06/15/2013 11:57PM

Mohawk: Captaintreacherous wills himself to $1,000,000 North America Cup win

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Derick Giwner
Myron Bell (far left), Joe Sbrocco, Tim Tetrick, Marcial Orantes and Tony Alagna join Captaintreacherous in the winner's circle.

The cream always rises to the top. Such was the case on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack when Captaintreacherous willed himself to a 1 1/2 length victory in the $1,000,000 North America Cup.

It was no surprise when Fool Me Once was fired off the gate by driver Syvain Filion, but few thought Captive Audience would be moving just as quickly at the start and post the first quarter fraction of 26 1/5 as the leader.

The lead was short-lived. Fool Me Once was rapidly sent back to the top and cruised past the half in 54 seconds. The first-over Vegas Vacation was somewhat ineffective at mounting a charge and Captaintreacherous was hardly on his helmet through a fast 26 2/6 third quarter.

At the head of the lane, driver Tim Tetrick unleashed Captaintreacherous as the pace took its toll on Fool Me Once. It was hardly a visually impressive stretch rally. It was more class shining through. Tetrick asked Captaintreacherous for all he had and the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure did his job, scoring the 1:48 3/5 victory.

Twilight Bonfire finished well along the pylons for second and Wake Up Peter made up ground from fourth over for third.

 “At the top of the lane I was thinking that they were four or five ahead of me and my cover is not going anywhere, but after the fast three quarters, I thought I had the best horse. I didn’t use my horse and he gave me a really good finish,” said Tetrick, who joked that he was just glad he didn’t fall out of the bike in deep stretch.

Trainer Tony Alagna was all smiles for hours after the race and said he was confident at every point in the mile.

“I have so much faith in this horse and so much faith in Timmy. I’ve known Timmy since he was 8 years old. The horse showed up and everything came together,” said Alagna. “I wasn’t concerned because I know this horse’s will to win and I knew he would get it done if at all possible. It is a characteristic of a great horse and he is a great horse.”

The winner’s circle at Mohawk after Captaintreacherous won was nearly as crowded as the packed grandstand. Many of the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership stable were in attendance, including Joe Sbrocco, who spoke from the heart about Myron Bell, Brittany Farms’ racing manager.

“Myron, thanks for making my life so happy,” said Sbrocco. “I have such faith in this horse.”

Some would argue that Captaintreacherous did not dominate his competition. Some will say he still has more to prove. There are always doubters.

“He’s a great horse and everybody needed to see that he is a great horse,” said Alagna. “One day I want to be able to look and say I trained one of the greatest horses and stallions in our industry, and I truly believe this horse is special. This horse is never going to let himself get beat if he can help it.”

The future plans for Captaintreacherous, who has been cared for by guatemalan native Marcial Orantes, remain up in the air. He will head back to his home at Gaitway Farms in New Jersey on Sunday and relax until Monday morning when Alagna will jog him.

“The horse will tell me if we are going to the Hempt (June 22 eliminations at Pocono Downs) or whether we’ll skip it and go to the Meadowlands Pace (July 6 eliminations),” said Alagna, who has actually started planning much further down the road.

“I’ve thought about all the reasons why this horse can be that (special) horse. I bought a filly this spring with a gentleman thinking that someday her pedigree is going to match up well with Captaintrecherous’ pedigree when he goes to stud. So you can’t think any further ahead than I already do,” said Alagna.

Captaintreacherous, who has 11 wins in 13 career starts, earned $500,000 with the win and pushed his career bankroll to $1,467,570 (Canadian dollars).

Did we see the best 3-year-old pacer of 2013 win the North America Cup Final? The jury is still out. Did Captaintreacherous stamp himself as the leader of the pack? No question about it.