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Big efforts needed to win ISS 2CP divisions

October 06, 2012

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Four divisions of the $347,200 International Stallion for 2-year-old colt pacers were contested Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Odds On Euuleus won he second division in 1:50 flat, shortly after the first split went to Fool Me Once in 1:51.3. Captaintreacherous continued his stellar season with a 1:50.3 score in the third division while Apprentice Hanover posted a come-from-behind win in 1:50.3 in the fourth split.
Odds On Equuleus, disqualified from first to last in a Bluegrass division last Saturday, received a perfect steer from John Campbell to earn the career-best victory in the $87,500 contest. Campbell got away second with Odds On Equuleus as he let Tim Tetrick and Doctor Butch clear coming out of the first turn, but then made a three-eighths move back to the lead.
Odds On Equuleus reached the half in :55 and then had a first-over Dress The Part and Ron Pierce at his side by the 1:23.3 three-quarters. After fending off that bid, Odds On Equuleus then had to fight off an inside rally by Doctor Butch to gain the victory. Dress The Part held for third.
Owned by trainer Robin Schadt and Dana Parham's Odds On Racing, the winning son of Art Major scored for the fifth time in nine starts, increasing his earnings to more than $413,000.
"In one word, this is sweet," said Schadt. "He's an exceptional colt."
Captaintreacherous was moved from third to first at the three-eighths and the son of Somebeachsomewhere remained to his task for driver Tim Tetrick to earn a hard-fought decision in the $86,550 division.
After Yannick Gingras took the field past the opening quarter of :28 with Dedi's Dragon, Tetrick moved Captaintreacherous to the front where he whirled through a half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. In midstretch the John Campbell-driven Hail The Taxi came flying on the outside but as Tetrick looked to his right he then had Gingras coming through with Dedi's Dragon. The two reached the wire together but the photo finish showed Captaintreacherous's nose in front.
Now a seven-time winner in eight starts, Captaintreacherous was a $250,000 yearling purchase by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Joe Sbrocco, with breeder White Birch Farm also re-acquiring an interest. The Tony Alagna-trained bay colt now has earnings of more than $833,000.
Jody Jamieson worked his way into third-over position in the final turn with Apprentice Hanover in the fourth $86,550 division and the son of Somebeachsomewhere outclosed the field for the victory. Early leader Urbanite Hanover and Ron Pierce finished second, with Artist Night and Yannick Gingras third.
An original $90,000 yearling purchase, Apprentice Hanover was bought privately earlier this year by Brad Grant. In the barn of trainer Ben Wallace, Apprentice Hanover won for the fifth time in eight starts this year. The freshman colt came into the race off a break in a Bluegrass division, but Jamieson said afterward he blamed himself for trying to move too quickly. Apprentice Hanover's career earnings now top $260,000.
In the opening $86,550 division, the Pierce-driven Fool Me Once won for the fourth time in eight starts. Finishing second was Twilight Bonfire, driven by John Campbell, with Modern Cruiser and Jim Morrill Jr. third.
Trained by Mark Austin, Fool Me Once is a son of Art Major. Austin shares ownership with Dan Smith. Fool Me Once's earnings now are more than $125,000.
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