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Mcapulco fastest in WEGZ stakes elims

February 12, 2011
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A trio of $20,000 WEGZ Stakes eliminations took place tonight at Woodbine Racetrack with Mcapulco, Aled Hanover and Vertical Horizon scoring the victories.

Mcapulco went gate-to-wire for driver Mario Baillargeon to capture the first elimination in 1:51.2, a new lifetime best.

The son of Mcardle flashed the quickest speed off the gate from post  six and rolled past the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. Mcapulco would continue to lead past the half in :55.4 and his lead increased to over eight-lengths past three-quarters in 1:22.4, thanks to a :27 third quarter. Eagle Artesian (Mike Saftic) was well behind the leader in second with Kaos Agent (Jonathon Drury) sitting third.

As Mcapulco turned for home, he still had a handsome lead on his seven rivals but with a sixteenth of a mile to go that lead began to shrink.
Stand Hanover and Simon Allard were closing with every stride but ran out of real-estate and had to settle for second with Automatic Slims (Jack Moiseyev) third.

Trained by David Menary for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, Mcapulco scored his 16th career victory and as his lifetime earnings increased to $213,931.

Aled Hanover used his patented off-the-pace tactics to track down pace-setter Daddy Mac in the second elimination.

Just like Mcapulco did in the first elimination, Daddy Mac (Keith Oliver) was sent to the front past the opening quarter in :28, ahead of Digam (Randy Waples) and Dodge Mahall (Anthony MacDonald).

Daddy Mac would continue to lead his rivals past the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. Around the final turn, Aled Hanover (Jody Jamieson), who was sitting fourth, committed first-over and was only a
few lengths behind Daddy Mac turning for home.

Daddy Mac was still in control late in the mile but Aled Hanover wore him down in the final strides to score the victory in 1:52.4. Daddy Mac held on for second over Brave Alex Semalu (Simon Allard).

Aled Hanover, a son of Western Hanover, increased his career earnings to $103,100 for trainer Tony O’Sullivan and owner John Fielding.

US invader Vertical Horizon survived a grinding first-over attack for driver Jody Jamieson to capture the third and final elimination from
post two.

The son of Western Ideal was positioned fifth in the early going as Royal Becquet (Simon Allard) cleared to the front before the opening quarter in :27.1.

Heading towards the half, Foolish Justice (Randy Waples) was not content in the two-hole and took over command to lead his rivals past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.2.

Jamieson elected to move Vertical Horizon to the outside around the final turn and was within striking distance of the pace-setter at the top of the stretch.

Vertical Horizon was able to track down Foolish Justice late in the mile and hold off a late challenge from Royal Becquet to score the victory in 1:52.4.

With $690,889 in career earnings, Vertical Horizon now has 11 career wins for trainer Nicholas Surick and Kdm Stables.

Next week’s $60,000 final will line up as follows:

1) Digam
2) Vertical Horizon
3) Aled Hanover
4) Mcapulco
5) Daddy Mac
6) Automatic Slims
7) Brave Alex Semalu
8) Foolish Justice
9) Royal Becquet
10) Strand Hanover
(WEG)
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