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Field and post positions set for Metro final

August 23, 2008
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Three $40,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk determined who will race for $1 million Metro pot next Saturday night, and the youngster who stepped to the front of the class was Annieswesterncard, who turned in a sizzling 1:50.4 elim win for owner Sawgrass Farms and Joe Seekman, the same team who enjoyed a fast win with Art Official earlier in the day.
 
Annieswesterncard was making his first start outside the states of Illinois and Indiana. The previous week he competed in the Fox at the Indiana State Fair but suffered a miscue due to a wet spot on the track. This time he cruised to his fourth victory in seven starts this year. The son of Western Hanover, a gelding, was bred by Sawgrass principal James Jesk as well.
 
Yannick Gingras drove Anniesweterncard to the victory.
 
\"John\'s (Campbell, driving Denim Hanover) wheel was half coming apart behind the gate, so having him in front of me, I wasn\'t real comfortable with that,\" said Gingras. \"I was keeping a close eye on it and around the last turn I had a ton of horse, so I had to give him a shot. This horse always shows last quarters in :26 seconds on his program, so I knew he had plenty of ability.\" 
 
Well Said, the latest offspring out of the prolific mare Must See (dam of Glowing Report and other stakes winners) finished second for trainer Steve Elliott while Count On Art was third for trainer Erv Miller. Vertigo Hanover, who finished third in the Woodrow Wilson, failed to advance to the final.
 
Woodrow Wilson winner Major In Art enjoyed a cheap first half as the leader ((:27.4 and :57.3) and was not about to be denied, winning in 1:53 for driver Brian Sears and trainer Justin Lebo. The colt by Art Majoar is now four for five this year.
 
\"I\'m sure he was a little short tonight,\" admitted Sears. \"He\'s still very green you know, going to the front he kinds of let you go a little bit, but when he heard the horses coming on he just picked up the bit and did what he had to do.

\"He was running in a little bit,\" Sears added. \"This is a new track, a new surface and
banked a little more than he\'s used to so hopefully they can make a  couple of changes or do some vet work, whatever has to be done. He\'s still kind of figuring things out as he goes along.\"
 
The other elim winner was Nebupanezzar, who picked up his fifth victory thanks to a 2 1/4 length score in 1:51.3 (last quarter :27.1).  With Steve Condren driving for trainer Bob McIntosh, the son of No Pan Intended took the lead just past the quarter and was never seriously threatened.
 
\"He (Nebupanezzar) is quite a talented colt. I just wish he was a bit quieter tonight,\" said winning driver Steve Condren. \"He was a little bit of a handful tonight, but I\'m sure between Bob and his crew, they\'ll have him better for next week.
 
\"He hasn\'t disappointed me at all yet, this colt,\" Condren added. \"I tapped him once
tonight and I think that might be the first time I did and he had lots to go. There\'s only one start where somebody got up to him and he put them away that time.\"

It was a new lifetime mark for the colt who is owned by the Peter Pan Stables of Pepper Pike, Ohio.
 
Artist\'s Rally finished second and Scottie C finished third, both securing their spots in the final.
The $1 million Metro Pace will be part of a power-packed program next Saturday night at Mohawk which also includes the Breeders Crown championships for the older performers and the final of the She\'s A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies.

All three winners got to choose their posts for the final. Here is the
field for this year\'s Metro Pace in post position order:

1. Nicholas C Hanover
2. Nebupanezzar
3. Annieswesterncard
4. Major In Art
5. Well Said
6. Amazon Art
7. Artists Rally
8. Part Shark
9. Scottie C
10. Count On Art

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