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Sophs shine in NA Cup

June 12, 2004
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Georgia Pacific went the fastest of four eliminations for the North America Cup Saturday night (June 12) at Woodbine, with Panspacificflight, Rogue Hall and Western Terror also posting victories.



With Brian Sears driving, Georgia Pacific left from the eight hole to get the lead heading down the backstretch. John Campbell pulled Metropolitan to the outside followed by David Miller and Modern Art. After opening quarters of :25.4 and :55, Campbell appeared to be going by Georgia Pacific with his charge but Sears decided to keep his rival parked through a 1:22.3 three-quarters clocking.



Meanwhile, Miller had moved three wide and got caught outside around the final turn. Georgia Pacific stayed game to go on to the 1:49.4 victory, with Metropoitan second. The Preacher Pan (Luc Ouellette) closed late to edge Skydancer Hanover for show honors. Modern Art was fifth.



Western Terror lit the board at odds of 12-1 in winning the opening North America Cup elim for driver Steve Condren. Western Terror closed late to surge past Village Hero N (Richie Silverman) in 1:51. Mantacular (Cat Manzi) was third.



Also scoring in 1:51 in his respective NA Cup elim was Rogue Hall, whose driver Paul MacDonell surprised everyone by leaving from the outside nine post. After letting favored Spirit Of A Shark (George Brennan) to the front approaching the half, MacDonell came back outside in the final turn and went on to the victory. Rapid Dialing (Condren) came on to be second, with Spirit Of A Shark holding for third.



"Paul (MacDonell) shocked the hell out of us but he's the driver and we leave it up to him," admitted owner Bob Grand afterward.



Panspacificflight was the biggest favorite to win his elim but was ironically the slowest at 1:51.3. Panspacificflight rebuffed a late bid from Camelot Hall (Brennan) to get the victory. Western Prince (Miller) was third.



The top two finishers in each elim will return for the $1.5 million (C) NA Cup final on June 19.
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