Powerful Mist looking for NA Cup victory
June 16, 2011
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Even after winning his Pepsi North America Cup elimination last weekend, Powerful Mist still might be considered a longshot to many handicappers when the field lines up for the $1.5 million final this Saturday at Mohawk.
Trained by Wayne Givens, the 3-year-old son of Powerful Toy-Misty Speed has already earned $186,000 this season from seven starts. With a recent third-place finish in his Somebeachsomewhere Stakes division two starts ago and finishing second in the $300,000 Hempt final earlier this year, Powerful Mist appears to have as good of chance to win the rich final as anyone.
"I don’t think there is a real standout (coming into the final), I still think my horse is one of the best ones," Givens commented. "I thought my horse had a real good chance of beating Big Jim [in the elimination]. I think my colt is real good and he’s on top of his game right now. I just thought he had a good shot."
The 13-time winner has exceeded Givens’ expectations as Powerful Mist has risen from the Delaware Sire Stakes program onto the Grand Circuit in fine form.
"I bought him for the Delaware Sires Stakes. I went to the Winbak Sale for that purpose and he just stood out to me, he was the class of the sale, so I bought him. Training down, he was perfect since day one. I remember calling my owners and telling them that we better pay this horse into a little more stakes events. So far it’s paid off."
After earning $212,537 from 16 starts as a 2 year old, including nine wins, Givens began his star’s sophomore campaign in March. The first stakes event for Powerful Mist was in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) on April 14, which he captured with ease.
"I decided to fire him up a little early because I thought that race would be a nice fit for him. He was the top Delaware-sired 2 year old last year and winning the $100,000 final would make up for the money being spend on stakes payments this year," Givens laughed.
Owned by Legacy Racing, Niel Gargiulo and Louie Paglierani, Powerful Mist has earnings of $398,537 lifetime with a 1:50.2 speed record.
One Saturday night, June 18, Powerful Mist will be looking to once again make his trainer proud in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup final. (WEG)