June 14, 2008
Celebrating its 25th renewal this year, the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup is the richest harness race in Canada, 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 ten lined up behind the gate on a warm Saturday night, with ideal racing weather -- clear, calm, and temperatures in the 70's. As expected, the undefeated Somebeachsomewhere was sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the full field of ten, exiting his elimination win after winning the Burlington at Mohawk. In to challenge the son of Mach Three was 6-1 second choice Badlands Nitro and 9-1 third choice Art Official, with the rest of the field at double digits.
Mucho Sleazy angled in from the 6 post and was sent to the front soon after the start by driver Mark MacDonald,
while Somebeachsomewhere settled to his outside in second 1 1/2 lengths back, through an initial quarter mile in 26
4/5. Badlands Nitro sat third early. Down the backstretch, driver Paul MacDonell asked Somebeachsomewhere to take
over the lead and he did this easily, pulling ahead of Mucho Sleazy and back towards the pylons to save ground.
Somebeachsomewhere got the half in 54 4/5 and 3/4 in 1:22. Turning for home, Somebeachsomewhere began to
open up on the field, leaving the tiring Mucho Sleazy 3 1/2 lengths behind at the 1/8 pole. Badlands Nitro came out
to put in his rally but it proved futile, as Somebeachsomewhere cruised past the finish post ahead by 2 3/4 lengths in
1:49. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Santanna Blue Chip in third.
Results charts for the night