The Field

Post positions, drivers, and helpful info for the big race.

ROLL WITH JR
Bay Colt 3, by Roll With Joe – No One Is Alone – The Panderosa
OWNERS: Pollack Racing LLC, PA; Jeffrey Cullipher, IN
BREEDER: R Brady & R Brady & K Jackson & L Jackson, KY
SALE: $15,000 Lexington Selected Sale, KY
TRAINER: Jeff Cullipher
DRIVER: Corey Callahan

• Finished eighth in the Pace elimination. Drew post one and has a 20-1 morning line.
• Started the season with a 1:51.2 win at Harrah's Hoosier Park.
• "He was such a green horse (last year) I never felt like he reached his full potential," the Indiana-based Cullipher said. "But he went a couple decent miles and showed that he can. He kind of grew into himself over the winter; he's developed and is kind of a nice-sized colt. He's still the kind of colt that's only going to do what he's made to do. I know I don't have a (1):48 mile in him yet, I don't even know if he could do it. I'd like to think he could step it up with the better horses."
• He finished his two-year-old year with $166,516 in earnings.
• Took a leg of the KYSS in 1:51.2 and finished second in the $250,000 final at the Red Mile. He also won a leg of the Bluegrass in 1:50.4 and finished third in his International Stallion Stakes division.
• Trainer Jeff Cullipher, 47, is making his first Pace start. He is currently third in the trainer standings at the Meadowlands and is the leading owner of the Meadowlands meet along with partner Tom Pollack.
Roll With JR
Bay Colt 3, by Roll With Joe – No One Is Alone – The Panderosa
• Cullipher owns Roll With JR with Pollack Racing. Cullipher and Tom Pollack have been increasing their presence on the Grand Circuit in recent years. "It's exciting," Cullipher said. "Me and Tom are starting to step into these races a little bit. We're just having fun right now. This might be a one-shot deal, I don't know, but so far I'm happy."
• Corey Callahan, 42, is looking for his first Pace win. His best finish was a second place finish in 2015 with Dude’s The Man. In 2019, Callahan passed 6,000 career wins and $90 million. One of his highlight wins came in a Graduate division with Fiftydallarbill, and he was also among the Top 10 drivers at Dover Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia.
• As the son of noted horseman Nick Callahan, Corey went from a guy who didn’t even want to jog his own father’s horses, to one of the top drivers on the Eastern Seaboard. A graduate of the University of Kentucky where he played hockey, Callahan traded in a corporate suit and started driving at the age 27.
• His sire Roll With Joe captured the 2011 Meadowlands Pace on route to earning over $1.8 million. His offspring have earned over $23 million dollars and his •standouts include Racing Hill and Miso Fast.
CATCH THE FIRE
Bay Colt 3, by Somebeachsomewhere – Dream Outloud– Bettor’s Delight
OWNERS: Ct Stables [Charles Taylor], OH
BREEDER: Dr Fred Kruszelnicki, Alberta, Canada
SALE: $15,000 Lexington Selected Sale, KY
TRAINER: John Ackley
DRIVER: Mike Wilder

• Finished seventh from post eight in the Pace elimination. Drew post two and has a 12-1 morning line.
• His only other start of the season came in an overnight against older horses at the Meadowlands. He finished third behind Pace foes Allywag Hanover and Captain Barbossa.
• Trainer Ackley on his Pace contender: “He’s just so handy. He’s got gate speed and everything. His biggest asset is you can race him anyway you want to. You can step him off the gate, you can race him off a helmet, he’s quick, you know, he’s got quick speed when he comes. He’s just a nice animal. He has a lot of different abilities and I think if we pick our spots and race him to his abilities, I think that he’ll be fine, I think he’ll be able to compete.”
• Took a leg of the KYSS in 1:50.4 and won the $250,000 final at the Red Mile in 1:49.4. Also finished third in a leg of the Bluegrass and fourth in his International Stallion Stakes division.
• Won a leg of the PA All Stars at Pocono in 1:53 and finished third in the PASS Championship at Harrah’s Philly.
