11/01/2013 9:57PM

Hoosier Park: Dedi's Dragon defeats Captaintreacherous in Monument Circle

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Dedi's Dragon and Yannick Gingras scored a 43-1 upset in the $250,000 Monument Circle.

Dedi's Dragon shocked the racing world and may have put Captaintreacherous’ Horse of the Year bid in jeopardy with a surprising score in the $250,000 Monument Circle at Hoosier Park on Friday night. Driver Yannick Gingras managed to carve out a second over trip with the 43-1 shot from the Ron Burke stable.

Captaintreacherous, sent off at 1-9, quarter-moved to the front after the :26 opening quarter set by Fool Me Once. The Breeders Crown champion cut the half in :55.

Beach Memories and David Miller challenged through a 1:23 1/5 third quarter.

In the stretch Captaintreacherous appeared in danger, with driver Tim Tetrick urging him on, but it took the length of the stretch for the previously unheralded Dedi's Dragon to wear him down in a 1:50 4/5 mile.

“I was hoping to be second,” said Yannick Gingras about his chances at the head of the stretch. “Ronnie (Burke) told me the horse warmed up better than he ever did.”

Ironically, Dedis Dragon’s appearance in the Monument Circle was a result of him not qualifying for the Messenger final at Yonkers this past Saturday.

The winner, a son of Dragon Again, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura and T. Hendler.

Creatine rebounded from a bitter defeat in the Breeders Crown to turn the tables on Spider Blue Chip and capture the $286,500 Carl Erskine for three-year-old trotters. The Bob Stewart-trained son of Andover Hall took the lead immediately from post two with Hall of Fame driver Mike Lachance in the bike. Creatine set a well-rated tempo of :27 2/5, :57 3/5 and 1:26 2/5 for the first three quarters.

Odds-on favorite and Crown champion Spider Blue Chip was poised in the pocket behind the winner from the start and driver Ron Pierce tipped the gelding out in early stretch to take a shot at the winner. But Lachance and Creatine were skmply too strong, holding on by a narrow margin in the 1:54 3/5 mile.

“We just ran out of track in the Breeders Crown,” said Stewart after the victory. “He’s got one more race (the American-National at Balmoral).”

Creatine was the second choice at 2-1 with Spider Blue Chip finishing second and 71-1 shot Dewycolorintheline finishing third.

The theme of Breeders Crown retribution continued as Pet Rock and Foiled Again reversed the decision two weeks ago, with Pet Rock and driver David Miller holding off the bid of Foiled Again to score in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The Virgil Morgan-trained world champion idled out of the gate from post three and then made a swift move before the half to gain control. Golden Receiver had cut the opening quarter in :25 2/5 but Pet Rock had control in :53 4/5 and awaited challenges.

Foiled Again was able to find a hole early and he marched up without cover. The richest North American standardbred attacked without cover through a 1:22 2/5 three quarter clocking but was unable to wear down the pacesetter in the 1:50 3/5 mile.

Pet Rock scored for the fifth time in 16 starts this year as the 3-2 public choice. Foiled Again finished second with 34-1 shot Dynamic Youth squeezing between horses late for the third spot.

“He showed his guts,” said Morgan after the race. 


The Big B More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, things have a way of working out in mysterious ways. Just seems right. Hopefully this puts a huge dent in any Horse of The Year aspirations for CT.
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Serves the connections of Captain Treacherous right for NOT going to Yonkers and run in the Messenger, the race you are SUPPOSED to race a top three year old in. Clearly, they are fearful of running him on a half-mile track and he should be penalized severely just for that. Even if he were to win the FFA event Nov. 30 at The Meadowlands, he would to need to win convincingly over a top group at Yonkers on a half-mile track to have ANY consideration for the three year old title, let alone Harness Horse of the Year. They deserve this loss for not going to Yonkers.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
He can't beat top older horses. He's done for 2013.....
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Then hopefully at four he can prove he can race on the half mile tracks in the Levy series at Yonkers. They may now have to go in that to start his season to shut up many critics.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
They've been babying this horse all year long and it caught up with them. Having said that, I always felt that Bee A Magician is more deserving of HOY honors. By far, the more dominant horse of their respective divisions....
Electrocutionst More than 1 year ago
No way he should of lost that race in a slow time to 2nd rate 3 yr olds to boot. Why the connections even took the chance on losing that race baffles the mind. Nothing to gain, everything to lose. Just totally had his reputation ruined after that. And how did he manage to run the worst race of his life to these horses!?
W.G. More than 1 year ago
The connections clearly were fearful of running him over a half-mile track and it showed here. He should be severely penalized for not racing in the Messenger at Yonkers.
roaringgoodtime More than 1 year ago
Obviously, they didn't think he would lose that race. I don't think he needed to race at Yonkers, but he should be penalized for skipping the Jug. Still, if he wins at Balmoral and then better older horses at the Meadowlands, I don't see how he shouldn't be the Horse of the Year.
W.G. More than 1 year ago
He should have raced at Yonkers. The Messenger is the third leg of the Triple Crown, and should be mandatory. In fact, if I ran the USTA, I would make it clear that NO TRACK is allowed to schedule a competing race for three year olds of their respective gaits opposite a Triple Crown event. If they have to, their event is moved to early in the season (Hooiser's for instance I would insist they move to April).