05/10/2014 4:31PM

Harness: Alagna has Captaintreacherous ready

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Derick Giwner
Captaintreacherous still wet from his bath after a 1:53 training mile on May 10 at the Meadowlands.

Officially we will have to wait one more week before 2013 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous gets a charted line and makes his seasonal debut. While he was not a participant on a qualifying card that featured Bee A Magician and the currently undefeated-in-2014 Perfect Alliance, Captaintreacherous returned to the Meadowlands for the first time since November for a training mile.

According to trainer Tony Alagna, the workout, which took place about 9 am, could not have gone any better.

“I was extremely happy with [Captaintreacherous] and Timmy (Tetrick) was happy with the way he went as well,” said Alagna. “We didn’t want to go a super-fast mile, we just wanted to go big on the tail end. He went a mile in 1:53 flat with a first quarter in 30 3/5 and the final half in 53 seconds.”

Following a year when he went 13 for 16 and earned just north of $2 million, Captaintreacherous has been brought along patiently by Alagna with an eye on the big picture of having the greatest year possible.  

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“I feel like he is bigger and stronger with the extra year of maturity,” said Alagna, who admitted that he would be surprised if Captaintreacherous didn’t accomplish big things in 2014.”I know how much he changed from 2 to 3 and I know how much he changed from the beginning of his 3-year-old season to the end. I think he has gained even more from 3 to 4. We put the bike on him today and it barely fit him. You can actually see his hair on the shaft (pointing to the race bike) because he is so massive this year.”

Captaintreacherous is expected to qualify on Friday, May 16 and make his first start in the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity on June 14 at the Meadowlands.

Later in the morning, Horse of the Year Bee A Magician got back in the win column with a 2 1/4 length win over veteran trotter Celebrity Secret. Bee A Magician had the early lead through a 29 3/5 opening quarter but gave way to a headstrong Celebrity Secret before the half. In the stretch, Bee A Magician was asked lightly by driver Brian Sears and she sprinted home in 27 2/5 to polish off a 1:55 3/5 mile.

Pre-season Hambletonian Favorite Father Patrick also picked up his first victory of the year. He waited patiently while in close attendance for much of the mile before coming off the pylons at the three-quarter call and finishing with plenty of trot in a 27 3/5 final quarter (1:53 mile).

The most impressive trotter on the 12-race card was Perfect Alliance. The 4-year-old mare, who is unbeaten in nine starts this year, went wire to wire to win by over 13 lengths in a sparkling 1:52 3/5.

The standout pacer on the morning was Tellitlikeitis. The royally bred 3-year-old colt by Well Said-Kikikatie, waited in the pocket as fellow sophomore Somestarsomewhere set fractions of 27 3/5, 56 3/5 and 1:24 3/5. In the stretch, Tellitlikeitis was edged off the cones by driver Brett Miller and the Jimmy Takter-trained colt unleashed an explosion of pace with a 25 2/5 final quarter to complete the 1:50 1/5 mile.

Equaling the 1:50 1/5 performance, though unofficially, was another standout pacing colt named Western Vintage. He started in race 10 on the card but made a break on the final turn while trying to move to the front. After the races, he schooled behind the gate and put in the sizzling mile which concluded with a 53 4/5 final quarter according to this charter.

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