Road to the Pepsi North America Cup – June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

MILTON, June 29, 2021 – The buzz around harness racing’s three-year-old pacing colt and gelding division increased this week, which allows for a shakeup on the ‘Road to the NA Cup’ rankings.

Woodbine’s Mark McKelvie has released his latest rankings of the top Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses. A total of 46 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to this year’s edition of the ‘Cup’.

Perfect Sting was rated number one in last week’s initial rankings, but drops to number two this week thanks to another victory by Abuckabett Hanover, who is now four for four on the season. The Tony Alagna trained Abuckabett Hanover captured an elimination for the Messenger in his latest victory. Travis Alexander’s American Courage, the other elimination winner, also kept his perfect three-year-old record intact and moves up from six to three on McKelvie’s list.

Although Joe Holloway’s Perfect Sting was declared the winner in Saturday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division, the victory came by placing following the disqualification of original first-place finisher Rockyroad Hanover. Perfect Sting, the pre-season favourite, now sports a record of two wins in three starts. Rockyroad Hanover may have been disqualified, but his effort certainly turned heads, which allows the Alagna trainee to make his debut on McKelvie’s list in the number ten spot.

This week’s full rankings can be viewed below.

‘The Road to the NA Cup’ will continue to heat up this weekend, as Woodbine Mohawk Park plays host to the first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event of the season on Saturday. The $500,000 Messenger will also take place on Friday evening at Yonkers Raceway.

The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup takes place on Saturday, September 11 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations are scheduled for the week prior on Saturday, September 4.

Road to the NA Cup – June 29, 2021

Record: Starts-1st-2nd-3rd (Earnings)

1 – Abuckabett Hanover (Last Week: #2)
Owner: Crawford Farms Racing, Alagna Racing, Jablonsky Held Stable, Barbera Wienick Stable
Trainer: Tony Alagna
Driver: Andrew McCarthy

2021: 4-4-0-0 ($92,686)
Life: 15-7-1-2 ($286,915)
Time: 1:49.1 (Meadowlands)
Last Week: 1st in Messenger elimination at Yonkers (06/25/21)

2 – Perfect Sting (Last Week: #1)
Owner: Brittany Farms, Val D’or Farms
Trainer: Joe Holloway
Driver: David Miller

2021: 3-2-1-0 ($95,677)
Life: 13-12-1-0 ($629,977)
Time: 1:48.1 (Meadowlands)
Last Week: 2nd placed 1st in PASS at The Meadows (06/26/21)

3 – American Courage (Last Week: #6)
Owner: Fiddlers Creek Stables L
Trainer: Travis Alexander
Driver: Matt Kakaley

2021: 3-3-0-0 ($38,375)
Life: 11-10-0-0 ($218,633)
Time: 1:49.4 (Pocono)
Last Week: 1st in Messenger elimination at Yonkers (06/25/21)

4 – Southwind Gendry (Last Week: #3)
Owner: Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb
Trainer: Ron Burke
Driver: Yannick Gingras

2021: 4-2-2-0 ($126,772)
Life: 17-12-2-1 ($709,841)
Time: 1:49.3Q (Meadowlands)
Last Week: 3rd placed 2nd in PASS at The Meadows (06/26/21)

5 – Lawless Shadow (Last Week: #4)
Owner: Dr. Ian Moore, R G McGroup Ltd, Serge Savard, Frank Cannon
Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore
Driver: Bob McClure

2021: 4-3-1-0 ($31,500)
Life: 13-7-4-1 ($339,124)
Time: 1:50 (Scioto)
Last Week: Did Not Race

6 – One Eight Hundred (Last Week: #7)
Owner: Brixton Medical Inc, Nancy Taker
Trainer: Nancy Takter
Driver: Tim Tetrick

2021: 8-6-0-0 ($89,910)
Life: 13-7-1-1 ($106,708)
Time: 1:48 (Meadowlands)
Last Week: 1st in N/W $12,500 Last 5; AE: N/W 7 at The Meadowlands (06/26/21)

7 – Bulldog Hanover (Last Week: #5)
Owner: Jack Darling Stables, Brad Grant
Trainer: Jack Darling
Driver: Jody Jamieson

2021: 1-0-0-0 ($1,760)
Life: 7-4-1-0 ($250,610)
Time: 1:50.2 (Woodbine Mohawk Park)
Last Week: Did Not Race

8 – Second Bruiser (Last Week: #10)
Owner: Stefan Piekos, Vernon Cochrane
Trainer: Vernon Cochrane
Driver: James MacDonald

2021: 1-1-0-0 ($10,000)
Life: 6-5-0-0 ($80,825)
Time: 1:50.4 (Woodbine Mohawk Park)
Last Week: Did Not Race

9 – Desperate Man (Last Week: #9)
Owner: Kathy & John Cecchin, Nicole & Paul Davies
Trainer: Kathy Cecchin
Driver: Trevor Henry

2021: 1-0-0-1 ($2,640)
Life: 7-3-1-2 ($221,312)
Time: 1:51.2 (Woodbine Mohawk Park)
Last Week: 3rd in N/W of 5 or $95,000 at Woodbine Mohawk Park (06/26/21)

10 – Rockyroad Hanover (Last Week: Not Ranked)
Owner: Riverview Racing, Brad Grant, Kenneth Jacobs, Plouffe Head And Vj Stabl,
Trainer: Tony Alagna
Driver: Dexter Dunn

2021: 6-3-0-2 ($41,441)
Life: 9-4-0-2 ($47,051)
Time: 1:52.2 (Meadowlands)
Last Week: 1st placed 5th in PASS at The Meadows (06/26/21)

Upcoming Races:

Friday, July 2: MGM Grand Messenger – Yonkers (NY)
Saturday, July 3: Ontario Sires Stakes Gold – Woodbine Mohawk Park (ON)

Eligible Horses:

ABUCKABETT HANOVER
ALWAYS A MIKI
AMERICAN COURAGE
AS ALWAYS
BAYFIELD BEACH
BETTIM AGAIN
BETTOR SUN
BULLDOG HANOVER
CANDY TRADER
CAPTAINOFROCKNROLL
CAPTAINS PLACE
CHASE H HANOVER
CONTROL HEAVEN
DEAN B HANOVER
DESPERATE MAN
EXPLOIT
GREAT SOMEWHERE
HIGHLANDBEACHSBEST
ISLAND BEACH BOY
JIMMY CONNOR B
JK GOING WEST
JOELSYY HANOVER
JTS JET
KINKAID SEELSTER
KOMODO BEACH
LAWLESS SHADOW
LINEDRIVE HANOVER
LOUS PEARLMAN
NO BETTER JOY
ONE EIGHT HUNDRED
PERFECT STING
PIRATE HANOVER
P L OZZY
PROLINE
RAU RU
RED RIGHT HAND
ROCKYROAD HANOVER
SARATOGA BLUE CHIP
SECOND BRUISER
SIMON SAYS HANOVER
SOUTHWIND GENDRY
SOUTHWIND PETYR
SUMMA CUM LAUDE
TWIN B EAGLE
WARRAWEE WHYNOT
WHICHWAYTOTHEBEACH

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