08/29/2015 11:59PM

Mohawk: Control The Moment tops Metro elimination winners

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Control The Moment won his Metro elimination in 1:52 1/5.

Undefeated Control The Moment powered home to a most impressive Metro Pace elimination victory at 1-5 and stamped himself as the clear-cut one to beat in the C$685,000 final for 2-year-old pacing colts on September 5. Voracity and Betting Line also won eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk to earn the right to choose their posts next Saturday.

Control The Moment was looped off the gate in the 26 3/5 opening quarter and settled in third for a brief stay. Driver Ron Waples soon had him on the move and lauched the Bradley Maxwell-trained colt to the front before the half in 55 4/5. Once in charge Control The Moment lived up to his name with a soft 29-second third quarter before sprinting away from the field in 27 2/5 for the effortless victory.

Ideal Rocky left for position and angled home for second. Racing Hill was in a somewhat dull flow and rallied wide for third to make the final.

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“He can do things that leave me in awe,” said Waples.

Now perfect in six starts, Control The Moment is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry.

The first elimination went to Voracity in 1:54 3/5 over the track rated good. The winner picked up somewhat dull cover and was sent wide at three quarters to vie for the lead. He hooked up in the stretch with stablemate American Passport, who was used to the front before yielding into the pocket in a 26-second opening quarter.

The pair of Tony Alagna-trained colts did battle in the lane with Voracity and Waples getting the better of American Passport right at the wire. Nvestment Bluechip was third. Cruise Patrol got fourth and won a draw to make the final.

“It was a big mile. The track was pretty tiring,” said Alagna.

Betting Line put in a strong mile of his own with a 1:52 2/5 score in the final Metro elimination. After settling in heading to the opening quarter in 27 4/5, Betting Line was sent to the front by driver Steve Condren and secured command by the 56-second half-mile marker.

Betting Line would hang a 1:24 4/5 three quarters time before taking care of business in the lane with a 27 3/5 final quarter to win under some light taps of the whip.

“There are some nice colts out there for sure, but I’m happy to have the one I got,” said trainer Casie Coleman.

The Catamount Kid was on the lead early in the mile and settled for second to make the final along with Pretty Boy Hill, the third-place finisher.

Eliminations were also contested for the C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and C$455,000 She’s A Great Lady stakes.

State Treasurer and JK Endofanera were victorious by narrow margins in both Pacing Derby elims for older foes. Each won in 1:50 1/5. The field shapes up as:

Canadian Pacing Derby Final

1 Mcwicked 2 State Treasurer 3 JK Endofanera 4 All Bets Off 5 Shamballa 6 Nirvana Seelster 7 Limelight Beach 8 Captive Audience 9 Foiled Again 10 Piston Broke AE: Clear Vision

Posting equal times of 1:54 2/5 in victory to capture the She’s A Great Lady elims were Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight. The final was drawn on Saturday and shapes up as follows:

She's A Great Lady Final

1. Three Dreams
2. Albany Girl
3. Thatsoveryverynice
4. L A Delight
5. Upside Surprise
6. Darlinonthebeach
7. Highland Rocksolid
8. Ivy League
9. JK Fannie
10. Blue Moon Stride
AE: Show Time Hill

Metro Final

1. The Catamount Kid 2. Betting Line 3. Voracity 4. Control The Moment 5. Racing Hill 6. Nvestment Bluechip 7. Pretty Boy Hill 8. Ideal Rocky 9. Cruise Patrol 10. American Passport AE: Manhattan Beach  


Tom Dubrick More than 1 year ago
Nice piece. I also fondly remember Jay Picciano, who raced ShesAGreatLady, often,mand sold her in her early days. He died after illness four years ago this week, nice guy. Tpd