Catch The Fire
Bay Colt 3, by Somebeachsomewhere – Dream Outloud– Bettor’s Delight
CAPTAIN BARBOSSA
Brown Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – Swinging Beauty – Art Major
OWNERS: Robert LeBlanc, TX; David Anderson, ON; Alagnafrankinthegym Stables [Tony Alagna, John Fodera, Martha Frank, Steven Wienick], NJ
BREEDER: Steiner Stock Farm, OH
SALE: $70,000 Lexington Selected Sale
TRAINER: Tony Alagna
DRIVER: Brian Sears
• Closed well to finish fourth in the Pace elimination. Drew post three in the Pace Final at odds of 10-1.
• Started his sophomore campaign with two second-place finishes in condition events, both with final quarters of :25.3. In his July 4th race he finished second to Pace contender Allywag Hanover.
• Alagna: “We’re very happy with how he’s come back. He got good the second half of last season. He changed a lot over the winter.”
• His first win came in a division of the Kindergarten at Tioga Downs in September in 1:52. He followed that up with a win in a division of the Bluegrass in 1:51.2 and a second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington.
• He won another division of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands in 1:52 before wrapping up is season with a fourth-place finish in the Kindergarten Final.
• Alagna won his Meadowlands Pace debut in 2013 with two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. He sends out three starters in 2020 including Captain Kirk and Capt Midnight.
Captain Barbossa
Brown Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – Swinging Beauty – Art Major
• Tony Alagna, 48, passed the $40 million mark in 2019 with his ninth straight
season past $3 million. His late-blooming Hambletonian prospect Pilot
Discretion won his first six starts, including the Goodtimes Final @ Woodbine
at Mohawk Park. Alagna won the Shady Daisy in a Meadowlands track
record of 1:48 with Tall Drink Hanover. Stablemate Treacherous Reign took
the Fan Hanover Final in 1:48.3. Tall Drink Hanover also won the Simcoe
Stakes in a stakes record of 1:49.1. Rookie pacers Reflect With Me and
Capt Midnight completed an Alagna triple with Champlain Stakes
victories.
• Inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2017, Brian Sears is
making his 17th appearance in the Meadowlands Pace. The 2009 Driver of
the Year won the 2019 Pace with Best In Show, 2016 Pace with Control The
Moment and the 2005 edition of the Pace with the Horse of the Year, the
late Rocknroll Hanover.
• The 52-year-old from of Secaucus, NJ has won over 10,000 races and
stands fifth all time in earnings with $191 million. Sears was named 2010’s
New Jersey Sportswriters Association’s Horseman of the Year. He has six
Meadowlands January-August driving titles to his credit (2005-2009 and
2011). He has also driven two other Horses of the Year, Muscle Hill in 2008
and Bee A Magician in 2013. Sears is the only driver to win the
Hambletonian and Oaks on the same day twice. In 2009, he did it with
Muscle Hill and Broadway Schooner. Then in 2013, Sears swept both with
Royalty For Life and Bee A Magician. He set a one-day record for
earnings on Hambletonian Day 2009 with $1,555,674. He won his third
Hambletonian in 2015 with Pinkman.
• Sears currently drives the top four-year-old trotter Gimpanzee and 2020
Hambletonian prospect Maesteraemon.
• Captain Barbossa’s sire Captaintreacherous won the Pace in 2013. He is
also the sire of four other Pace contenders – Allywag Hanover, Capt
Midnight, Captain Kirk and Catch The Fire.
ALLYWAG HANOVER
Bay Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – Anderosa Hanover – The Panderosa
OWNERS: Allywag Stable, PA [Anatolia Racing LLC, Let It Ride Stables Inc,
Adam Bowden, Fred Hertrich III, Daniel Lagace, Nicholas Malcolm,
Dana Parham, Diamond Creek Racing, McKinlay & Fielding]
BREEDER: Hanover Shoe Farms, PA
SALE:$95,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, PA
TRAINER: Brett Pelling
DRIVER: Tim Tetrick
• Took a bye into the Pace Final. Drew post four with morning line odds of 9-2.
• Won his PASS leg at Harrah’s Philly on July 10 by more than 5 lengths in 1:50.4 on a sloppy track.
• Pelling: “He’s got sheer speed. He’s the real deal. If he’s not one of the best five [horses] in the Pace, I’ll give the game away.”
• Won his first two starts of sophomore season including 1:48 score with a final quarter of 25.3 at the Meadowlands on July 4.
• “I knew he was fast before he came here,” Pelling said. “I also knew he was a bit of a rogue. I’m not going to say it’s a surprise because I knew the horse had a lot of speed, but there are so many factors that they kind of have to put it together, and he seems quite content. He’s been completely re-rigged and I’m sure his routine is totally different. I do things differently than (Coleman).”
