Captaintreacherous holds on to win Cane Pace
Nichols, NY (Sports Network) - Champion pacer Captaintreacherous, driven by Tim Tetrick, held off a late charging Word Power to win Monday's 59th running of the $360,212 Cane Pace at Tioga Downs. The mile race is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown.
Captaintreacherous, coupled in the betting with Wake Up Peter, was the 3-5 favorite in the eight-horse field with six betting interests. The colt was racing second behind Varadero Hanover around the first turn, but took the lead as the field went under the wire the initial time.
Owned by Captaintreacherous Stable and trained by Tony Alagna, Captaintreacherous led the field up the backstretch and into the turn as Wake Up Peter and Vegas Vacation, the 6-5 second pick, began to pressure him.
The favorite headed into the stretch as Word Power and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from the outside. Nearing the wire, Captaintreacherous was along the rail with Wake Up Peter to his outside and Word Power next.
Captaintreacherous hit the finish a neck in front of Word Power with Wake Up Peter getting third and Vegas Vacation fourth. Completing the order of finish were Twilight Bonfire, Lucan Hanover, Someplace Special and Varadero Hanover.
The time for the Cane Pace was 1:49 2/5.
"He never wins by many, but he always seems to get the job done," said Tetrick.
The Cane Pace victory goes along with this year's wins in the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup for Captaintreacherous. The Labor Day triumph was worth $180,000 to bring his 2013 earnings to more than $1.4 million with seven wins and a second in eight starts.
"He was very good today," noted winning trainer Tony Alagna. "He always has a little bit of a tendency to wait for the next horse to come at him before he really takes off again and that was very much what he did today.
"He's never going to win by five or six lengths, that's not his mettle. That's why he going to race for ever, the way he is because he takes such good care of himself."
The 3-year-old suffered his first loss of the year in last month's $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine, dropping a nose decision to Sunshine Beach who was held out of the Cane Pace.
Captaintreacherous, 2012 Pacer of the Year and champion 2-year-old pacer, has nearly $2.35 million in career earnings and has won 15 of 18 lifetime races.
Captaintreacherous returned $3.30 and $2.20. Word Power paid $10.20 for place. There was no show wagering.
The Pacing Triple Crown will continue with the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, Sept. 19 and the Messenger Stakes on Saturday, Nov. 2. No Pan Intended in 2003 was the last 3-year-old to win the Triple Crown.
09/02 18:10:39 ET