07/13/2013 11:05PM

Meadowlands Pace: Captaintreacherous still perfect after Pace win

Derick Giwner
Trainer Tony Alagna is all smiles as he pats Captaintreacherous after his Meadowlands Pace win in 1:48 1/5.

He came. He raced. He conquered.

Captaintreacherous left no stone unturned in a breathtaking and easy command performance, capturing the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace for driver Tim Tetrick Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

The outcome was hardly in doubt though outside leavers Wake Up Peter and Rockin Amadeus attempted to make things interesting by asserting themselves as the gate opened. Yannick Gingras, behind Rockin Amadeus, looped the entire field to get control into the first turn. Captaintreacherous and Tetrick minded their business while leaving the gate and then proceeded to the front at the quarter in a controlled :27 flat.

From that point it was a game of cat-and-mouse, with Tetrick calling all of the shots and 5-2 second choice Odds On Equuleus sitting in the three hole. The real question that was taking place during the middle half is when John Campbell, behind Odds On Equuleus, would take the bait. Sunshine Beach, with George Brennan, last week’s elimination winner, was sitting fourth with Brennan moving to the outside many times between the first and third quarter and attempting to goad Campbell into attack mode. The veteran Campbell moved when he was ready and in the process that kept all challengers very far away from Captaintreacherous.

Tetrick didn’t allow what was going on behind him to change his strategy. He also wasn’t going to let his horse get lazy or fall asleep as he’s been prone to do. On this night Captaintreacherous would dictate strong fractions of :54 1/5 and 1:21 en route to an impressive 1:48 1/5 victory, a personal best.

Odds On Equuleus moved to challenge approaching the three quarters and held his ground determinedly for the place spot with Sunshine Beach, Resistance Futile and Beach Memories earning the final checks.

“I had to get up in the race and make my own destiny,” said Tetrick after the race. “My horse jumped off the wings really quick, I made my way to the front and that was it from there.”

Now unbeaten in six starts this year, Captaintreacherous moved past the $2 million mark in career earnings for trainer Tony Alagna and the Captaintreacherous Racing stable.

“We are going to give him about three weeks off and then qualify probably at Pocono and get him ready for the Battle of the Brandywine,” said part-owner Myron Bell about Captaintreacherous’ future plans.