• Trainer Brett Pelling on June 3rd at Gaitway: “Allywag I wasn't sure about him; he's a different kind of horse and likes to do things his way. Three months ago I said I'm not going to force this horse to do anything, I'm just going to leave him to his own free will. And when I take him to the qualifiers, I'm going to rig him up then. So today we basically took him to
Allywag Hanover
Bay Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – Anderosa Hanover – The Panderosa
the qualifiers with zero rigging, and he was pretty near perfect. When the speed's on, he knows how to go forward.”
• Final win of his freshman campaign came in a non-winners condition race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He finished out the season with a disappointing sixth in the Breeders Crown.
• Started two-for-two as a two year old including a win in a leg of the Dreammaker at Woodbine Mohawk Park for his previous trainer Casie Coleman.
• In 2019, Pelling enjoyed his best season since returning to America, led by the prolific Open class pacing mare Caviart Ally, who won the Rainbow Blue Final in 1:48. Caviart Ally was also second in both the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty. Pelling passed the $1 million mark in 2019 and has earned more than $53 million in his illustrious career.
• Brett Pelling, 62, is looking for his fifth Pace win. His previous wins include David’s Pass in 1995, Dream Away in 1997, The Panderosa in 1999 and Rocknroll Havover in 2005.
• Tim Tetrick, 38, is looking for his sixth Pace win in 14 drives. His previous wins include: Southwind Lynx in 2010, One More Laugh in 2007, Captaintreacherous in 2013, He’s Watching in 2014 and Huntsville in 2017.
• By far the leading money winner in the sport again in 2019 with over $10 million, Tetrick passed the 11,000 career wins plateau. He drove 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N to numerous major stakes wins, including the Lady Liberty in a world record of 1:46.4 while on a long winning streak. That outstanding pacing mare also won the Golden Girls on Pace Night. Tetrick added a 23-1 upset in the Hambletonian Maturity with Crystal Fashion and won the Mistletoe Shalee with Stonebridge Soul. He also rallied Green Manalishi S to a 1:50.3 Hambletonian elimination tally. Fittingly, Tetrick was honored as a 2020 inductee to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
• Allywag’s sire Captaintreacherous won the Pace in 2013. He is also the sire of three other Pace contenders – Captain Barbossa, Captain Kirk, Capt Midnight and Catch The Fire.
TALL DARK STRANGER
Bay Colt 3, by Bettor’s Delight – Precocious Beauty – Art Major
OWNERS: Crawford Farms Racing, NY; Marvin Katz, ON; Caviart Farms, VA; Howard Taylor, PA
BREEDER: James L Avritt Sr, KY
SALE: $330,000 Lexington Selected Sale
TRAINER: Nancy Takter
DRIVER: Yannick Gingras
• Won the Pace elimination in 1:48.1 and drew post five in the final. He is the morning line favorite at 7-5.
• “I wasn’t shocked,” said Takter after his first start of 2020. “I knew he had that in him. He did it very easily without much effort. The fact that he did it in his first start that surprised me.”
• Started his sophomore campaign with a dazzling win against older horses at the Meadowlands on June 27th. He stopped the clock in 1:47.4, equaling the fastest mile in the sport in 2020 to that point.
• To wrap up 2019, Tall Dark Stranger finished second in his Breeders Crown elimination and finished second placed first in the final after judges determined he was interfered with in the stretch by chief rival Papi Rob Hanover.
• “He’s got some learning to do, but he’s got all the tools to be a great one,” said driver Yannick Gingras after his Metro Pace win.
• Started his freshman season seven-for-seven with wins in the Dreammaker, Ontario Sire Stakes, Metro Final and International Stallion Stakes.
• Trainer Nancy Takter had her first Meadowlands Pace starter in 2019 with
Captain Crunch and the favorite finished a close fourth. Last year, Hall of
Famer Linda Toscano became the first female trainer to win the Pace.
• “He had just had great presence when he was brought out for us to look
at [as a yearling],” Takter said of Tall Dark Stranger as a two year old. “I
think charisma is one of the most important attributes a racehorse can
have. He was very easy to work with, very willing to please, always
showed tremendous speed … he was pretty easy to train him down."
