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
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
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
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