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2011 Metro Pace Results

Winning driver Ron Pierce with trainer Jimmy Takter and his family celebrate with the Metro Pace trophy
Date: 09/03/2011

The $1 million Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack is the richest race in North America for 2-year-old pacers. It was a warm, humid Saturday night in Campbellville, with temperatures in the mid 70's, minimal wind, and intermittent showers. A full field of 10 lined up behind the starter in this standard 1 mile trip around 2 turns of the 7 furlong stonedust oval, with Speed Again sent off as the 9-5 favorite off consecutive wins in the Nassagaweya Stakes first division, followed by his Metro Pace elimination heat. In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice A Rocknroll Dance, winner of his elimination heat in a world record 1:49 1/5 after finishing 8th in the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands, and 7-1 third choice Simply Business, second in the Woodrow Wilson before finishing third in his Metro elimination.

15-1 fourth choice Hurrikane Kingcole was quickest away through an opening 1/8 in 12 4/5 before 21-1 Simply Business took over the lead on the clubhouse turn, parked wide through 1/4 in 26 seconds. Down the backstretch, A Rocknroll Dance passed Simply Business to open a 1 3/4 length advantage through a half in 54 1/5 and 3/4 in 1:22 1/5. A Rocknroll Dance led the field to the 1/8 pole, getting 7/8 in 1:36, but Simply Business came out wide and rallied late to catch A Rocknroll Dance by 1/2 a length at the line in 1:50 1/5 over the fast track. It was another 1/2 length back to late-running favorite Speed Again third.

# Horse                      Win  Place   Show
9-Simply Business          43.70  19.30   7.80
5-A Rocknroll Dance                4.40   3.30
3-Speed Again                             2.60

Winning time:  1:50.1

$2 Exacta (5-6) paid 6.60
$2 Trifecta (5-6-10) paid 25.80
$1 Superfecta (5-6-10-4) paid 90.35

Results chart

Simply Business in the winner's circle and post parade. His driver Ron Pierce said, "Jimmy (Takter, trainer) and I have been bringing this colt along nice and slow. I love the way hes bred, I love the way hes put together, and I loved the way hes been coming around. Each week, hes been getting a little better and better. I knew Jimmy could get him to peak tonight. I figured with the right kind of trip, we could lick them. Weve been racing him from the back most of the time off a helmet but tonight we changed strategy. Hes like a 14 and a half, 15-year-old kid. Not sure what hes supposed to be doing. Go fast, but not sure if hes supposed to do it. It couldnt have worked out any better."

She's a Great Lady Stakes

# Horse                      Win  Place   Show
5-American Jewel            3.50   2.30   2.10
6-Economy Terror                   2.60   2.30
10-Pirouette Hanover                      3.60

Winning time:  1:50.2

$2 Exacta (5-6) paid 6.60
$2 Trifecta (5-6-10) paid 25.80
$1 Superfecta (5-6-10-4) paid 90.35

Results chart
The distaff counterpart to the Metro Pace is the $633,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. American Jewel was sent off as the 3-4 favorite in the field of 10 over 2-1 Economy Terror and 8-1 Romantic Moment. Driver Jody Jamieson sent 58-1 Big McDeal to the lead first time past the stands through an opening 1/8 in 12 4/5 and quarter in 26 4/5, before 31-1 Shelliscape took over the lead down the backstretch through 1/2 in 53 4/5. Entering the stretch, 10-1 Pirouette Hanover, who had stalked the pace in 2nd or 3rd the whole way, moved up to take the front through 3/4 in 1:21 2/5. Favorite American Jewel, 4th early, moved out very wide into the stretch for room, took over the lead at the 1/8 pole through 7/8 in 1:35 4/5, and drew off to win by 1 1/2 lengths over late-running Economy Terror in a world record time of 1:50 2/5. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to Pirouette Hanover third.

American Jewel in the winner's circle. Her driver Tim Tetrick said, "She did all she had to do today. It was a great effort in world record time, how much more there could be I dont know. She fought all the way to the wire."

Canadian Pacing Derby

# Horse                      Win  Place   Show
4-We Will See               4.80   3.00   2.50
5-Won The West                     4.80   3.40
2-Foiled Again                            2.70

Winning time:  1:47.4

$2 Exacta (4-5) paid 19.30
$1 Superfecta (4-5-2-1) paid 178.20
$2 Trifecta (4-5-2) paid 40.70

Results chart
Closing out the stakes action on Metro Pace night is the $832,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, featuring some of the best older pacers going the standard 1 mile distance. William Haughton Memorial winner We Will See was sent off as the 7-5 favorite in the field of 10 over 5-2 second choice Foiled Again, runner-up in the Haughton before winning his elimination heat, and 9-2 third choice Won the West, third in the Haughton and second in his elimination.

34-1 Atochia went to the lead immediately getting the opening quarter in 26 seconds befoore Foiled Again took over down the backstretch and on the turn through a half in 53 4/5 and 3/4 in 1:20 1/5, while stalked by 7-1 Art Professor. We Will See, 6th early, came out very wide into the lane, chased by Won the West to his inside. The pair battled to the line, as We Will See prevailed by a neck in a stakes record time of 1:47 4/5, which also tied the current Canadian record. It was another 3/4 length back to Foiled Again third.

We Will See in the winner's circle. His driver Ron Pierce said, "They were racing hard. I was back there coming second over and nice and easy down the back and Jody (Jamieson, behind Art Professor) took a run at Yannick (Gingras and Foiled Again) there, almost got around him and Yannick changed his mind and turned his whip around and they were moving right along and I was just back there licking my chops liking the way things were are going."

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