Milton, ON — Elimination winners Workin Ona Mystery and Bettor’s Wish will start Saturday’s C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers from posts four and three, respectively, after their connections selected their starting spots Tuesday at the event’s post-position draw luncheon and media conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Workin Ona Mystery, trained by Brian Brown, won his elimination by 1-1/4 lengths over Captain Victorious in 1:49 last weekend. He had the honor of the first choice for post position, with Brown making the selection.
Bettor’s Wish, trained by Chris Ryder, won his elim by one length over De Los Cielos Deo in 1:49.3. Assistant trainer Chantal Mitchell made the post choice.
The post positions for the remaining eight horses in the field were drawn randomly. Last year’s Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch drew post eight. The returning O’Brien Award winner Stag Party got post 10.
Following is the field for the North America Cup, with drivers and trainers from the eliminations.
1-Aflame Hanover–Andy McCarthy–Linda Schadel
2-De Los Cielos Deo–David Miller–Ron Burke
3-Bettor’s Wish–Dexter Dunn–Chris Ryder
4-Workin Ona Mystery–Tim Tetrick–Brian Brown
5-Captain Victorious–Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke
6-Tyga Hanover–Sylvain Filion–Ben Baillargeon
7-Best In Show–Bob McClure–Linda Toscano
8-Captain Crunch–Scott Zeron–Nancy Johansson
9-Hurrikane Emperor–Dan Dube–John McDermott
10-Stag Party–Brian Sears–Casie Coleman