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Up The Credit wins the 2011 Pepsi North America Cup
Up The Credit wins the 2011 Pepsi North America Cup

Up The Credit wins the 2011 Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay

June 18, 2011

Celebrating its 28th renewal this year, the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup is the richest pacing race in the world, featuring the best 3-year-old pacers in North America traveling the standard 1 mile distance around the 7/8 mile oval at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. A full field of 10 lines up behind the starter on a clear night with temperatures in the lower 70's. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winner Big Bad John was sent off as the 9-5 favorite of his elimination win last week, over top local hope and 2-1 second choice Up The Credit, winner of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes before taking his elimination heat, and 9-2 third choice Shadyshark Hanover, third in the Somebeachsomewhere and then second in his elimination.

Powerful Mist went to the front first time past the stands and got the opening 1/8 in 12 3/5 and the quarter in 26 2/5 over the fast track before favorite Big Bad John took over down the backstretch, getting the half in 55 2/5. Big Bad John led around the far turn and into the lane through 3/4 in 1:22 3/5, but he tired late as Up The Credit, wide throughout, took over inside the 1/8 pole and then held off Roll With Joe to win by 1 length in 1:49 3/5. It was another 3/4 length back to Big Jim third, while favorite Big Bad John faded to finish 5th beaten 2 1/2 lengths.
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