10/12/2013 9:36PM

Breeders Crown: Captaintreacherous keeps finding more in elimination victory

John Sannucci
Captaintreacherous (4) has now won 11 of 12 starts in 2013.

Capatintreacherous had nothing his way and yet he still found a way to win his $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old colt pacers.

Captaintreacherous left strong off the gate but was met by Vegas Vacation from the inside and that one refused to yield. Driver Tim Tetrick had to wrangle Captaintreacherous back into the pocket after the opening quarter in 26 1/5. He remained in that spot until just past the 54 3/5 half when Tetrick popped out of the pocket for round two against Vegas Vacation. The duo hooked up past three quarters in 1:22 2/5 and you could sense that Captaintreacherous, despite a tough trip, was far from done.

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“Captain” would edge clear in deep stretch and easily hold Sunfire Blue Chip, who enjoyed his cover, and the late charging Beach Memories in 1:49 2/5.

“I tried to go to the front and Brian (Sears) wanted to cut it,” said Tetrick. “I sat in the two-hole as long as I could and when I saw someone coming I had to pull.

“He was mad, as mad as I was about being stuck in the hole,” continued Tetrick, on the Captain's mindset.

“My horse got out of the gate so well I figured I would try to take a shot and cut the mile,” said Sears, who finished fourth.

Owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, the colt upped his record to 11 wins in 12 starts this year for trainer Tony Alagna.

The top three along with Vegas Vacation advanced to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Colt Pacing final on October 19 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs.

The first elimination for second-year pacing colts produced a world record clocking of 1:48.

Fool Me Once assumed early command but was quick to give way to the favored Sunshine Beach past the quarter in 26 seconds. Sunshine Beach kept the pace moving by the half in 53 4/5 before meeting Lucan Hanover approaching the third call in 1:21. During that third quarter, Sunshine Beach took a bad step or jumped something on the track which clearly caused him some momentum.

Lucan Hanover battled with Sunshine Beach in the stretch and proved best nearing the wire for driver David Miller and trainer Casie Coleman. The gelded winner is owned by West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun.

“He doesn’t give up, he’s wicked fast and he’s always showed me his talent from day one,” said Coleman. “He’s just finally proving it on the racetrack. I think my owners might have thought I was crazy when I told them how nice a horse he was and now he’s starting to prove it. “

Captive Audience, Apprentice Hanover and Fool Me Once also advanced to the final.

3-year-old Colt Trot Eliminations

Driver David Miller found rare early speed from All Laid Out and was able to use that trait to work out a perfect pocket trip and score a victory in the first 3-year-old colt trot elimination in 1:52 4/5. That time would later be equaled by Spider Blue Chip when he captured the second division and also earned the right to draw for an inside post.

Smilin Eli two-moved to the front well past the opening quarter in 27 seconds and was able to back down the second quarter in 30 seconds. With a tactical advantage the favored Smilin Eli was in charge, but Ron Pierce made his presence felt by unleashing Deadliest Catch with a three-wide move passing the five-eighths marker and turning up the heat nearing three quarters in 1:24 3/5. Those two battled into the stretch before Smilin Eli edged clear and would have to brace for All Laid Out. The latter was simply too much late and got up at the wire.

Noel Daley trains All Laid Out for the All Laid Out Stables. He will be joined in the final by Smilin Eli, Deadliest Catch and Dewycolorintheline.

“I didn’t say anything to Dave; I just told him to not drive him like a chicken,” said Daley on the strategy to leave off the gate. “I didn’t tell him to leave, that was his call. I was a little surprised to see it. He used to do a few things wrong early, but touch wood, he’s been good of late. He ended up with a good trip by doing that.”

Ron Pierce took charge with Spider Blue Chip in the second elimination. After a solid opening quarter of 27 seconds, the Hall of Fame driver was able to back down the half to just 56 2/5 and was winging all alone on the engine at that point. Three quarters came up in 1:24 2/5 with no challengers as Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life was simply rated first-over by Brian Sears and E L Rocket waited in the pocket.

In the stretch, E L Rocket took his shot up the cones and put a scare in Spider Blue Chip but was held at bay in a 1:52 4/5 mile. Creatine was locked in along the pylons and settled for third while Royalty For Life got fourth. Aperfectyankee finished fifth and also earned a berth into the final.

Chuck Sylvester trains Spider Blue Chip for David McDuffee and Melvin Hartman.

“He is very relaxed with an open bridle but he doesn’t try too hard. When we have to go we switch to a Kant See Back bridle,” said Sylvester on the equipment for the evening.

Post positions for the 3-year-old colt pace and trot finals will be announced next week. Elimination winners will choose for posts one through five.