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Driver Jody Jamieson and his father trainer Carl Jamieson celebrate with the North America Cup trophy.
The 28th running of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup was contested on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, the richest harness race in Canada, featuring the best 3-year-old pacing males in North America going the standard 1 mile trip around the 7/8 mile stonedust oval in Campbellville, Ontario. A full field of 10 lines up behind the starter on a clear night with temperatures in the lower 70's. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winner Big Bad John was sent off as the 9-5 favorite of his elimination win last week, over top local hope and 2-1 second choice Up The Credit, winner of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes before taking his elimination heat, and 9-2 third choice Shadyshark Hanover, third in the Somebeachsomewhere and then second in his elimination.
Up The Credit leads down the stretch
Up The Credit wins the North America Cup.
Pgm Horse Driver Win Place Show 2 Up The Credit Jamieson 6.60 4.20 3.20 7 Roll With Joe Waples 9.60 6.80 1 Big Jim Hudon 4.40 Winning Time: 1:49.3 $2 Exacta 2-7 85.10 $2 Trifecta 2-7-1 399.90 $1 Superfecta 2-7-1-10 3,145.25
Results chart Race 7
Left: Up The Credit in the post parade.
Right: Up The Credit warms up earlier in the evening with trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson driving. Jamieson, father of driver Jody, said of his first North America Cup win, "Last year, I knew he was a good horse. We just had to wait on him. Second time out last year in: 51 and change. He's a lovely horse. He loves his job. Nothing bothers him. And he can go fast. I honestly thought I was the horse to beat. I thought he was the best horse in the race. I was a little bit worried coming first up. I really was. But he just kept coming and coming. He loves to win. So it's great."
Left: Second place finisher Roll With Joe in the post parade. His driver Randy Waples said, "Every time you finish second you think there is something you could have done to win. I was hoping at some point I could get my horse back on the front because I thought he was ready to go a big mile on the front right now. At the end of the day, I couldn't be happier."
Right: Third place finisher Big Jim warms up earlier in the evening. The 5-1 fourth choice raced 6th early with driver Phil Hudon, then closed late to get third beaten 1 3/4 lengths at the line. The James Dean trainee improved his record to 8 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 15 starts, earning $1,265,080 for owner James Carr.
Left: Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Big Bad John in the post parade. His driver Brett Miller said, "Big Bad John wasn't himself. At the half I knew I was in trouble. When the gate folded and no one was leaving, I was loving it. When I got away third, I thought this was perfect, then I took the lead and thought everything was great."
Right: The field at the start of the North America Cup.
There were five other stakes races on Saturday night. Kicking off the stakes action on the North America Cup undercard was the $519,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies. 60-1 longest shot Eagle Canada led through a half in 57 1/5 before 3-10 favorite Crys Dream took over going wide on the far turn. Crys Dream got 3/4 in 1:25 3/5, opening up a 3 3/4 length lead in mid-stretch, and easily held off late-running 4-1 second choice Beatgoeson Hanover to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:53 2/5. It was another length back to 15-1 Lady Rainbow third.
Results chart Race 3
The $347,000 Goodtimes Stakes featured a full field of ten 3-year-old trotters. 12-1 Sim Brown and driver Randy Waples led most of the way through fractions of 28, 58 3/5, and 1:27 3/5, while being stalked by 65-1 Onirique. At the top of the stretch, 3-5 favorite Blue Porsche, 7th early, came out wide and closed with a rush to win going away by 2 lengths over Sim Brown in 1:54 2/5. It was just a neck back to Onirique third.
Results chart Race 5
Blue Porsche in the winner's circle. Winning driver Trevor Ritchie said, "I know he's got tremendous speed. I have all the confidence in the world in him. I thought as long as I could get up reasonably close by the 3/4 they would have to go something to beat me. He's a real professional. He can get out of there if you want, he can cut it, he can come from the back, he can come first up like he did tonight. He can just do it all."
Immediately before the main event, a classy field of 10 older pacers contested the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational. 28-1 Alexie Mattosie battled for the lead with 8-1 Silent Swing and 7-2 Lisagain through fractions of 25 4/5 and 53 2/5. On the far turn, 3-1 second choice Won the West, 5th early, came around the pacesetters and quickly opening up a 5 3/4 length lead at the top of the lane through 3/4 in a blistering 1:19 3/5. He extended his lead to 7 lengths at the 1/8 pole and finished up 2 3/4 lengths ahead of late-running 5-2 favorite Art Professor in a new Canadian record clocking of 1:47 2/5, lowering the previous record by 4/5 second. It was another 1/4 length back to 9-2 Mach Dreamer third.
Results chart Race 6
Won the West in the winner's circle. Winning driver David Miller said, "That was definitely an improvement. I wasn't going for the track record, but the horse actually raced better last week and showed signs of improvement - I know he hasn't been racing great this year - so I kind of made up my mind tonight to test him a little bit. He got a big half and when he cleared like that I just let him keep rolling and he did the rest."
Results chart Race 9
See You At Peelers returns after the race. Winning driver Brian Sears said, "She did really good at minding her own business until (Krispy Apple) came at her first over. I knew that horse was the horse to beat and she'd be coming pretty soon, but (See You At Peelers) pretty much picked it up when she heard her coming and took off from there." Asked about the possibility of See You At Peelers taking on males in the Little Brown Jug, Sears added, "It's not really a stretch. The boys are knocking heads pretty good and she's been kind of beating up on the girls pretty easy. Come Jug time, hopefully the boys will be a little ragged by then."
Results chart Race 5
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