08/29/2012 12:37PM

Mohawk: Sons of Somebeachsomewhere to clash in Metro

New Image Media
Apprentice Hanover (above) and Captaintreacherous, both sons of Somebeachsomewhere, meet in the Metro.

Good timing is key to success in life.

Three weeks ago trainer Ben Wallace recommended Apprentice Hanover for owner Bradley Grant to purchase. Wallace had pretty much watched the juvenile pacing colt train all winter for Jack Darling and now had the opportunity to buy the son of Somebeachsomewhere.

“I had talked to Jack through the year about the colt. I asked him what he wanted for the colt,” said Wallace. “He told me anywhere from $200,000 to a million.”

Those comments came over the winter but finally in the second week of August Darling got around to selling the colt, and though the price wasn’t revealed it was definitely higher than $200,000.

On Saturday Apprentice Hanover is likely to be the second choice in the year’s richest event for two-year-old pacers, the Metro at Mohawk Raceway.

This Metro may be like none from the past. That’s because the top two colts are from the first crop of 2007 winner Somebeachsomewhere and they both appear to have the speed of their sire.

“He was a man against kids,” said Wallace, describing his view of Somebeachsomewhere when the colt raced at two and three. “I could tell from the first time I saw him in the paddock at Grand River. He had a presence. He stood out.”

On the racetrack Somebeachsomewhere lost just once in 21 starts in his career.

Thus far the first crop of Somebeachsomewhere has been spectacular, including likely Metro favorite Captaintreacherous. Wallace sees Apprentice Hanover in a lot the same way he saw his sire some five years ago.

“When (driver Jody Jamieson) came back after the Nassagaweya he said the colt kind of fell asleep on him in the stretch but when he called on him he took off quickly,” Wallace said.

Apprentice Hanover broke the 1:50 barrier in last week’s Metro trial and Wallace believes that’s just the beginning for this group. He knows too well that Captaintreacherous will be a horse to reckon with.

“Tony’s (Alagna) colt is the real thing. But I don’t think it matters whether the last quarter was :26 or 27,” Wallace said referring to Captaintreacherous’ final quarter in his Metro elimination victory.

What Saturday’s contest figures to be is the first meeting of some outstanding colts. Captaintreacherous captured the Wilson in 1:49 3/5 and then duplicated that time in last week’s Metro. He is an expensive ($250,000 yearling purchase) son of Somebeachsomewhere that was bred to be a champion and will have his first chance to prove so on Saturday.
For Wallace the Metro also gives him something to prove. Earlier this year he convinced Grant to purchase Big McDeal, also from Jack Darling. The three-year-old pacing filly will race in Saturday’s $200,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. That was a high-priced deal that has worked out well and may in fact have led the owner-trainer combo to go all-in for Apprentice Hanover.

“I don’t think this deal would or could have happened if the circumstances were different,” said Wallace. “If an agent had called me and recommended a horse racing in the Midwest I don’t think there would have been the time or interest.”

Since Apprentice Hanover was stabled at the Classy Lane Farm, where Wallace trains his stock, there was already an understanding of the colt’s ability. “I didn’t have to sit behind him,” said Wallace.

On paper both Somebeachsomewhere colts look impressive. To date neither has found a rival that has made them look bad on the racetrack. The gloves will come off on Saturday and few are counting out Odds On Equuleus from the equation.

“I think you have to respect Robin’s horse,” said Wallace referring to trainer Robin Schadt. Odds On Equuleus has won four straight with each mile better than the last. The colt is by Art Major.

The Metro has the makings of a great race to watch and wager on. With three powerhouse colts that have never met before much will be revealed. Quite often it’s head-to-head competition that separates the best from the best. All three of the elimination winners were able to select post positions. They will line up side-by-side, with Odds On Equuleus starting from post two, Apprentice Hanover post three, and Captaintreacherous post four.

The $1 million Metro will be race eight on the Mohawk program that also features the finals of the Canadian Pacing Derby for aged pacers and the Shes A Great Lady for freshman fillies. First post is 7:10 p.m.