Leaving from post position four in a field of nine, Dynamic Youth and George Brennan got away eighth as Time To Roll (Ron Pierce) led the Cane Pace field through a blistering :25.1 opening quarter. As the field headed by the stands and the fans for the first time, Yannick Gingras angled A Rocknroll Dance to the outside from fifth but was used hard to get to the front, clearing by the half in :53.
Down the backside and headed towards three-quarters, Bettor’s Edge tried the first over bid with Pet Rock (Brian Sears) perfectly placed on his helmet second over. Brenan and Dynamic Youth also picked up a cover trip third over behind Pet Rock as they went three-quarters in 1:20.3.
Around the final turn Sears tipped Pet Rock three wide off cover and he responded, pacing by A Rocknroll Dance to the lead, but his biggest threat was still looming.
Down the stretch Pet Rock and Dynamic Youth battled nose to nose with Dynamic Youth and George Brennan edging out Pet Rock to win by a nose in 1:48.4. Bettor’s Edge finished third, A Rocknroll Dance faded to fourth, while elimination winner Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) was in trouble from the beginning of the race, having to drag back to last out of the gate, but still finished fifth.
“I came into the race with really no game plan, just hoping for a speed duel up front and pick up some of the pieces and we ended up with the biggest one.” said winning driver George Brennan, who posted his first Cane Pace victory. “I never went to the rail with him, just sort of floated out there and got Pet Rock in front of me and we just followed Sears’ helmet from there."
The mile lowered the previous track record of 1:49.3 for 3-year-old gelding pacers that Dynamic Youth established in July.
Aaron Lambert trains the son of Bettor's Delight–Always True for J&T Silva Stables, Kenneth Tucci and C&G Racing Stable. The win was the fifth in 13 season's starts for Dynamic Youth who increased his 2012 earnings to $397,940.
Dynamic Youth returned $2.90 for the win, as part of a Silva owned entry with A Rocknroll Dance.
The Cane Pace is the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Although he is not eligible to the second leg, the Little Brown Jug, Dynamic Youth could be supplemented into the Delaware classic.
In the $100,000 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, an early battle by Persisten (David Miller) and Major Look (Jeff Gregory) through fractions of :25.4 and :53 resulted in another upset, this time from Blackjack Princess and Mark MacDonald.
Miller took control of the field by the quarter as Gregory looked to move back to the front, but Miller would not release the heavy betting favorite. Major Look continued to grind it out, finally clearing the leader down the backstretch and was still in command by the three-quarters in 1:21.
Around the final turn the early leaders were tiring and Blackjack Princess took advantage with a powerful move four wide to capture the Shady Daisy in 1:51.1. Bettor B Lucky (Jim Morrill, Jr.) got up for second, JK Fine Art (Ron Pierce) was third, while Major Look faded to fourth.
Mark Ford trains the winner, a daughter of Cam's Card Shark–Happy Doris, for Robert Di Nozzi. She paid $44.80 to win.
Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday (Sept. 7) with a post time of 6:50 p.m. For more information on Tioga Downs visit www.tiogadowns.com.