06/18/2016 10:59PM

Mohawk: Betting Line posts record performance in North America Cup

Derick Giwner
The connections of Betting Line were all smiles after his North America Cup win

In a division that was crying out for a leader, Betting Line stepped up on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a 1:47 4/5 record-equaling performance to capture the $1,000,000 North America Cup.

The pace was reasonable in the early stages as Control The Moment fired off the gate to wrestle command from Racing Hill prior to the 26 4/5 opening quarter. But the cadence quickened in a hurry when Lyons Snyder was sent hard for the lead as the field entered the backstretch.

Control The Moment refused to give an inch as he battled with Lyons Snyder past the half in 53 4/5 as Racing Hill watched in a cozy pocket position. Meanwhile, Betting Line sat fifth along the cones and began to edge to the rim on the final turn ahead of Boston Red Rocks.

The pace began to take its toll on the leaders, and Racing Hill pounced following three-quarters in 1:20 3/5. It looked like Brett Miller’s race to lose behind the Tony Alagna-trained colt, but Betting Line and David Miller were gobbling up ground in chunks through the stretch and edged clear in the late stages to win by one length over Racing Hill. Control The Moment was five lengths back in third and Boston Red Rocks took fourth.

The final time equaled the track, stakes and Canadian record for 3-year-old colts set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012.

“I was a little concerned around the final turn that I wasn’t closer, but he really has a big gear to him when you ask him. I asked him halfway through the stretch and he really took off,” said Miller, who scored his first North America Cup win after nearly 20 attempts.New Image MediaDave Miller ended his North America Cup drought with authority thanks to Betting Line

“I’ve been lucky enough that almost every year we’ve had one in the Cup, but this is the second time we’ve been able to win it,” said Coleman, who won with Sportswriter in 2010 and became just the third trainer with multiple Cup wins. 

“I was really confident with my horse, and I loved the way the trip was setting up until he was lagging back a bit, but then when I saw the fractions pop up, they were going a lot, so you knew they had to eventually, hopefully, get tired. He’s a champion this horse, and he dug in and got the job done,” said Coleman.

Betting Line, now a career winner of 10 races in 17 starts for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol, became the sport's newest millionaire with the victory. The son of Bettor’s Delight, out of Heathers Western, has now earned C$1,119,918 in his career.

As far as the Grand Circuit scene, Betting Line will rest on his laurels over the next couple of months. His next race against open horses is approximately two months away in the Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs on August 20.

“He is going to have a week off, and then he’ll race in a Gold (Sire Stakes) here at Mohawk two weeks after this,” said Coleman on the colt’s schedule. “After the Gold he has about three weeks off and then another Gold; I’m going to take care of him a little bit. After that he has the Battle of the Brandywine, he has the Little Brown Jug, he has the Breeders Crown. He has lots of stakes on his card, but when you are going for $100,000 in your backyard, I want to take some of that money, too.”

Next up for the majority of the 3-year-old pacing group is the Max Hempt eliminations at Pocono Downs on Saturday, June 25.