06/14/2012 9:40AM

North America Cup: How "Sweet" it is?


Below is my horse-by-horse lowdown for the C$1.5 million North America Cup Final on June 16 at Mohawk Racetrack along with my morning line. I’m not giving out my selections here, but those will be available Thursday afternoon on our MOHAWK EVENT PAGE, where you can find LIVE VIDEO for the Saturday card, FREE full card and video ANALYSIS, video REPLAYS of all the eliminations, and much more.

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(1) BETTORS EDGE (20-1) gunned to the front, yielded to the favorites and chased home while out-kicked late. It is worth mentioning that the chart has him listed on the rim at the half, which is incorrect. He is going to need a career effort to get a check.

(2) DAPPER DUDE (8-1) was fourth over, swung wide into the stretch and out-finished five others in a blanket photo. It was a decent effort but you will still get some value on him should you like him in the final. You have to wonder if he ends up first over from this post.

(3) TIME TO ROLL (5-1) followed fifth on the rim and angled widest in the stretch. He came home very willingly and simply ran out of track. He is clearly one to watch in the final and the inside draw should help him work out a sweet trip. The talent is there.

(4) SWEET LOU (7-5) pulled past the quarter and quickly rushed up to attack the leader. Once clear at the half he continued to post ambitious fractions and dug in gamely while all out to post the fastest 3yo mile in Canada. From what we have seen so far, this guy could turn out to be one of the best horses ever. The road to the winner’s circle goes through this likely 4-5 shot.

(5) THINKING OUT LOUD (15-1) had cover before the half but that foe was not gaining. Randy Waples swung wide at three quarters and the colt gained some late ground in a very fast mile. This son of Ponder rallied pretty nicely despite that poor cover. Another step forward in the final would give him a shot at a nice check.

(6) STATE TREASURER (30-1) saved ground and advanced into the three-hole along the cones by the time the field hit three quarters. He could not find room up the pylons and had to split foes. Jamieson got him going late but others were pacing faster. Son of Real Desire could be a decent colt but seems up against it in this spot.

(7) A ROCKNROLL DANCE (8-1) left but backed off into third. He moved uncovered just before the half and charged at the leader. Despite bobbling in the stretch when the leader bore out into him, he battled nicely to just make the final. Considering the trip, this guy was pretty impressive; showing speed at multiple points in the mile. He was as good of a fifth-place finisher as a horse could be and one to watch at a better price in the final.

(8) WARRAWEE NEEDY (4-1) flashed some speed but was looped away from the gate. Jamieson refused to tuck third and drove on to the top between the quarter and half. He was immediately met by Sweet Lou and yielded the lead. In the stretch he took aim but could not gain. His second place effort was a stellar performance considering he hadn’t raced since November 2011. He stamped himself as a clear second choice to Sweet Lou.

(9) PET ROCK (10-1) picked up cover at the half but sat just off that escort around the final turn. Driver Brian Sears strangely elected to stay right behind the first over horse into the stretch rather than angle to the outside. When that foe was interfered with he had to veer right for room and he battled nicely but should have had more considering the easy trip. This colt didn’t seem sharp in his elimination and will be hindered by the bad draw but clearly has talent.

(10) SIMPLY BUSINESS (25-1) moved uncovered nearing the half but never found his top gear. It looks like he would need a big wakeup call to have any shot at hitting the board.