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Straight Shooter, Arctic Warrior win Cup consolations

June 28, 2009

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He may not have qualified for the big dance, but Straight Shooting nonetheless fired off one of his best efforts in the C$40,000 North American Cup Consolation II on the undercard of Pepsi North America Cup Night at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday.

With North America’s leading driver Tim Tetrick at the controls, Straight Shooting, after leaving from the eight hole, overtook the early leader, Mighty Me, before the half, in :54.2, then withstood a challenge from the even money favorites, Ideal Danny and driver Ron Pierce, through the lane to post a one-half length victory in a career-best 1:50. Chief Of The Beach finished third.

Last week, the son of Western Terror, after being parked for a half-mile, made a break in his Cup Elimination while fourth at the head of the stretch, before eventually finishing a distant ninth to Mr Wiggles.

It was his second win in seven outings this season, after an excellent juvenile campaign which saw him win three of eight starts, with major victories in the C$100,000 Metro Consolation and the C$193,100 Nassagaweya at Mohawk.

Trained by Tracy Brainard, Straight Shooting, as the 4-1 third choice, returned $10.10, $6.70 and $4.00, combining with Ideal Danny ($2.70, $2.40) for a $34.80 Exactor. An 8-2-3 Triactor was worth $372.60, while a $1 Superfecta, with Stonebridge Terror on the bottom, paid $821.20.

In the second of two $100,000 consolations for the Pepsi North America Cup, the Ben Wallace trainee Arctic Warrior vanquished Bay Of Sharks and set a new lifetime mark of 1:49.3, while snapping an eight-race winless streak.

Mario Baillargeon sent Bay Of Sharks sharply off the wings to lead the field of 10 through to the half-mile marker, in :54.3, with Arctic Warrior and Dave Miller pocket-riding. Just past the half, Tim Tetrick energized Schoolkids to challenge, and that colt put the pressure on Bay Of Sharks while boxing-in Arctic Warrior through the far turn and into the stretch.

Though Bay Of Sharks was able to hold-off Schoolkids, who appeared to lock on one line for Tetrick, the burst of speed he produced in deep stretch finally provided an opening for Arctic Warrior, who took advantage of the racing room to collar his rival and sweep under the wire a head in front. Bay Of Sharks settled for the place spot, and Lisagain (George Brennan) scooted up for third.

Arctic Warrior is a 3-year-old, gelded son of the Pacing Triple Crown winner Blissful Hall, who appropriately enough was also campaigned by Wallace. This was his first win of 2009 for the owners, the Wahoo Stable, Paul Eyerly, Carl Vizzi, and James Novinger, though as a 2-year-old he laid down a record of 6-3-1 in 10 starts. (WEG)

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