Captaintreacherous wins Tattersalls in 1:47.2
October 05, 2013
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Captaintreacherous kept his firm command over the 3-year-old pacing colt division this year as well as repeating Pacer of the Year honors with a 1:47.2 victory in the first of two $215,500 Tattersalls Pace divisions on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The reigning champion showed his determination as he fought off a game Vegas Vacation from the top of the stretch to the wire, which he crossed a neck in front of his rival.
Leaving from post 5, driver Tim Tetrick had to tap Captaintreacherous a couple of times as he cleared to the lead in the first turn over the David Miller-driven Beach Memories. The heavy favorite kept control through a half in :53.3 and three-quarters in 1:20.2, as Brian Sears began a quick first-over assault on the lead.
Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation raced on even terms through the lane, with the latter even appearing to poke his head in front briefly. But "The Captain" fought back and he held Vegas Vacation at bay for the victory. Beach Memories held for third over a late-closing Sunshine Beach and John Campbell.
"I looked over right before the draw gate and Brian still had the plugs in; he was playing it right because he knows when my horse sees him he fights," said Tetrick. "He tried to time it right but my horse just fought back. He refuses to lose. He amazes me. He's beat halfway down the lane and he finds a way to win. That's what champions do. I didn't breathe for the whole minute and 47 seconds."
"He just keeps digging. They get past and he comes right back. He doesn't give up and you don't teach that, that's something you're born with.
Sears agreed Vegas Vacation had a short lead in the stretch, but Captaintreacherous wouldn't yield.
"We needed someone to cook it up for us," said Sears. "We had him headed a couple of steps in the stretch, but that horse does what he has to do."
Sears said the first-over trip suited Vegas Vacation fine.
"My horse has been first-over a lot," he said. "It's not a bad spot for him. That's really his style. It's how he likes to race."
The win was Captaintreacherous's 10th in 11 starts this year; his lone loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the Aug. 17 Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. His victories include the Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Cane Pace as well as his career-best 1:47.1 last week in a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile.
Trained by Tony Alagna for Captaintreacherous Racing, the son of Somebeachsomewhere now has seasonal earnings topping $1.6 million and a career bankroll of more than $2.5 million. Alagna said Captaintreacherous will return to his home base in New Jersey on Monday to await the upcoming Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, which has eliminations scheduled for Oct. 12.
The first Tattersalls division was slated as Race 5, with the second $215,500 split carded as Race 10. Shortly after the ninth race, a thunderstorm moved into the area which prompted a delay in the races. When the horses made their way onto the track after about 10 minutes, a steady rain began to fall over The Red Mile.
While Fool Me Once gave a game effort in the rain, he couldn't fight off the late rally of Sunfire Blue Chip and Yannick Gingras, who rallied past for a 1:49.4 victory. Dedi's Dragon also closed to take second with driver Tetrick as Fool Me Once held onto third.
Jimmy Takter trains Sunfire Blue Chip, whose seven wins this year also include the Adios final at The Meadows in late July. The son of American Ideal is owned by Christina Takter, brothers John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and RAW Equine. Sunfire Blue Chip's 2013 earnings went past the half-millon-dollar mark with the win.