Less than two months ago, Bob McClure was wondering when he would drive again after being involved in an accident during a morning qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park. On Saturday (June 15) he’ll not only be active on Pepsi North America Cup night, he’ll have a drive in the million-dollar main event with pacing colt Best In Show.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said McClure. “I came back at the right time where I could get this drive and retain it. It should be fun…I’m looking forward to the whole card.”
After having been shuffled back to sixth, Best In Show (PP7, 15-1) made his way through the stretch in his Cup elim to finish third to Bettors Wish and punch his ticket to the Cup final.
“I was really happy with him; he didn’t get room until late, and even when he did get room he really didn’t know what to do. He finished up strong and that’s what you want in an elim. He got into the final and didn’t overexert himself.”
The son of Bettors Delight was raced moderately in lower conditions during his three-race freshman campaign. The Linda Toscano trainee has progressed during his five sophomore tilts to this point and has recorded 1:50.3 wins over both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Mohawk. The brown colt has raced to a record of 3-2-2 from his eight career starts and has banked $115,000 for Richard Young (Boca Raton, FL) and Joanne Young (Coconut Creek, FL). (Click here to watch/hide the video replay.)
“He’s only eight races deep; I think he’s learning every week and I think he’s a horse that a month from now will be even better.”
To watch the full interview with McClure and TROT Magazine’s Rachel Oenema from Tuesday’s 2019 Pepsi North America Cup draw, click the play button below.
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: