June 26, 2010
Celebrating its 27th 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 ten lined up behind the gate on a warm Saturday night under overcast skies. The track was rated fast despite some rainshowers earlier in the afternoon. New Jersey Sires Stakes winner Rock N Roll Heaven was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off his elimination victory last week, over 3-1 second choice All Speed Hanover, winner of his elimination heat after finishing a close second in the New Jersey Classic. Sportswriter was the 7-2 third choice off a disappointing third place finish in his elimination, after finishing second in the Burlington Stakes.
9-1 Kyle Major moved up alongside to take over the lead from 34-1 We Will See on the clubhouse turn after an opening quarter in 26 2/5. Sportswriter stalked the pace on the outside in second around the clubhouse turn, while favorite Rock N Roll Heaven sat 5th wide throughout. Halfway down the backstretch, driver Mark MacDonald sent Sportswriter to challenge and he took over the lead through a half in 53 4/5, opening up a 1 1/2 length advantage. Entering the stretch, Kyle Major tired and faded from contention as Sportswriter opened up a 2 3/4 length lead at the 1/8 pole, through 3/4 in 1:20 4/5 and 7/8 in 1:34 1/5. We Will See came back late but Sportswriter easily held him off by 3/4 length to get the win in 1:48 3/5. It was another 1 1/2 length back to late-running 98-1 Piece of the Rock, while favorite Rock N Roll Heaven finished another 3/4 length back in fourth.
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