• Yannick Gingras, 40, was back on top of the Meadowlands driver
standings during the 2018-19 meet with 155 wins and $3,025,962, vaulting
him over the $50 million mark at The Big M. Eighth on the all-time money list
just past $175 million and with over 7,000 wins, the two-time Driver of the
Year scored his fifth Meadowlands driving title. Gingras guided Atlanta to
the fastest trotting mile in track history with a 1:49.1 clocking in a Graduate
Series Final. On Hambletonian Day, he won a leg of the Miss Versatility with
Hannelore Hanover in 1:50.2, and the Vincennes Trot with Mission
Accepted in 1:50.2.
• Gingras’ lone Pace win in 13 editions came with A Rocknroll Dance in
2012. His debut in the Pace came with the favorite Timesareachanging,
who was second in 2004.
• Tall Dark Stranger is a son of Bettor’s Delight, who finished 2nd to Real
Desire in the 2001 Meadowlands Pace. The leading stallion in horse racing
history, whose progeny have earned more than $315 million, earned his
first Meadowlands Pace siring credit in 2019 with 27-1 longshot Best In
Show. He also sired second-place finisher Bettor’s Wish.

MANTICORE
Bay Colt 3, by Western Ideal – Southwind Playa – McArdle
OWNERS: M&L of Delaware, LLC [Rosalind & Douglas Paul], DE; M&M Harness Racing [William Matz & Cary Potkin], NY
BREEDER: Hanover Shoe Farms, PA
SALE: $20,000 Standardbred Horse Sale
TRAINER: Bruce Saunders
DRIVER: Jordan Stratton
• Finished fifth in the Pace elimination. Drew post six in the final and is listed at 15-1.
• Does not have a win as a three year old. He has faced older foes and has a second and third place finishes in four starts in non-winner condition races at the Meadowlands.
• Wrapped up his freshman year with a third place finish in the Liberty Bell at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
• Finished second in the PASS Championship at Harrah’s Philadelphia and in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington.
• Manticore won a division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs earning his mark of 1:52.2 and a leg of the PASS at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:53.
• "He's a very nice colt," said M And L of Delaware's Doug Paul. "He was a late foal, born June 5 (2017), and he's just coming into himself. But he started out early and hasn't missed a beat. He's really consistent. He can leave, he can follow, he can cut the mile; he's just very versatile. He was a very correct colt. Not the biggest colt but correct and substantially built. We had luck with Western Ideal the year before with (stakes-winner) Mangogh. They've always been nice horses."
Manticore
Bay Colt 3, by Western Ideal – Southwind Playa – McArdle
• Veteran trainer Bruce Saunders, 75, is competing in his 30th season. He has won more than 1,300 races and $31 million. The 2010 Trainer of the Year sent out Horse of the Year Rocknroll Heaven in the 2010 Pace. The favorite got stung to a :25.4 opening quarter and missed by a head to One More Laugh in 1:47.4.
• Saunders has had three previous Pace starters – 2007 Artriverderci (3rd), 2010 Rock N Roll Heaven (2nd) and 2017 Talent Soup (9th).
• Jordan Stratton, 33, is one of the top young catch drivers in the sport of harness racing. He began driving at the age of 18 and four years later became one of the youngest drivers to ever record 1,000 career wins. He has won over 4,200 races and earned over $71 million in purses. Jordan is the son of longtime horseman David Stratton.
• This is Stratton’s second Pace start. In 2016 he drove Thinkbig Dreambig to a fifth place finish.
• Manticore’s sire, Western Ideal, also sired 2005 Horse of the Year and Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover.
CAPT MIDNIGHT
Brown Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – It Was Fascination– American Ideal
OWNERS: Marvin Katz, ON, Ken Jacobs Bradley Grant, ON; Captain Midnight Racing [JAF Racing, VJ Stable, Stephanie Bell, In The Gym Partners, Riverview Racing LLC], KY
BREEDER: Hanover Shoe Farms, PA
SALE: $350,000 Standardbred Horse Sale, PA
TRAINER: Tony Alagna
DRIVER: Andrew McCarthy
• Finished ninth in the Pace elimination, but drew into the final when Chief Mate did not declare before the box closed. Listed at 15-1 from post seven.
• Only other start as a three year old came in a condition race against older horses at the Meadowlands on July 4th, and he held off Pace contender Papi Rob Hanover in :25.4 in a 1:49.3 career best.
