05/30/2013 8:49AM

Mohawk: Coleman sends out a talented pair in Somebeachsomewhere

Michael Burns
Casie Coleman hopes to use the Somebeachsomewhere stakes as a springboard to another North America Cup trophy.

The Somebeachsomewhere (formerly the Burlington) has always been a stepping stone for the $1,000,000 North America Cup. While some would argue the $75,000 split divisions came up light this year, trainer Casie Coleman, who sends out a pair of promising colts, sees a tough group and hopes her duo can live up to expectations.

The lead dog in the Coleman brigade with a focus on the NA Cup is Vegas Vacation. A winner of just 1 in 10 starts as a rookie pacer, the son of Bettors Delight has returned to the races with a vengeance. Vegas Vacation easily cruised through two conditioned events at Woodbine (non-winners 2 & 3 races), with his latest triumph, a 1:49 3/5 clocking, ranking him as the third fastest sophomore of the year.

“I have three that I’m aiming for the Cup and right now he is the better horse going in,” said Coleman of Vegas Vacation, compared to fellow Somebeachsomewhere entrant See And Ski and Lucan Hanover, who starts in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on Saturday at the Meadowlands. “[Vegas Vacation] looks like he should be good in there (his SBSW division). He was very good in his last start and Scotty (Zeron) didn’t even pull the ear plugs.”

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Facing a field of six foes, Vegas Vacation (post 2) could face his toughest test from Sweet Talkin Satin or Captive Audience. The former has only finished worse than second once in 10 lifetime starts. He will start from post 1 with Richard Zeron in the bike. Captive Audience banked over $176k as a 2-year-old and finished a fast closing second in both of his 2013 assignments. He starts from post 5 with Randy Waples listed to drive.

The second Somebeachsomewhere marks the seasonal debut of Odds On Equuleus. Following a strong freshman campaign where he won five races in nine starts and earned $413,665, the Robin Schadt trainee put in three strong qualifying miles at the Meadowlands to prepare for Saturday. Regular driver John Campbell will have the lines from post 2.

Coleman’s second charge, See And Ski, will have his work cut out for him from the outside post 7. The lightly raced son of the race’s namesake Somebeachsomewhere went winless in four starts last year but has visited the winner’s circle in each of his two starts in 2013.

“He’s a green horse who just won his maiden,” said Coleman on the Jeffrey Snyder-owned colt. “I wish we had a couple of faster miles in him already. He really needs a mile in 1:50 or (1):49 under his belt to move on to the Cup.”

Although See And Ski has some catching up to do, Coleman knows she has a good one on her hands and feels it is just a matter of time. Citing the bad luck she has experienced in the Meadowlands Pace, the half-brother to multi-millionaire Well Said is the only colt Coleman made eligible to the July race.

“He’s a very talented horse. Once we get to the middle of the summer, he’ll be a major factor,” said Coleman.

From top to bottom, the second division is stacked with talented colts. Fool Me Once starts from the rail having won all three of his 2013 starts. Driver Sylvain Filion had his option and chose Fool Me Once over Sunshine Beach, who was an impressive four-plus length winner in 1:50 2/5 to start the year. He will start from post 6 with Chris Christoforou in the bike.

Scott Zeron will drive Vegas Vacation and See And Ski on Saturday.

The pair of Somebeachsomewhere events are carded as races 3 and 9 on the 12-race program. First race post time is 7:25 pm.