"Captain" wins; Normandy Invasion sets track mark
May 19, 2013
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Captaintreacherous won his 2013 debut on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, cruising to an under-wraps 1:49.4 victory in a $62,587 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division. Martini Hanover won the first of the four Sires Stakes splits in 1:49.3 to kick off the PASS season for the pacing colts while trainer Brian Brown sent out the other two winners, Beach Memories (1:50.3) and Normandy Invasion (1:48.4).
Captaintreacherous drew post seven and driver Tim Tetrick was patient as several horses left strongly from the inside. In the first turn, just as Tetrick was about to settle in fifth at the pylons, Terror High broke stride to the inside and Tetrick elected to move on. Captaintreacherous pulled alongside the pacesetting Twincreek Jesse and then took control at the halfway mark in :54.3, carving out the second quarter in :28 after the first panel was clocked in :26.3.
Captaintreacherous zipped by the three-quarter mark in 1:23.1 and was never seroiusly threatened, pacing home with no urging needed by Tetrick. Dedi's Dragon took second, 3 1/2 lengths back.
Captaintreacherous, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Tony Alagna.
Martini Hanover's victory was overpowering as he crushed his field by 5 1/2 lengths for driver Dave Palone and trainer Chris Ryder. Apprentice Hanover ralled from fifth at the half to finish second. Robert Mondillo of Delaware, Ohio, owns Martini Hanover, a son of Dragon Again.
Beach Memories, another son of Somebeachsomewhere, gave Palone another victory when he won his split by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:50.2. Brian Brown trains the winner for the Strollin Stable, AWS Stables, King McNamara and Country Club Acres.
Brown and Palone teamed up to take the last of the splits with Normandy Invasion, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere. His 1:48.4 mile set a track record, which he sealed with fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:21--a :26.2 third panel.