09/28/2013 9:47PM

Red Mile: Captaintreacherous does it again, sets career mark

Nigel Soult
Captaintreacherous cruised home in 1:47 1/5, a career best.

Anyone who showed up at the Red Mile or tuned in via simulcast to watch Captaintreacherous got their money's worth. The spectacular Tony Alagna trainee with but one blemish on his record in 2013 set a career best mile of 1:47 1/5 in his Bluegrass division on Saturday night.

Beach Memories took his usual place on the lead through an opening panel of 26 4/5 with Captaintreacherous settled in neatly behind by driver Tim Tetrick. Nearing the second call Tetrick asked "Captain" for speed and quickly assumed command at the 52 4/5 timed half. The pace would continue to be hot with the next fraction reading 1:20 2/5. It was "Captain" against the clock in the stretch as others tried to keep pace to no avail.

Captaintreacherous won under only gentle taps of the whip for owner Captaintreacherous Racing. Beach Memories was second and Emeritus Maximus third.

"That was a fun ride," remarked Tetrick after the win. "I just wanted to be in control. I could have followed Dave's (Miller) horse, but he was going easily enough."

The victory pushed Captaintreacherous' career earnings over $2.4 million. He has won 17 of 20 races.

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The only horse to defeat Captaintreacherous did his thing in the second Bluegrass race for sophomore colts. Sunshine Beach led at every call in his 1:48 2/5 victory.

New driver John Campbell rated kind fractions of 27 4/5, 55 and 1:22 2/5 with Sunshine Beach without facing pressure until late in the mile. Resistance Futile took aim from the pocket and simply could not get to Sunshine Beach.

"That's about as reasonable as you will get in this class," remarked Campbell on the fractions.

Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy for owners Hudson Standardbred, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand.

Usually they save the best for last but at the Red Mile on Saturday an argument can be made that one of the best horses went first. Western Vintage was the first of the 10 winners on the card and did it in style by open lengths in a sizzling 1:49 4/5.

The action was hot early as Doo Wop Hanover posted the opening quarter in 27 seconds and felt heavy pressure from Some Major Beach nearing the half. Doo Wop Hanover held his ground nicely until Western Vintage uncorked a powerful wide move by three quarters in 1:22 1/5 and swept to the front.

The Nancy Johansson trained Western Vintage would win by 4 1/4 lengths over On Golden Ponder and a game Some Major Beach.

"We tried to keep him settled down," said owner Perry Soderberg on the off-the-pace tactics. "This is a good track to race from behind."

The victory was the fifth in seven starts for the top 2-year-old pacing colt.

Matching Western Vintage on the tele-timer was Limelight Beach in the second freshman colt division.

Limelight Beach went to the front and ultimately secured a pocket trip. Driver David Miller waited behind fractions of 27 1/5, 55 4/5 and 1:23 2/5 before bursting to the lead in the stretch for the strong 1:49 4/5 score.

So Surreal, who made a powerful brush on the backstretch, was second and Somestarsomewhere was third.

Limelight Beach is owned by James Stambaugh, Milton Leeman and Charles Wingfield. Brian Brown trains the winner of five starts this year.

The third split for rookie pacers went to Smack Talk in 1:54. The Cams Card Shark-sired colt battled hard uncovered and simply wore down his foes for the game victory.

John Williamson trains and co-owns with Danial Haist.

Round four for the young pacers looked wide open on paper and played out that way on the track. Almost every horse in the race had a chance at some point in the mile and it was longshot Odds On Rhodonite that came from off cover and outfinished Journeyman for the 1:50 2/5 score.

Odds On Rhodonite scored his fourth win of the year for trainer Nick Giberson and owners Mark Winship and Amy Giberson.

Wrapping up the Bluegrass-filled card was the return of Shebestingin to the winner's circle. The 3-year-old filly waited in the outside flow behind brutal fractions of 26 3/5, 52 4/5 and 1:21 2/5 set by Power Pack Hanover.

When called on Shebestingin opened up a huge lead and was driven home for the 1:49 score over a well beaten Parlee Beach and Authorize.

"David (Miller) gave her a great trip," said trainer Joe Holloway, who said his filly will start next week at the Red Mile.

Shebestingin is owned by Val D'or Farms, Theodore Gewertz and L&L Devisser.

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