Fear The Dragon Captures Pepsi North America Cup
Jun 17

Fear The Dragon and Huntsville battled tooth-and-nail to the wire, but it was Fear The Dragon getting up for the victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for the glamour boys on Saturday night at Mohawk. The final time was 1:48.4.

A trio of longshots in Sports Column (Chris Christoforou), Classic Pro (Trevor Henry) and Filibuster Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) were the quickest away from the gate, with Classic Pro leading at the :25.2 opening quarter.

Filibuster Hanover then moved from third, with elimination winner Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) following that move. Filibuster Hanover cleared to command, then released Downbytheseaside, but the pace was amazing, with the half going on the board in :52.1, which was the fastest half ever clocked at Mohawk.

Downbytheseaside continued to pour it on around the final turn, hitting three-quarters in 1:19.3, but a first-over Huntsville (Tim Tetrick) and a second-over Fear The Dragon gathered him in early in the stretch and began to battle it out to the wire. Huntsville was game as can be, but Fear The Dragon got the better of him on this night, reporting home with a three-quarter length victory. Downbytheseaside held third despite the rapid tempo, with Classic Pro fourth and Western Hill (Doug McNair) checking in fifth.

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“My horse was having a hard time keeping up,” said Miller of the quick fractions. “He was gapping, and I was chasing him, and he didn’t really get into contention until right at the head of the stretch and then he dug, he fought. Huntsville, he kept fighting, and it was a battle right to the wire.”

Brian Brown trains Fear The Dragon, a colt by the late Dragon Again, for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon has won all six of his starts this year, and he is 11-for-17 lifetime. He has earned $597,453 in 2017 and $825,844 in his career.

“It’s unexplainable; you would have to ask the guys that win these races regularly,” said Brown following the race. “This is my first time, I don’t know what to say, it’s incredible that were even here with two horses and to come away with a win is just something that is unexplainable.” (quotes courtesy of WEG)


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