• Captured a division of the International Stallion stakes at Lexington in 1:49.4 before wrapping up his season with a fifth-placed fourth finish in the Breeders Crown.
• He reeled off five straight wins during his freshman campaign including wins in the Dream Maker Final in 1:49.4, Nassagawey in 1:51, Champlain in 1:50.2 and an elimination of the Metro in 1:51.4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
• Alagna: “He wintered well. He raced against the big two last year and showed signs of getting tired late in the year, but there is no reason he can’t go with them during 2020.”
• Alagna, 48, passed the $40 million mark in 2019 with his ninth straight season past $3 million. His late-blooming Hambletonian prospect Pilot Discretion won his first six starts, including the Goodtimes Final @ Woodbine at Mohawk Park. Alagna won the Shady Daisy in a Meadowlands track
Capt Midnight
Brown Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – It Was Fascination– American Ideal
record of 1:48 with Tall Drink Hanover. Stablemate Treacherous Reign took
the Fan Hanover Final in 1:48.3. Tall Drink Hanover also won the Simcoe
Stakes in a stakes record of 1:49.1. Rookie pacers Reflect With Me and
Capt Midnight completed an Alagna triple with Champlain Stakes
victories.
• Alagna won his Meadowlands Pace debut in 2013 with two-time Pacer of
the Year Captaintreacherous. He sends out three starters in 2020
including Captain Kirk and Captain Barbossa.
• McCarthy 38, passed $4 million for the fourth straight season in 2019. He
drove Goodtimes winner Pilot Discretion to his first six career wins, guided
Caviart Ally to a 1:48 romp in the Rainbow Blue Series Final, and Tall Drink
Hanover set a track record of 1:48 in the Shady Daisy. McCarthy was a
star on Breeders Crown Night at Woodbine Mohawk Park winning his first
four trophies. He pulled back-to-back upsets for trainer Tony Alagna with
Ramona Hill and Reflect With Me. He also won Breeders Crowns with
Caviart Ally and Dancin Lou on the same card.
• After a chance meeting with trainer Noel Daley in 2007, Andrew
McCarthy decided to take his talents from Australia to the biggest stage
in the US. McCarthy won an Open Pace at the Meadowlands with Daley
trainee Took Hanover and $20 million later he has never looked back.
McCarthy is a third generation horseman. His brother Luke McCarthy was
a leading driver in Australia, and also spent time in the US, and his father
has overseen one to the largest stables down under.
• This is McCarthy’s second drive in the Pace. His first drive came in 2019 on
Captain Ahab (eighth).
• Capt Midnight’s sire Captaintreacherous won the Pace in 2013. He is also
the sire of four other Pace contenders – Allywag Hanover, Capt Kirk,
Captain Barbossa and Catch The Fire.
MAJOR BETTS
Brown Colt 3, by Art Major – Southwind Johanne– Dragon Again
OWNERS: Joseph Jannuzzeli, NJ; Mark Harder, NJ; Deena Rachel Frost, FL
BREEDER: Southwind Farms LLC, NJ
SALE: $70,000 Lexington Selected Sale
TRAINER: Mark Harder
DRIVER: Dexter Dunn

• Was the leader at the first quarter, then faded to sixth in the Pace elimination. Drew post eight in the Pace Final at odds of 12-1.
• "He was just always fast, he was just beautifully gaited," said trainer Mark Harder. "He was a colt that had one of those gaits that he just didn't work at it. He did everything pretty easy. A couple of times last year he did some silly colt things. This year, he acts more professional. He drives like an old horse. It's probably a little bit of rigging, a little bit of growing up, a little bit of everything. Hopefully it's a bit of good management. It might just be good luck."
• First start of his three-year-old season was an impressive 1:49.4 win at Tioga Downs in a leg of the New York Sire Stakes. Major Bets won by three lengths in 1:49 4/5, the fastest mile by a three-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track this season.
• Finished his freshman campaign with a third place finish in the $172,000 Kindergarten Final and won the $80,000 Home Grown Pace at the Meadowlands in 1:52.3.
• Won his first two starts as a two year old - a leg of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands and the Tompkins Geers at Tioga Downs. He also took a division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:49.1 at the Red Mile.
