Huntsville scores Cane Pace in 2:03
August 05, 2017
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Meadowlands Pace champion Huntsville turned in a gutsy effort Saturday, August 5 at the Meadowlands, claiming victory in the $334,325 Cane Pace for three-year-old pacing colts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the 1 1/8 miles contest, the first leg of the Triple Crown, in a time of 2:03. R J P and Yannick Gingras paced second followed by Downbytheseaside, driven by Brian Sears.
Drawing the rail in the day’s seventh race, Tim Tetrick was quick to place the Ray Schnittker-trained Huntsville on the front. Downbytheseaside and Sears, lined up in post five, dropped in behind the leader for a perfect two-hole trip. Lawrencetown Beach, driven by Joe Bongiorno, raced on the outside through fractions of :25.4, :54 and 1:21.4 before beginning to tire. R J P, moving from eighth to pick up the cover of Lawrencetown Beach, had to move three-wide for Gingras in order to threaten on the outside as the field raced into the turn.
Despite the challenge from R J P, Huntsville remained strong on the lead, fighting off the outside horse to reach the mile in 1:49 and eventually grinding out a neck win at the wire. With R J P hanging on the outside, Downbytheseaside, a supplemental entry, was bottled up along the inside with little options. The colt had to settle for third.
Bred by Schnittker and Charles Iannazzo, Huntsville earned his seventh win in 10 seasonal starts. The millionaire and World Champion is owned by Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold and Crawford Farms Racing. Huntsville has earned just over $894,000 in seasonal earnings and nearly $1.6 million in his career. He paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.10 with the win.