"The Captain" returns Sunday at Pocono
May 16, 2013
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Defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous makes his 3-year-old debut Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the 10th race, one of four divisions of a $250,344 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes.
The son of Somebeachsomewhere, trained by Tony Alagna, starts the season racing under the new banner of Captaintreacherous Racing. "The Captain" comes into the event off of three solid qualifying victories, including a 1:51-53.4-26.4 engine jaunt at the Meadowlands last Saturday. Like his star Thoroughbred counterpart Orb, racing in the Preakness the day before, Captaintreacherous will be starting from the rail Sunday–only in The Captain's case it's the outside rail in a field of seven, which shows four horses beating 1:53 already this year. Tim Tetrick will be in his familiar sulky position behind Captaintreacherous.
Featuring in other Sires Stakes divisions (which are racing, incidentally, one day after eight divisions of Stallion Series competition for this age/sex/gait) are proven stakes winners Our Dragon King, Apprentice Hanover and Twilight Bonfire, plus two chancy types: Eddie Sweat, who takes the big step up after winning the PA Stallion Series championship last year, and Beach Memories, who tripped the timer in 1:50.2f in only his second start of 2013.
Also a big highlight will be the $25,000 Mares Preferred Pace in race 9. Blue Chip Matchmaker champion Feeling You will seek to gain revenge on the freewheeling Camille, who nosed her out here last week but now loses post advantage, and they both had better watch for Economy Terror, double world-record setter at Pocono in taking her PA Sires Championships at two and three and who gets the rail for her second start of the year.
First post for the big Pocono Sunday night card is 6:30 p.m. (Pocono Downs)