East Rutherford -- The $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity Pace was the feature of Friday night’s card at The Meadowlands and served as the stage for the successful return to the races of two time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.
Saddled with post ten for his seasonal debut, The Captain was sent away from the gate by Tim Tetrick improving to a mid-field tuck in fifth as first Word Power and then Apprentice Hanover led past the opening quarter in 26 flat. Tetrick tipped Captaintreacherous at about the three eighths mark and within a few strides had the lead at the half in 54 flat.
A 28.2 breather in the third panel was all he needed to get home as The Captain responded to Tetrick urging when Sunfire Blue Chip approached headstretch and then held stablemate Odds On Equuleus safe by a length in 1:49.2 on a track rated good. Dovuto Hanover was third. The finish mirrored the 2013 edition of The Meadowlands Pace with Odds On Equuleus chasing Captaintreacherous to the wire, but having to settle for the runner-up spot.
Driver Tim Tetrick was dutifully impressed with the performance and stated post-race when asked about facing older “I think he’s as good as any of them. When he feels a horse at him, he goes on. He wouldn’t let anyone by tonight until we got back to the paddock.”
Captaintreacherous Racing owns the winner, who was beautifully prepped for the occasion by his trainer Tony Alagna. The Tetrick-Alagna combination went to the winner’s circle three times tonight, also winning with Handover Belle in a C-1 trot and Mattie Terror Girl in a C-1/B-2 Filly and Mare Pace. Tetrick won four on the night, while leading driver Yannick Gingras scored a hat-trick.
Next reported stop for the Treacherous Team is Mohegan Sun at Pocono for the Ben Franklin eliminations followed by a return to The Meadowlands for the William Haughton Memorial and U.S. Pacing Championship.
Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Entertainment on Saturday includes The Battle of the Bands, always a popular draw at The Meadowlands as well as a Yankee and Met ticket giveaway in honor of Father’s Day. For more information, go to PlayMeadowlands.com