McWicked Springs To Gold Cup Win
Jun 17

Sitting off a fast pace, McWicked rode cover and pounced on pace-setter Nirvana Seelster in the stretch to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational in 1:48.2 on the undercard of the Pepsi North America Cup Saturday, June 17.

Driver David Miller floated Mcwicked off the gate to get away fifth while Nirvana Seelster battled with Dr J Hanover through a :25.4 first quarter, with Great Vintage getting away behind them in third. Yielding for the pocket, Nirvana Seelster soon pulled to the outside to retake the lead from Dr J Hanover before the half, with McWicked grabbing cover from Dealt A Winner, who had been pacing fourth in a :54.2 half.

Nirvana Seelster maintained control circling the final turn while Dealt A Winner crept closer to be third, wide of pocket-sitter Dr J Hanover, and carrying Mcwicked to be second-over and to the outside of Great Vintage who was pacing fourth.

After a three-quarters of 1:22, Miller swung McWicked around his faltering cover and pursued Nirvana Seelster, who held the lead until the final hundred yards when McWicked edged past and advanced to a half-length win over Nirvana Seelster, Great Vintage, and Shamballa, who rallied up the rail for fourth.

McWicked - New Image Media

Competing for owner S S G Stables, McWicked, a 6-year-old horse by McArdle out of the Western Ideal mare Western Sahara, scored his 20th win in 59 tries, pushing his career earnings to $1,928,866. Trained by Casie Coleman, Mcwicked returned $4.90 to win.



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