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Posted by Ken Warkentin on Monday, December 10, 2012 9:24 PM

2013 Meadowlands Pace Winterbook

 

The 2012 crop of three-year-old pacers was one of the most wide open and competitive we’ve seen in years.  Five sophomores had million dollar seasons, including the Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance.  Two others were well past $900,000, and three of those glamour boys took a mark of 1:47.4. 

The division scenario in 2013 could shift back to a standout with the emergence of the sensational freshman Captaintreacherous in 2012.

 

1-Captaintreacherous – This outstanding colt from the impressive first crop of Somebeachsomewhere became the first two-year-old to post three sub 1:50 miles.  Even though the biggest freshman star could not hold on in a thrilling three-horse Breeders Crown photo, the $250,000 yearling did win eight of ten starts, including stakes records in the Woodrow Wilson (1:49.3) and Metro (1:49.2) with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Tony Alagna.  He also won his Metro elimination in 1:49.3 at Mohawk and amassed $918,253. 

 

2-Rockin Amadeus – Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter has trained all four foals of millionaire dam Kikikatie, Rockin Image, Grams Legacy, Time To Roll and this 2012 Breeders Crown champion.  Yannick Gingras rallied the $455,440 winner to a 17-1 upset at Woodbine in 1:51.2 for owner/breeder Susan Grange’s Lothlorien, who co-owned the sire Rocknroll Hanover.  Takter sent out two in the 2012 Pace, Time To Roll (ninth) and Simply Business (eighth), and finished second in 2009 with Vintage Master.  Gingras captured his first Pace trophy in 2012 with A Rocknroll Dance.

 

3-Wake Up Peter – 2012 was a breakout season for trainer Tony Alagna, whose two-year-olds flourished like this consistent son of Rocknroll Hanover.  Alagna was high on him all along and the $20,000 yearling alleviated a breathing problem early in the season.  He finished a close second in the Breeders Crown, just ahead of his stablemate Captaintreacherous after he had also won his elimination (in 1:51.1).  Bred in New Jersey by White Birch Farm, his dam Lovely Lady is a half sister to Worldly Beauty, whose full sister Worldly Treasure is the dam of Captaintreacherous.

 

4-Odds On Equuleus – Aside from being part of a controversial disqualification in the Fall of 2012, the son of Art Major developed into a major stakes player for trainer Robin Schadt and Odds On Racing.  With Hall of Famer John Campbell in the bike, the $417,534 winner established himself in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes in 1:52.3, then won a Metro elimination in 1:50.1 and finished second in that Final at Mohawk.  At The Red Mile, he avenged a take-down in the Bluegrass with a 1:50 win in an International Stallion Stakes division.

 

5-Apprentice Hanover – The first crop of Somebeachsomewhere made a strong impression, so anticipation is high on how that group develops as three-year-olds and beyond.  This Ontario-based colt trained by Ben Wallace certainly opened some eyes when he romped by nine lengths in a Nassagaweya division, then took a mark of 1:49.4 in his Metro elimination and was third in that final.  The $90,000 yearling also won at The Red Mile in 1:50.3 with Jody Jamieson driving.  He reportedly had been fighting a viral infection prior to finishing seventh in the Breeders Crown.  Wallace said he’s very much like his father – a true gentleman and very professional.  He won five of ten starts and $266,998 for owner Brad Grant.  

 

6-Doctor Butch – Looking to follow in the footsteps of millionaire stablemate Heston Blue Chip, this Art Major colt dominated the NYSS circuit and went wire-to-wire in the final at Yonkers in 1:53.1 for the same connections –Tim Tetrick, trainer Linda Toscano and owner Kenneth Jacobs.  He took a mark of 1:52 at Tioga Downs and closed out his season with a close second to Odds On Equuleus at The Red Mile.  The $55,000 Harrisburg yearling earned $344,411, with eight wins and four seconds in 12 starts.  Toscano and Jacobs were fourth in the 2012 Pace with Heston Blue Chip and also fourth in 2007 with Kenneth J.

 

7-Dovuto Hanover – This is a son of Dragon Again who took a mark of 1:50.4 on August 19 at Harrah’s Philadelphia for Dave Miller and trainer Kelly O’Donnell.  He got parked as the beaten heavy favorite (fifth) in the PASS Championship, and won a division of the Bluegrass in 1:51.4, final quarter in :26.4.  The $40,000 Harrisburg yearling made $192,850 for owner by Martin Sharf of Gallo Blue Chip fame.

 

8-Fool Me Once – This is another Art Major colt, who caught fire going two-for-two at The Red Mile, both clocked in 1:51.3 for Ron Pierce and trainer Mark Austin.  Pierce recommended his hobbles be let out after his Breeders Crown elimination, but the $70,000 Harrisburg yearling wasn’t a factor in that final.  His full brother Feel Like A Fool finished seventh in the 2011 Pace won by Roll With Joe, one of three of the last five Pace finals taken by Pierce. 

 

9-Dedi’s Dragon – Ron Burke developed this Dragon Again colt into a PASS winner.  The $15,000 yearling displayed controlling speed in the Elevation at Indiana Downs in 1:52.2.  At The Red Mile, he was just a neck behind Dovuto Hanover in the Bluegrass, then lost by a nose to Captaintreacherous.  The beaten favorite in the Matron finished a close second to Twilight Bonfire despite an uncovered trip.

 

10-Twilight Bonfire – 1999 Pace champion The Panderosa seeks his first Pace siring credit with this steady winner of $257,848.  He capped his first season with a career best of 1:51 in the Matron Stakes for Dave Miller and trainer Danny Collins.  The Robert Key homebred also won a division of the Bluegrass in 1:52.1 and finished a solid fourth in the Breeders Crown. 

 

Also:  Mach Pride, Vegas Vacation, Our Dragon King, Windsong Jack, Johny Rock, Good Day Mate, Captive Audience, Hail The Taxi



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