Alcarine parlayed a second-over trip into a Super Bowl upset in the $58,000 series final for 4-year-old trotters on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Driven and trained by Daryl Bier, Alcarine sat off the early pace set by Zeitgeist and followed favorite Dolce Ducci as that one tried to muscle up for the lead entering the final turn. Bier sent Alcarine three wide in the lane and she brushed past the tiring leaders to post a length victory in career-best 1:55.1 clocking. Sent off at 17-1, Alcarine paid $36.80. Willie Count was a length behind in second, while Dolce Ducci held on for third.
"I just wanted to fall somewhere in mid-pack," Bier said. "I knew I had to beat Andy (Miller and Dolce Ducci) and Brian (Sears and Zeitgeist), but I thought if I could get away mid-pack and pick up a little cover, we'd be right there. It worked out very well."
Alcarine entered Bier's Dover, Del.-based barn three weeks ago. She won her first start for him, the first leg of the Super Bowl, by a neck in 1:55.4, but was a distant runner-up to Monsignor Flan in the second leg of the series last week. Owned by Nicholas Cimino of Pompano Beach, Fla., Alcarine has now won six of 25 career starts and $64,527.
"The second time I raced her, there was a horse out there who was parked and I didn't really want to go three wide with her," Bier noted of her start prior. "She probably should have won that race.
"I told everyone in Delaware to bet on her tonight," he added. "I'm trying to get the handle up here. We're trying to help the Meadowlands. I love this place and I'd hate to see it go."
Alcarine is racing in the harness of the late Riley Rose, a top open pacing mare campaigned by Daryl's father, trainer Art Bier, and driven by his younger brother, Sean, in many of her starts. Riley Rose, who was euthanized last October, earned $548,798 in her career and took a mark of 1:49.2 at the Meadwolands.
"We had to put Riley Rose down, but she lives on," he said. "Alcarine's wearing her headband. It's really sweet."
Driver Andy Miller gave Tryst a perfect second-over steer to victory in the $43,500 White Ruffles for 4-year-old pacing mares. She wore down the game, first-over challenger Fax Me and held off a late charge by runner-up Summer Snow for a neck victory in 1:52.4. She paid $13.40.
"I was just trying to get a live trip," Miller said. "I saw Brandon (Simpson and Fax Me) leaving out of there and decided to follow him. I was surprised to see Summer Snow (coming at us on the outside). (Summer Snow) was rough-gaited last week but put in a good effort tonight. I was happy to get the drive back on Tryst tonight. She marched right down to the wire."
Originally a $5,000 yearling, Tryst was a private purchase on May 28, 2009 by trainer Bob Rice and owner Alexander Rice Jr. of Townsend, Del. (Meadowlands)