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Pace elim strategy 'backfires' for Up The Credit

July 11, 2011

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Trainer Carl Jamieson told harnessracing.com Monday morning that Up The Credit, who finished eighth last Saturday night for driver Jody Jamieson in his Meadowlands Pace elimination and failed to advance to this Saturday’s $1 million final at the Meadowlands, came out of the race in fine shape and will now try to make amends in the $100,000 Pace consolation. Up The Credit could not make up any significant ground after getting away seventh, and was beaten by Custard The Dragon by six lengths in the 1:50.2 clocking.

“There’s nothing wrong with the horse, it was the way the horse was driven,” said Carl Jamieson of the come-from-behind strategy used by his son. “He hadn’t raced in three weeks and I think he was trying to drive him and conserve a little bit, but it backfired.”

Up The Credit was seventh at the :55.3 half posted by Custard The Dragon, who then picked up the pace with a third quarter of :28.3 to reach the three-quarters in 1:24.1. Jamieson tried to move Up The Credit three wide at that point but it was to no avail. Up The Credit was then charted ninth at the three-quarters, but had closed the gap on Custard The Dragon by 3 ¼ lengths. Despite pacing his own last quarter in :26.2, Up The Credit couldn’t gain any ground.”

“He just got a bad trip all the way around,” said the trainer. “Jody moved him up on the back straight but nobody went anywhere so he just sat there because you couldn’t go three wide then, that’d be kind of stupid. He said he should have left with him but he didn’t. He thought he’d drive him easy and it backfired. Those things happen in horse racing.”

Up The Credit is the first North America Cup winner since Red River Hanover in 2002 to start in the Meadowlands Pace elims and not make the final. Red River Hanover finished seventh in his Pace elim and then came back to win the $100,000 consolation.

Jamieson said Up The Credit is spending the week with stable assistant Matt Kitchen at trainer Mark Ford’s farm in Middletown, N.Y. After the consolation Up The Credit will be pointed toward the Aug. 14 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs.

“I think he’ll drive him a little bit different. (in the consolation),” concluded Jamieson.

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