06/21/2014 10:35PM

Pocono: Domethatagain, Sweet Lou score in Franklin elims

Curtis Salonick
Domethatagain (1) slips up the inside to best a game Captaintreacherous.

The match-up everyone was waiting for on the Saturday Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs card between Captaintreacherous and Foiled Again never quite materialized, and in fact the final result was a shocker with neither top older pacer in the winner’s circle.

Captaintreacherous left hard off the wings in the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Ben Franklin, but not quite as fast as Domethatagain from pylon position. Those two battled past the quarter in 26 seconds before the latter released driver Tim Tetrick and Captaintreacherous nearing the three-eighths marker.

The pace barely slowed with the half posted in 53 2/5 as Foiled Again edged off the cones to make an uncovered bid. Foiled Again could not serious threaten in a fast 1:21 three-quarter clocking and Captaintreacherous figured to prove tough in the stretch with only the longshot Domethatagain on his back. The pair hooked up with each horse putting in a valiant effort, but Domethatagain and driver Simon Allard got top honors by a narrow margin in a sizzling 1:48 mile.

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Bettor’s Edge, who was locked in, finished third ahead of fellow finalists Foiled Again and Sunshine Beach (fastest fifth-place finisher).

"He was winning the Opens at Yonkers last winter," said Simon Allard. "He hurt a knee and they have done a great job getting him back."

Despite the loss, Tetrick was very pleased with Captaintreacherous. "I was very happy with him," he said. "He got beat by a 5-year-old with a trip. He raced right through the wire and it was just his second start."

Rene Allard trains the winner for Allard Racing Inc, Robert Hamather and Bruce Soulsby. He paid $60.20 to win.

In the second elimination to qualify for the $500,000 final on June 28, Sweet Lou left no doubt who the horse to beat will be come next Saturday.

Allstar Legend was fastest off the gate forcing Bolt The Duer to take the pocket briefly in the 26 4/5 opening quarter. Bolt The Duer was quickly back on the move to the front and he would give up the lead to Sweet Lou, who cruised past the half in 54 seconds. Driver Ron Pierce then stepped on the gas with a powerful 26 4/5 third quarter to leave the field in his dust.

At the wire Sweet Lou was four lengths in front of Bolt The Duer for the score in a spectacular 1:47 4/5. Captive Audience and Allstar Legend also advanced to the $500,000 final.

"I was very happy with him," said assistant trainer Micket Burke, Jr. "Ronnie (Pierce) has been a really good fit for him."

Sweet Lou is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Philip Collura.

(quotes gathered by Jay Bergman)