05/27/2015 10:09AM

Western Fair: P H Supercam goes for Molson upset

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Mike Lizzi
P H Supercam seeks his 46th career win in the Molson Pace.

If there is one constant racing over a half-mile track it is that post position is essential. For P H Supercam, the most dominant horse in the George Morton Levy series, post eight in the rich final proved his undoing. On Friday night, racing luck could be better as the Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained veteran goes for the upset in Friday’s $150,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair.

“Cutting the pace in the Levy is not his best suit,” said Jeff Bamond Sr., the owner of P H Supercam. “When he drew outside we knew he had to leave, but no one else did and he had to cut the pace.”

That’s not likely to be an issue on Friday as P H Supercam with post three is surrounded by a host of talented horses including the Ron Burke-trained All Bets Off, a winner of the revived Confederation Cup against four-year-olds at Flamboro on May 17. The son of Bettor’s Delight drew the rail for the Molson, the last of 12 races on the Western Fair card with post time at 7:15 p.m.

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Western Fair is not like many half-mile tracks in that they only score with seven horses on the gate. That means that State Treasurer, the winner of the last two editions of this FFA event, will start from post eight in the second tier directly behind All Bets Off. That could make for a crowded first turn, as the field of eight must navigate a bit differently.

Since the Levy, P H Supercam, an Ontario-bred son of Million Dollar Cam, has essentially been taking it easy. “He’s been handicapped with the outside posts,” said Bamond Sr. “It’s a long season and there are plenty of big races ahead.” So recent form may not look as stellar for P H Supercam as it did when the eight-year-old captured all four of the Levy preliminary legs he competed in. He’ll be bringing Yonkers regular Jason Bartlett across the border with hopes of a Molson victory.

After wintering in Florida, Duc Dorleans has come north with a vengeance for trainer Marie Dupont. Last Saturday night he captured the Open at Yonkers in 1:51 3/5 defeating a stellar field that happened to include P H Supercam. Dan Dube picks up the catch-drive from post six.

The Dale Decker-trained Night Pro has been tearing it up in the Midwest this year. A 1:49 2/5 winner at Hoosier Park in Open company, the son of Pro Bono Best steps up in a big way but certainly appears to have the speed to contend in this quality field. Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the second leading driver in wins in the U.S., ventures to Western Fair for this assignment. Night Pro starts from post four.

Lucan Hanover (post 2), Evenin Of Pleasure (post 5) and Let’s Drink On It (post 7) round out the stellar field.