Major Betts
Brown Colt 3, by Art Major – Southwind Johanne– Dragon Again
• Mark Harder won the 2004 Meadowlands Pace with Holborn Hanover,
who produced the largest win payoff in Pace history at $119. His last Pace
starter came in 2017 with Boogie Shuffle who finished 8th.
• Mark Harder passed 2,000 career wins and the $45 million mark in 2019.
Harder enjoyed his best season since 2012 with more than 100 wins and $2
million.
• Dexter Dunn, a 30-year-old New Zealand native, finished second in the
Meadowlands driver standings during the 2018-19 meet with 107 wins and
$2,606,117. Ranked in the Top Five among all drivers in North America,
Dunn also passed 300 wins and $7 million, while emerging as one of the
top drivers on the Grand Circuit. He capped his tremendous 2019 season
being named Driver of the Year by USHWA.
• Dunn made a splash in 2019 with top flight wins in the Fan Hanover with
Treacherous Reign, the Art Rooney with Bettor’s Wish, the Confederation
Cup with Done Well, a division of the Delvin Miller Memorial with Millies
Possesion and the Dr. John R. Steele Memorial with Manchego. He was
also second in the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace,
Hambletonian Oaks, Cane Pace, Maxie Lee Memorial, Dexter Cup and
Blue Chip Matchmaker.
• Dunn finished a close second in the 2019 Pace with Bettor’s Wish, who
went on to become the sport’s leading money winner last season and
was voted a Dan Patch Award.
• Major Bett's sire Art Major has two previous Pace winners - 2008 Art Official
and 2018 Courtly Choice.
PAPI ROB HANOVER
Bay Colt 3, by Somebeachsomewhere – Panera Hanover– Rocknroll Hanover
OWNERS: David McDuffee, FL
BREEDER: Hanover Shoe Farms, PA
SALE: $95,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, PA
TRAINER: Brett Pelling
DRIVER: David Miller

• Finished a strong third from post ten in the Pace elimination. Drew post nine and has a 4-1 morning line.
• His only other start of the season came in an overnight against older horses at the Meadowlands. He finished second by a half-length to Captain Midnight.
• Final wins of his freshman campaign came at Dover Downs in the Matron Final in 1:50 and in the $401,850 Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands in 1:51.1.
• Papi Rob Hanover finished first in his Breeders Crown elimination in 1:50.2 and finished first placed second in the final after judges determined he interfered with chief rival Tall Drink Hanover.
• Finished second to Pace foe Tall Dark Stranger in a Metro elimination and the final at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
• Won a leg of the PASS in 1:50.4 and finished first in the $252,000 PASS Championship at Harrah’s Philly in 1:50.2.
• In 2019, Pelling enjoyed his best season since returning to America, led by the prolific Open class pacing mare Caviart Ally, who won the Rainbow Blue Final in 1:48. Caviart Ally was also second in both the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty. Pelling passed the $1 million mark in 2019 and $53 million in his illustrious career.
Papi Rob Hanover
Bay Colt 3, by Somebeachsomewhere – Panera Havover– Rocknroll Havover
• Brett Pelling, 62, is looking for his fifth Pace win. He also trains outstanding
Pace contender Allywag Hanover. Previous wins include David’s Pass in
1995, Dream Away in 1997, The Panderosa in 1999 and Rocknroll Hanover
in 2005.
• Pelling on the differences between Allywag Hanover and Papi Rob
Hanover: “He’s been awesome since the day we bought him. Allywag
has got high speed, very high speed. But as fast as Allywag looks, you
watch Papi Rob the other night, and he’s even faster. He’s coming home
in :25.1, and his :25.1 started after they had already straightened up. He’s
pretty cool, he’s alright, he knows what he’s doing.”
• Pelling finished one-two in the 2005 Pace with Rock n Roll Hanover and
Village Jolt. He finished second with the favorite Timesareachanging in
2004 when 95% of the $1 million purse went to trainers from down under.
Pelling is also trying to win his first Pace in 15 years and it would be 25 years
since his first.
• Regarding post 10 in the Pace elimination Pelling said, “You’ve got to get
a decent post. You can’t have the 10-hole and you can’t give horses a
head start. The bottom line is when you’ve got the 10-hole you’re giving
them a head start. I have never not doubted that Papi Rob is the superior
animal. That’s just how I feel.”
