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Well Said '09 NA Cup Spring Book Favourite


Published: April 6, 2009 10:25 am ET

Last Comment: April 15, 2009 1:23 pm ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Well Said, the Western Hanover colt which concluded his freshman campaign by capturing the Breeders Crown, has been installed as the 6-1 favourite in Trot Magazine's 2009 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book.

The $240,000 yearling purchase made 12 starts at two for trainer Steve Elliott, compiling a slate of 4-4-1, $601,127 in purses and a mark of 1:51, taken in the $700,000 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

"There are no ifs, ands or buts about him -- he's the real deal," the colt's regular pilot, Ron Pierce, told Trot Insider. "He's an extremely sharp horse that's wicked fast. You look at him and just say 'wow.'"

Well Said finished a close fourth in Mohawk Racetrack's $1 million Metro Pace and recorded a dominant off-the-pace effort a week later in a division of the Champlain Stakes, stopping the teletimer in 1:52.2.

According to Pierce, an early season race at Pocono threw Well Said behind the eight ball for the rest of the campaign.

"We were racing at Pocono in the Reynolds and I didn't realize it, but the colt threw a shoe really early," Pierce explained to Trot Insider. "He made a break early and I couldn't figure out why. He made breaks later in the mile also. I was baffled because I knew that the colt was going into the race in great shape. If I knew he had thrown a shoe, I would've pulled him up.

"The colt's foot was in bad shape after that, and it was an issue that he dealt with for quite some time the rest of his season. By the time the end of the year rolled around he was sharp. He just jogged in the Breeders Crown."

Pierce told Trot Insider that he has been in touch with Elliott and co-owner Jeff Snyder this spring regarding the colt and all reports are good.

"I've been told that he's come back and has been training down super," Pierce said.

The 2009 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book is featured in Trot Magazine's April 2009 edition, the Horseplayer's Issue, which should be arriving in mailboxes.

The top 10 horses in the '09 NA Cup Spring Book are listed below.

Rank - Horse - Odds

1 - Well Said - 6-1
2 - Art Colony - 7-1
3 - Major In Art - 10-1
4 - Dial Or Nodial - 11-1
5 - Sheer Desire - 12-1
6 - Nebupanezzar - 18-1
7 - Captain Sir - 20-1
8 - Carnivore - 22-1
9 - Annieswesterncard - 24-1
10 - Schoolkids - 25-1

April 15, 2009 - 1:23 pmI got one for you that will

I got one for you that will hopefuly suprise once again,he beat Well said last year in the metro prep.and wasnt steaked anywhere Bay of Shark,check it out just qualified last monday!!!

Marie-Eve Robitaille

April 6, 2009 - 7:32 pmThanks for your comment,

Jeff Porchak SAID...

Thanks for your comment, Blaine.

It is early and quite true that some dark horses have yet to come out of the woodwork. That's part of what makes an endeavour like Trot's Spring Book so interesting.

To reflect on 2008's Spring Book selections, the Trot staff selected six of the ten NA Cup finalists. Also consider that one of our top tens - Roberts Rage - passed away. The remaining horses were ranked at 11 (Mucho Sleazy), 12 (Lennon Blue Chip), 16 (Badlands Nitro) and 21 (Art Official).


April 6, 2009 - 3:08 pmKeep in mind that 2 year

Keep in mind that 2 year olds with little or no racing last year may surprise everyone

so would advie all to stay tuned.

Blaine Gregan,
Moncton, NB

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