09/19/2013 10:43AM

Hoosier: Captaintreacherous to highlight Saturday's stakes card

Derick Giwner

Captaintreacherous, harness racing’s defending Pacer of the Year, will head a field of seven sophomore pacers entered in a $50,000 3-year-old Invitational pace at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Saturday, Sept. 21.

With wins in the 2013 Meadowlands Pace and North American Cup, Captaintreacherous will ship to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval after a win in the $360,211 Cane Pace on Sept. 2. Tim Tetrick will follow his mount to Hoosier Park and will start from post six in the 11th race on the 14-race card that will begin at 5:30 p.m., ET.

Boasting a career bankroll over $2.3 million, Captaintreacherous compiled four wins of 1:50 or faster in his first season of racing and became the first freshman in racing history to accomplish that feat. Trained by Tony Alagna, the sophomore pacer has won seven of eight starts this year and more than $1.4 million in purses for his connections, Captaintreacherous Racing.

While looking to score his eighth win of the season, the connections of the harness racing superstar have agreed to donate 20 percent of Captraintreacherous’ earnings from Saturday’s race to assist the Animal Protection League, a local non-profit organization that finds homes for unwanted animals.

The evening will also be complimented by the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic and two $138,000 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. In addition to the open stakes, the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts will be contested on the card. The purse money to be distributed throughout this action packed Saturday night of racing will be more than $750,000.

“This truly could be the finest card from top to bottom Hoosier Park has ever carded,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore, noted. “To have horses of this quality racing at Hoosier Park speaks volumes to where our racing program has come and where it is going.”

Along with the action taking place on the track, racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wagering opportunity offered exclusively for the Sept. 21 card at Hoosier Park. In a partnership with the U.S.Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer a $15,000 (guar.) Pick-4 pool on races eight through 11.

The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the eighth race, while the featured event, the $50,000 3-year-old Invitational pace, will be the fourth and final leg of the Pick-4 wager. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager will be at 7:50 p.m., ET.  The Pick-4 wager will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four-of-four winners on Saturday.

--edited release (Hoosier Park)

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