On the Hambletonian elim undercard at the Meadowlands last Saturday, a pair of horses bred, raised and sold as yearlings by Brittany Farms took impressive wins in fields where the term “loaded” would be an understatement. Captain Kirk beamed up a victory in the Tompkins-Geers, and American History paced the second-fastest mile of the season taking the Open Pace.
In the Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old colt pacers, Captain Kirk p,3,1:48.3, by Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover, left from the 8-hole, sat and pounced to take a hard-fought win in a career best 1:48.3, defeating such standouts as Meadowlands Pace Champion Tall Dark Stranger and highly regarded Allywag Hanover. (Watch race
Sold as a $200,000 yearling in Lexington, the colt won a Kindergarten leg and was placed in several major stakes last year. This year he was second by a half-length to Tall Dark Stranger in his Meadowlands Pace elim.
The striking colt is owned by a partnership that consists of Brad Grant, Marvin Katz, Captain Kirk Racing and Brittany Farms and is trained by Tony Alagna. Captain Kirk is now traveling at warp speed to next weekend’s $300,000 est. Cane Pace.
In the $25,000 Open Pace on the same evening, last year’s Breeders Crown Champion American History, among the 40 millionaires bred by Brittany, toppled a field that included another Brittany-bred millionaire, Bettor’s Wish, and scored in 1:47.1—the second-fastest mile of the year and 1/5 off his lifetime mark.
The son of Brittany Stallion Management’s American Ideal
from Perfect Touch is owned by Marvin Katz, American History Racing and Brittany Farms, and like Captain Kirk is trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Joe Bongiorno.
The 5-year-old appears in career form as he heads to next weekend’s $230,000 est. Sam McKee Memorial on Hambletonian Day.
Congratulations and best wishes for continued success to the connections of both horses!