10/30/2013 1:16PM

Hoosier Park: Captaintreacherous tops stakes-filled card in Monument Circle

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Derick Giwner
Captaintreacherous and Myron Bell.

Breeders Crown champion Captaintreacherous is the odds-on favorite to capture Friday’s $250,000 Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. A leading contender for Horse of the Year honors, the three-year-old Tony Alagna trainee hopes to continue his winning form and increase his chances of year-end honors.

“Racing at the top level of the three-year-old pacing class is different,” said Myron Bell, who manages Captaintreacherous. Bell is obviously partial and would like to see his horse earn the year-end title, but at the same time is mindful that others in the conversation, namely Bee A Magician and I Luv The Nitelife, are “great horses too.”

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While Bell takes every race seriously, it’s hard to look at the field assembled on Friday night and single out one horse that can look Captaintreacherous in the eye on his worst day, let alone now when he is in peak form.

“Tony trained him a light trip last week and then he went in :58 and change on Monday,” said Bell. Captaintreacherous was shipped to Chicago first and will be vanned to Indiana on Friday morning in advance of the race.

A winner in 12 of his 13 starts this year, Captaintreacherous starts from post two in the 11th of 14 races on the Hoosier Park program.

Beach Memories, fourth in the Breeders Crown, is likely the sharpest of his nine rivals in the Monument Circle. Trained by Brian Brown, Beach Memories sports a second, two thirds and a fourth in his last four starts, all races where he’s had to deal with Captaintreacherous. Friday’s assignment may prove an even a bigger challenge since he will have to start from the second tier (post 10).

Fool Me Once sports 10 wins this season in just 16 starts for trainer Mark Austin. The Art Major-sired colt was a handy winner in the New York Sire Stakes championship at Yonkers on September 28, but since that mile he has struggled some, including a fifth-place finish in a Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono that denied him entry into the final. Fool Me Once, a winner of more than a half-million dollars in 2013, drew post eight.

The Monument Circle is one of three significant stakes events on the program at Hoosier Park on Friday, with the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby likely to be the most exciting event of the evening. Carded as race 10, the Pacing Derby has all of the major players in the aged pacing ranks on hand, including the richest horse ever in North America, Foiled Again. The recent Breeders Crown champion drew post six for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. He’ll be looking for his third straight victory in the Pacing Derby.

Pet Rock, a nose behind Foiled Again in the Breeders Crown, will try to regain his winning form for trainer Virgil Morgan and driver David Miller from post three. A back-to-back world champion by virtue of his 1:47 2/5 performance at Scioto and 1:48 1/5 effort at Delaware, the son of Rocknroll Hanover is always a threat against this class.

Earlier this year Bolt The Duer captured the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park for trainer Pete Foley. The son of Ponder finally gets a break in the draw on Friday after some luckless shakes at Pocono. Bolt The Duer drew post two and that has to feel good for driver Mark MacDonald after earning minor checks in the Breeders Crown elimination and final due to posts eight and nine.

Warrawee Needy (post eight) picks up driver Tim Tetrick for the first time and Golden Receiver (post nine) hopes to rebound from a disappointing outing in the Breeders Crown.

“That was a tough pill to swallow,” said Mark Ford, trainer of Warrawee Needy, the four-year-old that appeared on his way to victory in the Breeders Crown before making a break in the stretch. “He’s trained back well and I’m expecting him to rebound on Friday.”

The $286,500 Carl Erskine for three-year-old male trotters is also co-featured on the program and slated as race nine. The race pits Breeders Crown winner Spider Blue Chip (post 1) against Crown runner-up and Kentucky Futurity winner Creatine (post 2).

Post time for the Hoosier program on Friday is 5:30 pm.

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Dante Sindori More than 1 year ago
Captain T's connections have a yellow streak on their back. And they must really need the money. Daddy Beach would be ashamed if he knew. Who remembers that epic battle against Shadow Play in the Messenger? THAT is what a great horse is made of. They duck the Messenger and put him in against the second stringers. If the horse doesn't win in a breeze, he should not even be considered for HOY any longer. They are so scared of losing that they are proving their lack of confidence in the horse and diminishing his legacy.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
I Concur!!!!!!!
The Big B More than 1 year ago
Got to agree. Any horse professing to be a Horse of The Year favorite should be in The Messenger, not in yet another ho-hum race to pad the record.