The Heat Is On In Confederation Cup; State-Breds Battle AplentyWith the Hambletonian in the history books, the action turns back to soph-colt pacers and heads north to Flamboro Downs, where that track’s signature event, the Confederation Cup, handles the first heats-to-final event of the season on Sunday, Aug. 12.
Confederation Cup Crew
Sunday, Aug. 12, there will be 11 soph-colt pacers in the 2012 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs.
Among them are Pet Rock, Michaels Power, Warrawee Needy and a supplemental entry, Panther Hanover. That one’s connections decided to put up the money to compete after Panther Hanover’s roaring mile at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian day.
“Panther” upset the favorite in the New Jersey Classic, getting a perfect trip from sizzling fractions and winning in 1:47.2. As reported in our weekly update, that was the race where Hurrikane Kingcole broke the record for cutting the fastest three-quarters ever, with a 1:18.2.
With many of the division’s stars, along with the fillies in the age-and-gait group, racing at Tioga on Saturday (see story below), this race has attracted what appears to be mostly second-stringer characters. The post draw for a six-horse field and a five-horse field, which are the two heat elims (raced on the same program to define the final field), will be after our press time. Here are the entries:
Caviart Key, Dynamic Youth, I Found My Beach, Mel Mara, Michaels Power, Panther Hanover, Pet Rock, Secretsoftheknight, Speed Again, State Treasurer and Warrawee Needy.
We assume that Panther is going to get a lot of support but anyone expecting a repeat performance of his last effort will be tossing out good money for bad. On the Flamboro half-mile, regardless of how this race is drawn, the best possible winner of the final, if not also his elim, is Pet Rock.
Just as we liked him in the “Rooney” and he delivered the win at a decent price, he is bound to be overlooked here. The presence of Michaels Power and Warrawee Needy, Canadian heroes both, as well as the entry of Panter, should make Pet Rock an overlay. He has done best with the first-string colts and his class should show again on a half-mile. His price may be better in the elim because if he wins that he will be hit more in the final, so watch his elim field odds for the best strike.