09/21/2013 10:11PM

Hoosier: The "Captain" on cruise control in 3-year-old invite

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Derick Giwner
Captaintreacherous

Uncle Peter, driven masterfully by Dave Miller, overtook even-money favorite Market Share in the closing strides to capture the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic Saturday night at Hoosier Park. The four-year-old by Cantab Hall upset at odds of 6-1. Uncle Peter scored in 1:52 3/5, a track mark at the Anderson, Indiana oval.

Miller put Uncle Peter in a three hole after leaving alertly from post eight. Wishing Stone took control of the pace from the outset with Arch Madness getting away second.

Wishing Stone, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, cut nicely rated fractions of :27 and :56 1/5 before Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick moved to the outside. Market Share was powerful and surged past Wishing Stone following the 1:25 2/5 three quarter clocking. At this point Uncle Peter needed to find racing room but Miller managed to angle free and Uncle Peter did the rest.

“I was looking to leave and I actually got away better than I had expected,” said Miller following the race. It was that close early position that gave Uncle Peter a chance to close in on Market Share and the Jimmy Takter trainee was relentless.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get there but he gave a really good close,” said Miller.

Market Share held on for second with My MVP failing to cash in on a live cover trip finishing third.

With the win Uncle Peter’s lifetime bankroll went over the $1 million mark.

Ron Pierce allowed pacesetter Uffizi Hanover to walk to the half in :59 flat before pulling the three hole with Act Now. Once he took action the race was essentially over in the first of two Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes events for two-year-old pacing fillies worth $138,300. The daughter of Western Ideal made the lead in a heartbeat and then paced a final half in :54 3/5 to easily best Uffizi Hanover with Instant Respect finishing third. Act Now won for the third time in five starts pacing the mile in 1:53 3/5.

“She was really disappointing in Canada,” said Nikolas Drennan, Act Now’s trainer. “I didn’t want Ron (Pierce) to race her hard and it worked out perfectly.”

Trainer Ron Burke’s even-money favored entry finished one-two in the $139,550 second division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management. Southwind Silence avoided a breaker before the quarter then carved out a perfect pocket trip behind entrymate Allstar Rating and strolled home an easy 1:53 3/5 winner, her third straight. Yannick Gingras guided the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion to victory. Allstar Rating finished second with Magnifique along late for third.

In a $50,000 three-year-old Invitational pace Captaintreacherous paced a routine 1:49 4/5 mile going wire to wire. The reigning Pacer of the Year set fractions of :26 3/5, :55 4/5 and 1:23 3/5 before cruising to the finish with a :26 1/5 final quarter.

Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna as Captaintreacherous essentially picked up a $25,000 appearance fee for the effort.

The “Captain” paid $2.10 across the board, with $209,677 wagered to show on the champion.

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