• Hall of Fame driver David Miller is looking for his second Pace win. His
previous win came in 2018 with Courtly Choice. 2020 marks the 25th
anniversary of Miller’s first ever Pace drive in 1995 with Cinder Lane Sam,
who rallied in :26 flat from post ten to finish fifth.
• “The Buckeye” is the sport’s leading active money winner with $238 million,
more than $80 at The Big M, and is closing in on 13,000 career wins. Miller
won a Del Miller Memorial division with Evident Beauty, a Stanley Dancer
Memorial division with Swandre The Giant, the Peter Haughton Memorial in
a world record of 1:53.1 with Real Cool Sam, and the John Cashman, Jr.
Memorial with Crystal Fashion in a stakes record equaling 1:50.
• His super sire Somebeachsomewhere suffered his only career loss in 21
starts in the epic 2008 Meadowlands Pace, upset by Art Official in a world
record of 1:47. Somebeachsomewhere, a son of the late 2002 Pace
champion, was named 2008 Horse of the Year. He sired 2013 Pace winner
Captaintreacherous from his first crop and Huntsville the 2017 Pace
winner.

CAPTAIN KIRK
Brown Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – Aria Hanover– Well said
OWNERS: Brittany Farms, KY; Marvin Katz, ON, Bradley Grant, ON; Captain Kirk Racing [VJ Stable, In The Gym Partners, Riverview Racing LLC], KY
BREEDER: Brittany Farms, KY
SALE: $200,000 Lexington Selected Sale
TRAINER: Tony Alagna
DRIVER: Joe Bongiorno

• Stayed close to the lead and finished second in the Pace elimination with a final quarter of :25.2. Drew post ten in the Pace Final at odds of 15-1.
• Only other start as a three-year-old came in a condition race at the Meadowlands on June 20th, he finished second behind NYSS standout Splash Brother with a final quarter of :25.2.
• Alagna: “I think [Captain] Kirk has talent like [Capt] Midnight. We quit with him early last year after the Metro. So far, he’s paid us back for that extra time off.”
• Only win came in a division of the Kindergarten Series at the Meadowlands on July 19th in 1:51.2.
• Had two strong third-place finishes in legs of the Dreammaker Series at Woodbine. He followed those up with a second place finish in the Champlain.
• Alagna won his Meadowlands Pace debut in 2013 with two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. He sends out three starters in 2020 including Captain Kirk and Capt Midnight.
Captain Kirk
Brown Colt 3, by Captaintreacherous – Aria Hanover– Well said
• Alagna, 48, passed the $40 million mark in 2019 with his ninth straight season past $3 million. His late-blooming Hambletonian prospect Pilot Discretion won his first six starts, including the Goodtimes Final @ Woodbine at Mohawk Park. Alagna won the Shady Daisy in a Meadowlands track record of 1:48 with Tall Drink Hanover. Stablemate Treacherous Reign took the Fan Hanover Final in 1:48.3. Tall Drink Hanover also won the Simcoe Stakes in a stakes record of 1:49.1. Rookie pacers Reflect With Me and Capt Midnight completed an Alagna triple with Champlain Stakes victories.
• Joe Bongiorno, 26, saw regular seat time at Yonkers Raceway and Harrah’s Philadelphia in 2019, which was the fourth straight season Bongiorno passed 200 wins and the $3 million mark. He also won his first Breeders Crown with American History at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
• Bongiorno developed and displayed talent as a bright teenager in New Jersey, and continued to gain valuable experience competing at the sport’s highest level in early 2014. Among his 16 wins during the inaugural meet at the Meadowlands, World Cup rallied to a nose upset in a $30,000 Open Trot in 1:52.2. Voted the 2011 Rising Star of the Year by the Monticello Chapter of the US Harness Writers Association, and the 2011 National Amateur Driver of the Year, Bongiorno is the grandson of Harold “Sonny” Dancer, won his first race at Freehold Raceway at age 18 with Mr Bennett and apprenticed under George “Buzzy” Sholty. In 2017, Bongiorno guided B Yoyo to a track record equaling 1:50.2 for older gelding trotters.
• This is Joe Bongiorno’s third drive in the Pace. His first drive came in 2016 on Manhattan Beach (fourth) with his second drive coming in 2019 with Reigning Deo (seventh).
• Captain Kirk’s sire Captaintreacherous won the Pace in 2013. He is also the sire of four other Pace contenders – Allywag Hanover, Capt Midnight, Captain Barbossa and Catch The Fire.
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