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Betting Line 5-2 morning line choice in NA Cup

June 14, 2016
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Post positions were drawn Tuesday afternoon for Saturday night's 33rd renewal of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. The press luncheon was held at Mohawk, with Jason Portuondo hosting and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner, the 2015 CHL Player of the Year, serving as guest drawmaster.

The connections of NA Cup elimination winners Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks earned the right to choose their post, and trainer Casie Coleman, who won the draw to select first, went with post 3. In talking to Portuondo, Coleman said Betting Line "trained like a beast" earlier on Tuesday. Betting Line will be driven by David Miller.

Steve Elliott, the trainer of Boston Red Rocks, was not in attendance, but he appointed horseman Paul Reid to then select post 4. The 2015 Breeders Crown champ will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky.
 
Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks, both impressive winners of last weekend's eliminations, headline a field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.
 
The 33rd edition of the world's richest pacing event will go postward at 10:40 p.m. EDT and will be shown live on TSN2 in a special one-hour presentation from 10–11 p.m. ET. The winner earns $500,000. It marks the 16th year of Pepsi's sponsorship.

Lyons Snyder, a son of the aforementioned Well Said, finished second in last week's elim to Betting Line and drew post two for Saturday's race. Trained by Mark Silva for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Brantford, Ontario, Lyons Snyder has won four of seven races this year, including a division of the Somebeachsomewhere on June 4 in a career best 1:49. He was winless in five starts as a rookie.

Snyder has won four Cups as either owner or co-owner – Cams Card Shark (1994), Red River Hanover (2002), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Well Said (2009).

Silva will also send out Michaels Victory, also owned by Snyder, who finished third to Boston Red Rocks in his elim. The son of Rocknroll Hanover, a three-time winner in 11 starts, will be driven by Scott Zeron and start from post five.

Control The Moment, another son of Well Said, trained by Brad Maxwell and driven by Randy Waples, enters off a fourth-place finish to Betting Line in his elim. With two starts under his belt this season, the Maxwell trainee will start from post nine in the Cup.

Last year, Control The Moment, owned by Philadelphia's Control The Moment Stable, enjoyed great success, winning eight of nine for $461,457 in earnings. His biggest victory was the Metro Pace.

Waples drove Thinking Out Loud to a memorable Cup triumph in 2012.

Trainer Ron Burke, who conditioned 2014 Cup winner JK Endofanera, has two hopefuls in Big Top Hanover and Manhattan Beach. Big Top Hanover, with Yannick Gingras, finished a closing second to Boston Red Rocks in his elim and has drawn the rail for Saturday night. The Burke trainee has four runner-up finishes this year, to go along with two thirds in seven starts. The son of Western Ideal, co-owned by Burke Racing Stable as well, had an excellent two-year-old season, earning $490,880 while winning four of 15 starts, highlighted by a victory in the Matron and a runner-up finish in the Breeders Crown.

Manhattan Beach,a son of 2008 Cup winner Somebeachsomewhere, was fifth to Boston Red Rocks last Saturday and is a two-time winner in 15 career starts. Corey Callahan will drive the Burke student and start from post eight.

Tony Alagna, who trained 2013 Cup winner Captaintreacherous, hasRacing Hillin the final, after a third place finish to Betting Line in his elim. Although winless in three starts this year, Racing Hill won five of 10 last year for owner Tom Hill of Hamilton. Brett Miller, who has twice finished second in the Cup - with We Will See in 2010 and Tellitlikeitis in 2014 - will drive the son of Roll With Joe. Racing Hill starts from post six.

Magnum J, co-owned and trained by Gregg McNair with son Doug McNair in the bike, drew post 10. The son of Big Jim finished fourth to Betting Line last week and is a three-time winner. Beast Mode, a five-time winner from 16 starts for owner-trainer Christopher Nicol of Waterdown, Ontario, landed post seven. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven finished fifth to Betting Line in his elim and will be driven by Trevor Henry.

In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009. Hall of Famer Bettors Delight has won the race by the largest margin, four and one-half lengths, in 2001.

Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers Saturday, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising Races 9 through 12 and featuring the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and Pepsi North America Cup.

The $370,000 Roses Are Red for filly and mare pacers is headed by elim winners Anndrovette, Lady Shadow and Solar Sister. The incomparable nine-year-old Anndrovette is a three-time winner of the stake, has earned over $3.5 million and will be seeking a 46thcareer win in her 136thstart.

The $438,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies includes elim winners Good Will Hanover and Darlinonthebeach, along with last year's divisional champions L A Delight and Pure Country.

Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m.

Here is the field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup
1. Big Top Hanover (Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke) 6-1
2. Lyons Snyder (Sylvain Filion – Mark Silva) 4-1
3. Betting Line (David Miller – Casie Coleman) 5-2
4. Boston Red Rocks (Tim Tetrick – Steve Elliott) 3-1
5. Michaels Victory (Scott Zeron – Mark Silva) 12-1
6. Racing Hill (Brett Miller – Tony Alagna) 10-1
7. Beast Mode (Trevor Henry – Christopher Nicol) 20-1
8. Manhattan Beach (Corey Callahan – Ron Burke) 15-1
9. Control The Moment (Randy Waples – Brad Maxwell) 8-1
10. Magnum J (Doug McNair – Gregg McNair) 15-1
AE: American Passport (Scott Zeron – Tony Alagna)
 
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