10/19/2013 11:47PM

Breeders Crown: Captaintreacherous shows his determination in Crown victory

Derick Giwner
Flanked by Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna and the happy connections, the "Captain" poses for yet another winner's circle picture.

Captaintreacherous once again proved why he is the best pacer in training. The 3-year-old showed that he has no quit in him by besting a very game Sunshine Beach in 1:49 2/5 to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown for colts and geldings.

Driver Tim Tetrick wanted the lead and hustled Captaintreacherous away from post one.

“I didn’t want to take a chance that something happened like last week. I wanted to make sure I was controlling it and everyone knew it,” said Tetrick.

After yielding briefly to Sunfire Blue Chip by the quarter in 26 1/5, Captaintreacherous was back on the move to the front. He would get a relatively soft 55 2/5 half as Sunshine Blue Chip, who had been taking air on the rim from the start, began to turn up the heat. The pace picked up noticeably as the pair hooked up by three quarters in 1:22 1/5. Sunfire Blue Chip was still in the pocket and Lucan Hanover followed the live cover.

Tetrick pulled the earplugs on Captaintreacherous at the head of the lane as Sunshine Beach refused to back down. The crowd roared as two of the best sophomore pacers in the sport gave their all. Sunshine Beach was great in defeat by just a neck to the resilient ‘Captain’.

Lucan Hanover finished third in the mile.

“I knew it was going to be a sprint. Sunshine (Beach) is a great horse but my horse likes to win,” said Tetrick, who has driven some of the best horses in the sport, but holds Captaintreacherous in very high regard.

“I’ve never driven a horse that fights as hard as he does every week. He lets them get so close and he makes me so nervous, but when it is go time he fights and fights and holds everyone off,” said Tetrick.

Tony Alagna trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Captaintreacherous Racing.

With 12 wins in 13 starts this year, Captaintreacherous has now earned $1,874,273 on the season.

Staying with the boys and switching to the trot, Spider Blue Chip made two moves to the front to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for second-year trotters.

Spider Blue Chip, Creatine and Smilin Eli all flashed strong early speed with Spider Blue Chip eventually securing the front after yielding and retaking past the opening quarter of 27 2/5. Once in front, driver Ron Pierce was able to back down the pace to a 56 3/5 half with Smilin Eli and Creatine following along the cones.

All Laid Out made a non-threatening first over move and Spider Blue Chip sailed by three quarters in 1:24 3/5. It was Spider Blue Chip’s race to lose and Creatine took his shot up the cones to no avail. ‘Spider’ would hang on by a neck in 1:53 3/5.

Smilin Eli rounded out the trifecta.

“He has been so consistent every week,” said trainer Chuck Sylvester.

Co-owned by David McDuffee and Melvin Hartman, Spider Blue Chip now has 10 wins in 18 starts this year. He went over the $1 million mark in earnings with the win.

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William Hartenstine More than 1 year ago
The Captain does it again....notice Sunshine Beach couldn't gain an inch down the lane. The Captain refuses to let a horse get past him. Once he sees another horse next to him he digs down and hold them off. It looks like he likes to give the other horse hope that he can get by him. But they can't. It's like he enjoys letting them get close but he is just breaks their will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yep, the Captain does it again. Don't believe you can teach a horse to be this competitive. They either have it or they don't. He's so much fun to follow. Congrats on another stirring performance.
Pamela Barnard More than 1 year ago
Actually Sunshine Beach was gaining down the stretch and only lost by a head and Lucan Hanover was flying and would have likely got both with the Captain falling to third with another stride or two. The Captain is great but Sunshine Beach had the 8 hole coming first over outside the whole way. Is there Trakus for standardbred racing like thoroughbreds because if there was it would prove how much further Sunshine Beach paced.
Dante Sindori More than 1 year ago
Tetrick has still not learned his lesson. He booted the Captain again. No fines will be coming, I'm sure. Judges in this game always look incompetent.