Top 10 Performances of the Week by N.A. Cup Eligibles (May 19 – 23)

May 24, 2011

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 25 – This weekly feature offers a look back at the best Standardbred performances of the week by the Pepsi North America Cup eligibles.

#10 – Keystone Velocity on Wednesday, May 18 at Pocono Downs, Race #1 – After getting away last, Keystone Velocity came on to win by four lengths, over a good track for trainer Frank Kamine.  The three-year-old paced home in 1:53.1.

#9 – Betterthancheddar on Thursday, May 19 at Mohawk Racetrack, Race #4 – The Casie Coleman trainee won in a maiden breaking effort with driver Mark MacDonald in the sulky. The son of Bettors Delight took the fourth race by two and a half lengths in a 1:53 clocking.

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#8 – On The Radar on Sunday, May 22 at Mohawk Racetrack, Race #3 – Driver Jody Jamieson led the Blair Burgess pupil to his second straight victory.   The bay got under the wire in 1:52.3.

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#7 – Roll On on Sunday, May 22 at Mohawk Racetrack, Race #8 – Roll On visited the winner’s circle for the second week in a row.  Driver Randy Waples was at the helm for trainer Bob McIntosh.  The son of Rocknroll Hanover won by two lengths in 1:52.2.

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#6 – Big Bad John on Monday, May 23 at The Meadows, Race #4 – The Ronald Potter-trained Big Bad John remains undefeated in his sophomore campaign with two wins in two starts.  The bay stopped the clock in 1:50.2 with driver Brett Miller at the helm.

#5 – Shadyshark Hanover on Saturday, May 21 at Harrah’s Chester, Race #4 – Tim Tetrick and the Erv Miller conditioned colt won in a gate-to-wire fashion by three and a half lengths.  The son of Cams Card Shark stopped the teletimer in 1:51.3.

#4 – Prodigal Seelster on Saturday, May 21 at Georgian Downs, Race #5 – Driver Randy Waples and the David Menary pupil held on to win the third Upper Canada Cup elim by a nose in 1:51.1.

#3 – Custard The Dragon on Saturday, May 21 at Pocono Downs, Race #10 – The George Teague colt won the $300,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace with driver Montrell Teague in the bike. The brown pacer was pulled from the pocket in the stretch and came on to win by a half a length in 1:50.2.

#2 – Drain Daddy on Saturday, May 21 at Georgian Downs, Race #2 – In an off-the-pace victory, the Murray Brethour-trained Drain Daddy captured his elimination of the Upper Canada Cup. Driver Rick Zeron and the three-year-old bay got under the wire in 1:50.4.

#1 – Big Jim on Saturday, May 21 at The Meadowlands, Race #10 – The James ‘Friday’ Dean trainee won in the prep for the $400,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic with regular pilot, Phil Hudon in 1:51.4. The two length victory was Big Jim’s sophomore debut.

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