EXCEPTIONALLY-BRED freshman Father Nuno made a perfect debut at The Meadows last night.
A brother to dual Pacer of The Year and top stallion Captaintreacherous, Father Nuno captured a $183,242 Pennsylvania Sires Stake.
The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over three divisions, with Adriano Hanover and Cattlewash also taking splits.
Captaintreacherous earned $3.14million and has emerged as one of harness racing’s most fashionable young stallions.
With those credentials, owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere parted with $360,000 to purchase Father Nuno, which they renamed after their family’s priest.
The youngster looked the part as he followed cover for David Miller before out sprinting the well-supported Rockin The Blaze to defeat him by a head in 1:52.4. Lou’s Sweetrevenge earned show.
“He’s shown all along that he’s got that engine in there,” Miller said. “I love where he’s at right now.
“He’s got that mental attitude like, he goes, but he’s not busting his doing it. It’s still in there.”
The Albatross was rich with regally bred youngsters, and Adriano Hanover is no slouch in that department.
The Western Ideal colt, owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III, is out of A And G’s Confusion, a world champion and Dan Patch Award winner which banked more than $1.47million.
Cattlewash, with Matt Kakaley, earned stake honors with his 1:52.1 victory which may have been facilitated by his stablemate, The Greek Freak, which backed the half down to 57 second, but couldn’t maintain a steady gait and lost ground while trying to straighten.
Territory was second, beaten five lengths, while Moneyman Hill completed the ticket.
William Donovan owns the winner, a son of Somebeachsomewhere.