Huntsville Holds On In Cane Pace
Aug 5

Huntsville fought off RJP to win the $334,225 Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands in 2:03 for the mile and an eighth.

With Tim Tetrick at the lines, the Meadowlands Pace champion led through opening-half fractions of :25.4 and :54 while parking out Lawrencetown Beach (Joe Bongiorno). Lawrencetown Beach threw in the towel past that marker, with RJP (Yannick Gingras) taking up the chase of the pace-setter at the 1:21.4 three-quarters.

In the stretch and to the 1:49 mile, Huntsville continued to hold on over RJP, while pocket-sitter Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) looked for room. The lane never came available, leaving Huntsville and RJP to decide it, and it would be Huntsville winning by just over a neck. Downbytheseaside had to settle for third.

"I hope he goes the rest of the year like that. I'd be very happy," said winning breeder, co-owner and trainer Ray Schnittker. "He showed some toughness today - that first quarter I was little concerned, but he's just a very, very good horse."

Huntsville - Lisa Photo

Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing share ownership of Huntsville, a Somebeachsomewhere colt. He has won seven times from ten starts this year, and this was his 14th career victory. He has earned $961,503 in 2017 and $1,681,737.


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