Tioga: Dynamic Youth scores Cane Pace win
Although he went off at 2-5 in the wagering as part of an entry with A Rocknroll Dance, Dynamic Youth, posted an upset on Monday afternoon in the $322,716 Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs.
Leaving from post position number four in a field of nine, Dynamic Youth and George Brennan got away eighth as Time To Roll (Ron Pierce) led the Cane Pace field through a blistering :25 1/5 opening quarter. As the field headed by the stands and the fans for the first time, Yannick Gingras angled A Rocknroll Dance to the outside from fifth but was used hard to get to the front clearing by the half in :53.
Towards three quarters, Bettor’s Edge tried the first over bid with Pet Rock (Brian Sears) perfectly placed on his helmet second over. Brennan and Dynamic Youth also picked up a cover trip, third over behind Pet Rock as they went three quarters in 1:20 3/5.
Around the final turn Sears tipped Pet Rock three wide off cover and he responded pacing by A Rocknroll Dance, but his biggest threat was still looming. Down the stretch, Pet Rock and Dynamic Youth battled nose to nose with Dynamic Youth edging out Pet Rock to win by a nose in 1:48 4/5.
“I came into the race with really no game plan just hoping for a speed duel up front and pick up some of the pieces and we ended up with the biggest one," said Brennan. "I never went to the rail with him just sort of floated out there and got Pet Rock in front of me and we just followed Sears’ helmet from there.”
The mile erased the previous track record (1:49 3/5) for 3-year old gelding pacers that Dynamic Youth established in July. Aaron Lambert trains the son of Bettor’s Delight – Always True for Silva, Tucci, and C & G Racing. The win was the fifth in 13 seasonal starts for Dynamic Youth, who with the win increased his seasonal earnings to more than $396,000.
Bettor’s Edge finished third, A Rocknroll Dance faded to fourth and elimination winner Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) was in trouble from the beginning of the race having to drag back to last out of the gate, but still finished fifth.
Dynamic Youth returned $2.90 for the win, as part of a Silva owned entry with #1A - A Rocknroll Dance.
In the $100,000 Shady Daisy, an early battle by Persistent (David Miller) and Major Look (Jeff Gregory) through fractions of :25 4/5 and :53 resulted in another upset, this time from Blackjack Princess and Mark Macdonald.
Miller took control of the field by the quarter as Gregory looked to move back to the front, but Miller would not release the heavy betting favorite. Major Look continued to grind it out finally clearing the leader down the backstretch and was still in command by three quarters in 1:21.
Around the final turn, the early leaders were tiring on the lead and Blackjack Princess (Mark Macdonald) took advantage with a powerful move four wide to capture the Shady Daisy in 1:51 1/5.
Mark Ford trains the 3-year old daughter of Cam’s Card Shark – Happy Doris for Robert Di Nozzi who posted the 21-1 upset.
Bettor B Lucky (Jim Morrill Jr.) got up for second, JK Fine Art (Ron Pierce) was third, while Major Look (Jeff Gregory) faded to fourth.