Sizzling Champlain results for Betting Line colt

Sizzling Champlain results for Betting Line colt

Odds-on choice Abuckabett Hanover crushed his competition when winning the second of two divisions for the $187,518 Champlain Colt Pace on Saturday (Sept. 12) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, missing the stakes record by a fifth of a second.

Driver Andrew McCarthy positioned Abuckabett Hanover third to a :27 opening quarter before launching the Betting Line colt to the front before a :55.4 half. Twin B Fighter raced from the pocket into the final turn as Highlandbeachsbest advanced first over tracked by Candy Trader. By three-quarters in 1:24.2, Abuckabett Hanover hurried away and opened seven lengths on Candy Trader, who snagged second from Twin B Fighter, in a 1:50.3 mile.

“They got out of there pretty good,” McCarthy said after the race. “I’ve driven this horse a lot and I think he’s got a hell of a lot of ability. I thought I’d just move him back to the front and cruise along. I got him to slow down a little bit in the third quarter, chirped to him and off he went.

“I think he’s growing up,” McCarthy also said. “His gait’s definitely getting better; it’s getting stronger, and I think he’s getting a little smarter each race. He could’ve went a little faster tonight. I actually think this colt’s got the tools to go a long way and try to save the really big miles for the really big races.”

Owned by Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna and Inthegym, Abuckabett Hanover won his third race from five starts, earning $145,234. Tony Alagna trains the $2.80 winner.


Caviart Audrey cruised first over to the lead and held firm to the finish of a 1:53 mile to take the other division of the Champlain Filly Pace.

Adashious Hanover led pocket-sitter Alumni Seelster through fractions of :26.4 and :56.1 before facing a challenge from 1-9 favourite Caviart Audrey into the final turn. The Nancy Takter trainee ranged towards the lead by three-quarters in 1:24.4 tracked by City By The Bay and slid to a one-and-a-half length lead in the stretch. Alumni Seelster slid through traffic to take second from City By The Bay in third.

“The plan was [that] I wanted to race her off a helmet,” driver Yannick Gingras said after the race. “She’s been on the front many weeks -- I thought she was the best in here, so I figured I could race her from the back and still reach. I wouldn’t say she was 100 per cent—I think she’s better than what she showed tonight, but that’s what great horses do; they find ways to win anyway. I’m happy that she won for sure, but like I said I think she’s a better horse than she showed tonight.”

A filly by Somebeachsomewhere, Caviart Audrey won her third race from four starts, earning $109,237. Caviart Farms owns the $2.10 winner.