Miller.
Casie Coleman trains Lucan Hanover, winner of an elim heat of the Little Brown Jug, for owners West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun. He is a gelding son of Western Ideal-Lauren Order. Hanover Shoe Farms bred Lucan Hanover.
Casie Colman said, "In the Jug in the final he had some interference in the last turn. I think he would’ve been second and maybe given Vegas a run if that didn’t happen.
He doesn’t give up, he’s wicked fast and he’s always showed me his talent from day one. He’s just finally proving it on the racetrack. I think my owners might have thought I was crazy when I told them how nice a horse he was and now he’s starting to prove it.
"Dave [Miller] had a hold on him still and he wasn’t getting too excited. When they went real quick and he was sitting third I was liking where we were sitting. It was looking good.
"He wasn’t staked in Lexington so we were able to give him a little breather. He’s got a tough little run now. He’s got almost seven or eight in a row so if all stays good he’s going to be a busy boy. Hopefully we’ll have a good last half of the season.”
Captaintreacherous was challenged and challenged again throughout the mile but was strong enough to win the second Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt pace elimination at Pocono Downs on Oct.12. His win times was 1:49.2.
Captaintreacherous was steered by his regular pilot, Tim Tetrick, who took on every duel in the mile, beginning with the first panel when he left but was parked by Vegas Vacation. Dueling into a 26.1 quarter and almost locking wheels with his challenger, Captaintreacherous settled into second and let Vegas Vacation go to the half in 54.3.
Captaintreacherous came out again and rushed up to take on Vegas Vacation nose to nose and battle through a three-quarters in 122.3 as Sunfire Blue Chip came three wide to take a shot at the top two.
But Captaintreacherous refused to surrender, regardless of the stressful trip, which got to Vegas Vacation as he faded eventually to fourt, though Sunfire Blue Chip kept going to get second and Beach Memories passed tired ones to take third to make the Oct. 19 final.
The Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure, bred by White Birch Farms and owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, won his 11th of 12 sophomore races, paying $2.60.
"I tried to go to the front and Brian [Sears on Vegas Vacation] wanted to cut it so I had to go behind him or sit parked the whole way,” said Tim Tetrick. "I sat in there as long as I could. I can’t say enough good things about this horse. He’s tough as nails.
"He was mad because he had to sit in a hole; about just as mad as I was. He toughed it out. That’s what great horses do. Whenever there are six horses in a race, five of them are trying to beat you. For some reason he keeps winning.”