09/02/2013 5:30PM

Tioga: Captaintreacherous shows heart of a champion in Cane Pace

Derick Giwner

Captaintreacherous did not seem to have his best game on display at Tioga Downs on Monday afternoon for the $360,211 Cane Pace. What he brought to the track was his huge heart and another glimpse into the greatness he exudes.

The battle was on in the early stages as Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick refused to yield to the outside speed of Varadero Hanover and Yannick Gingras. After opening fractions of 26 2/5 and 54 seconds, Varadero Hanover packed it in and Captaintreacherous was met with a fresh challenge from entrymate Wake Up Peter as the pair hooked up past three quarters in an honest 1:21 2/5.

The Tony Alagna trainees battled around the final turn with Word Power in close pursuit following the live cover and Vegas Vacation waiting in the pocket. Captaintreacherous could have lost to any of a host of pursuers in the stretch but dug down deep and refused to give way.

The final margin was a neck over Word Power in 1:49 2/5. Wake Up Peter was third.

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“He hates to lose races,” said Tetrick. “He never wins by many but always gets the job done.”

Perhaps Myron Bell, racing manager for co-owner Brittany Farms, said it best, “class prevailed here.”

The victory by Captaintreacherous bumped his 2013 earnings to $1,431,273 for Captaintreacherous Racing and it was his seventh in eight starts this year.

The next stop for Captaintreacherous will likely be either the Little Brown Jug on September 19 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds or a start in the Bluegrass series at The Red Mile on September 28. A decision is expected within 10 days.

Earlier on the card, the $122,212 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested. Hot fractions paved the way for Scandalous Hanover to pounce off cover and score the all-out 1:51 victory.

Nikki Beach was fastest off the gate and led Live Entertainment past the opening quarter in 27 seconds. Ms Caila J Fra, who was looped away from the gate, continued on to attack the leader with Shebestingin (wide briefly into the second turn) hot on her heels in the outer flow.

The half came up in a sizzling 53 2/5 with Nikki Beach still fending off Ms Caila J Fra. But the latter edged to the front passing three quarters in 1:21 2/5. Now in charge, Ms Caila J Fra would have to fend off a host of pursuers and withstood all except Scandalous Hanover in a neck loss.

Favored Shebestingin was third.

David Miller steered the Casie Coleman trainee to her fourth straight victory since the private purchase by West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella.

“I never expected her to be this good,” said Coleman, who will point the filly to a Maine Sire Stakes consolation next before looking for her next spot. “She isn’t eligible to much, so we’ll have to shell out some big dollars (supplement) to find a spot.”

Scandalous Hanover paid $8.30 to win and increased her 2013 earnings to $223,824.

With the best drivers in North America competing in the 7th annual Drivers’ Challenge, it was a local reinsman, Jim Marohn Jr., who walked away with the $25,000 top prize in the Tioga/Vernon championship. Marohn won the first leg at Vernon and picked up a victory in the final challenge race on Sunday to edge out Brian Sears.

“It’s an absolute dream come true to be standing here against these guys, the best in the country, and be the last one standing,” said Marohn, Jr.

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