08/26/2012 11:30AM

Harness: Captaintreacherous fastest qualifier for $1 million Metro at Mohawk

Captaintreacherous, driven by Tim Tetrick, paces the mile in 1:49 3/5 in an elimination heat for the $1 million Metro Stakes at Mohawk.

In business,  you have to spend money to make money. In harness racing ,  the same adage is applicable, especially at yearling auctions. Last fall the money was flying for sons and daughters of the sensational Somebeachsomewhere. His first crop was highly anticipated. Following Saturday’s impressive Metro elimination victory, Captaintreacherous, a $250,000 yearling buy, seems to have been a bargain. The powerful colt paced in 1:49 3/5 for the second time in his brief career,  capturing the fastest of three $40,000 eliminations for the $1 million Metro Stakes at Mohawk.

With Tim Tetrick in the bike the Tony Alagna-trained 2-year-old Captaintreacherous  made two decisive moves and clicked off a  26 2/5-second  final quarter en route to his fourth victory in five career starts. Early pacesetter Johny Rock did his best to keep pace with the season’s most exciting 2-year-old  but was no match when it counted. Captive Audience closed sharply for third with Dress The Part finishing fourth and advancing to this Saturday’s  final.

Captaintreacherous wasn’t the only 2-year-old to go sub-1:50 on Saturday as another colt by Somebeachsomewhere named Apprentice Hanover was magnificent in his 1:49 4/5 effort. Trained by Ben Wallace, the $90,000 yearling tucked early,  then advanced to the front before the half. Once on the lead Apprentice Hanover showed a killer burst of speed losing pocket-sitter Rocknmyjeans entering the stretch and motoring home in  a  27 2/5 final quarter. Jody Jamieson guided the colt to his fourth victory in five starts. Vegas Vacation had some trouble steering in midstretch but finished with solid energy for the place spot with Rocknmyjeans holding down the final qualifying berth in this stanza.

Odds-on favorite Odds On Equuleus marched to his fourth straight triumph in the final Metro elimination for John Campbell. An Art Major-sired colt from the Robin Schadt stable, Odds On Equuleus  followed the live second over cover of Wake Up Peter and strolled off to a 1:50 1/5 career-best clocking while appearing totally in hand. Rockin Amadeus  rallied inside after a two-hole trip for the place spot with longshot Fool Me Once rallying for third.

The winners of each heat selected their posts for the final. The field from the rail out for the $1 million Metro will be: Johny Rock, Odds On Equuleus, Apprentice Hanover, Captaintreacherous, Captive Audience, Dress The Part, Rockin Amadeus, Fool Me Once, Rocknmyjeans,  and Vegas Vacation.

The $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady for 2-year-old  fillies produced some big miles, including a 1:50 1/5 world-record effort by I Luv The Nitelife. A  daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, I Luv The Nitelife  made three moves in winning last week’s Eternal Camnation at Mohawk and came back with one less move but similar dominance on Saturday. With Jack Moiseyev in the bike for trainer Chris Ryder,  I Luv The Nitelife easily defeated a solid closing Cult Status with Victoria Semalu finishing third.

The Somebeachsomewhere effect continued in the second Shes A Great Lady trial with L Dees Lioness going wire-to-wire for driver Scott Zeron in a career best 1:50 2/5 mile. The homebred from the top race-filly L Dees Val won for the third time in six career starts for trainer Casie Coleman.

The $610,000 Shes A Great Lady final will be contested this Saturday as well. The field in post order will be: Victoria Semalu, L Dees Lioness, I Luv The Nitelife, Beach Of A Time, Belle Boyd, Mattie Terror Girl, Cult Status, Macharoundtheclock, Parlee Beach,  and Miss Lauren.

The “Cheddarheads” were in full force again in the winner’s circle on Saturday as Betterthancheddar took the overland route to victory in a $50,000 elimination event for the Canadian Pacing Derby. With Golden Receiver and Foiled Again both taking byes, eight of the 10 finalists were determined by the elimination race. Betterthancheddar was able to secure a post of his liking as George Brennan put him close to the pace with an early move. A  4-year-old by Bettors Delight, Betterthancheddar  watched as defending Canadian Pacing Derby champion We Will See carved out a rated half of  55 1/5 with Luc Ouellette in the bike. Betterthancheddar advanced without cover towards the leader and was able to draft in behind him entering the stretch. Once Brennan called on his horse in midstretch the Casie Coleman-trained Betterthancheddar took off and rolled on to an easy 1:49 1/5 victory. Bettor Sweet, who along with Betterthancheddar captured a Breeders Crown event last fall at Woodbine, rallied inside for the place spot with Alsace Hanover going the long mile for third.

In the post draw for the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final the field from the rail out will be: We Will See, Hypnotic Blue Chip, Alsace Hanover, Golden Receiver, Betterthancheddar, Foiled Again, Bettor Sweet, St Elmo Hero, Aracache Hanover,  and Sparky Mark.