"I really felt all week with a better post I'm as good as anybody. Obviously the post is going to hurt us a lot but we'll give it our best shot."
Only one horse in the field of 10 three-year-old male pacers set to contest Saturday's 2019 Pepsi North America Cup can boast a win over the Woodbine Mohawk Park racetrack from the outermost post. As it turns out, it's the one saddled with post 10 on Saturday: Stag Party. Amazingly, Stag Party actually won from post 10 twice as a freshman but was placed second in one of those starts.
Stag Party (PP10, Brian Sears, 12-1) is heading into the Cup final off of a third-place finish to Workin Ona Mystery in the elims. Although Stag Party finished third, the Casie Coleman trainee raced first-up in the tilt and was individually clocked in 1:49.2. Stag Party had come into the elims off of a pair of third-place finishes over Mohawk, where he captured the Metro Pace last season. (Click here to watch/hide the video replay.)
Stag Party, who has finished on the board in all of his 12 career starts, has won six races and banked $698,000 for owners John Fielding (Toronto, Ont.), Mac Nichol (Burlington, Ont.), McKinlay & Fielding (Toronto, Ont.) and the West Wins Stable (Cambridge, Ont.). He garnered year-end honours with O'Brien Award voters as he was named Canada’s Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year for 2018.
Trainer and co-owner Casie Coleman discussed the outside starting spot as well as the driver change for Saturday's million-dollar event with TROT Magazine's Rachel Oenema at Tuesday's 2019 Pepsi North America Cup draw.
The 36th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup will go postward at 10:14 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN5 from 10-10:30 p.m. The full field for the 2019 Pepsi North America Cup is as follows:
2019 Pepsi North America Cup
(Post – Horse – Driver – Morning Line Odds)
1 – Aflame Hanover – Andrew McCarthy – 20-1
2 – De Los Cielos Deo – David Miller – 9-2
3 – Bettors Wish – Dexter Dunn – 7-2
4 – Workin Ona Mystery – Tim Tetrick – 2-1
5 – Captain Victorious – Yannick Gingras – 15-1
6 – Tyga Hanover – Sylvain Filion – 12-1
7 – Best In Show – Bob McClure – 15-1
8 – Captain Crunch – Scott Zeron – 5-2
9 – Hurrikane Emperor – Dan Dube – 15-1
10 – Stag Party – Brian Sears – 12-1
The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year marks the 19th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race.
The Pepsi North America Cup undercard features the $454,000 Fan Hanover, $330,000 Roses Are Red, $256,000 Armbro Flight, $247,000 Goodtimes and $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup.
The Cup card wagering menu will feature a $100,000 guaranteed Pick-5, $100,000 All-Stakes Pick-4 and the usual $50,000 Early Pick-4.
Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. To view entries for Saturday's card, click on one of the following links: