09/02/2015 12:01PM

Mohawk: Well Said colt headlines Metro Final

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Control The Moment would become the seventh richest offspring of Well Said with a victory in the Metro final on Saturday.

While Well Said made a name for himself on the track by winning over $2.5 million during his two years of racing, he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire as a sire. That could be about to change if Control The Moment, the probable favorite in Saturday’s C$685,000 Metro Final for 2-year-olds at Mohawk, has his usual way with the field.

Control The Moment has been in complete control throughout his brilliant young career. Perfect in six career starts, the Bradley Maxwell co-owned and trained colt could be the marquee son that Well Said has lacked from his résumé.

Sitting sixth on the earnings leaderboard for pacing sires among 2- and 3-year-olds in 2015, Well Said isn’t exactly chopped liver, but he doesn’t rank as Filet Mignon, either. His first three crops to race have produced five horses to win at least $475,000 with his top foal being Uffizi Hanover, who made $746,552 during her career.

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“He has been okay, but he hasn’t been a great sire. He is lacking the horse that [Control The Moment] just might be,” said Murray Brown, long time Publicity Director for Hanover Shoe Farms where Well Said stands stud for $15,000.

Another reason Well Said is in the background is he stands in Pennsylvania in the shadow of the more heralded Somebeachsomewhere. A quick look at day one of the Lexington Selected Sale on October 5—where the crème de la crème is up for bid—finds more than half of the pacers by Somebeachsomwehere (30) and less than a handful sired by Well Said.

Those three Well Said yearlings on opening night could see a big boost in value if Control The Moment does as expected and continues his dominance. That is plenty of weight to place on one colt and Brown is cautiously optimistic he can carry the load.

Conrad Photo Well Said won the 2009 Little Brown Jug.

“It’s awfully early,” said Brown about stamping Control The Moment as a savior. “The potential is evident, but he’s never gone rough and tumble in a race and proven he can handle it. Usually that is the defining thing between a great horse and a super horse.”

The first colt and fourth foal from Life’sliltreasure, Control The Moment was purchased at the Lexington-Selected yearling sale for $47,000 in 2014. As it turns out, fellow co-owner Howard Taylor is a big fan of Well Said and Maxwell already had a connection to the young colt.

“I told Brad (Maxwell) that I love Well Said and he had trained the mare,” said Taylor. “He loved the mare. She was a good racehorse, but not much of a broodmare until now.”

Control The Moment looked every bit of a “super horse” while romping to a 3-1/2 length win in his Metro elimination. The colt sprinted away in the stretch with ease for regular driver Randy Waples and earned the chance to pick his post in Saturday’s final.

The pair will start from post four, just outside of fellow elimination winners Betting Line and Voracity. The speedy Betting Line already has two sub 1:52 winning miles under his halter among his four career victories for trainer Casie Coleman. Steve Condren drives the son of Bettor’s Delight. Voracity is one of three in the field for trainer Tony Alagna. The Sportswriter colt has won four of five starts but loses the services of Waples and Sylvain Filion is listed to drive this week.

Alagna’s other entrants include Racing Hill (post five) and American Passport (post 10). The former comes off a third-place finish behind Control The Moment while American Passport was used hard while nosed out for the win by stablemate Voracity in their elimination. Alagna has called American Passport the “sleeper” of his threesome.

Rounding out the 10-horse final is the fellow Well Said-sired The Catamount Kid (post one), Nvestment Bluechip (post six), Pretty Boy Hill (post seven), Ideal Rocky (post eight) and Cruise Patrol (post nine).

The Metro is scheduled as race seven on a 13-race card that also features the C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older campaigners and C$455 Shes A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers. The action gets underway at 7:05 p.m.

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C$685K Metro Final - Race 7 - Sat. 9/5

POST HORSE DRIVER
1 THE CATAMOUNT KID J.JAMIESON
2 BETTING LINE S.CONDREN
3 VORACITY S.FILION
4 CONTROL THE MOMENT R.WAPLES
5 RACING HILL D.MCNAIR
6 NVESTMENT BLUECHIP J.MACDONALD
7 PRETTY BOY HILL M.KAKALEY
8 IDEAL ROCKY J.CAMPBELL
9 CRUISE REPORT B.MILLER
10 AMERICAN PASSPORT S.ZERON
AE11 MANHATTAN BEACH M.KAKALEY