Jamieson drives Up The Credit to victory in Pepsi North America Cup

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. – Jody Jamieson came through for his father Saturday night.

Jamieson drove Up The Credit to a one-length victory in the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. The win was the second in this event for Jamieson – he was first in ’07 with Tell All – but more importantly, he earned his father, Carl, Up The Credit’s trainer and a part-owner of the horse, his first career win in the world’s richest pacing event.

“It’s unbelievable,” an emotional Jody Jamieson said afterwards. “All I can say is, ‘Happy Father’s Day,’ dad.

“You did such a great job. It’s just unbelievable how much he has worked. I just want to show all the fans here . . . this is the 2011 Pepsi North America Up champion right here. Take a good look.”

The victory was a crowning achievement for Carl Jamieson, 60, himself a very accomplished horseman.

He recorded over 1,360 career wins and $6.3 million in earnings as a driver. As a trainer, the native of Pugwash, N.S., who now calls Princeton, Ont., home, has amassed over 900 career victories and over $20 million in prize money.

But the elder Jamieson left little doubt that Saturday’s win was the biggest of his illustrious career.

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“This means everything,” he said. “This is a new career moment for me.

“It’s surreal to win a race like this . . . it’s just great to have a special moment like this with the family. I thought we had an ace in the hold to have Jody driving him.

“But nothing bothers this horse, he just loves being here. He loves his job . . . and he can go fast.”

Jody Jamieson has successfully followed in his father’s footsteps. The 34-year-old has registered over 5,800 career victories and $79 million in earnings and twice has been named Canada’s top driver.

Up The Credit, a $72,000 yearling purchase, earned his fourth straight win and fifth in six starts this year to boost his season earnings past $880,000. Overall, the son of Western Terror has seven victories in 11 career starts and won over $920,000.

Heady stuff, indeed, for a horse that had issues with lameness last year.

“He is just an amazing horse,” Jody Jamieson said. “I said at the draw I thought my horse could go any way.

“He could go on the lead, first over, second over, it didn’t matter. I just needed to have a little bit of luck and make sure he was good. Dad had him great all week and the horse was fabulous.”

Added Carl Jamieson: “I honestly thought I was the horse to beat. I thought he was the best horse in the race.”

Up The Credit claimed the $750,000 winner’s share in 1:49.3 on a fast track. Roll With Joe was second in the 10-horse field, followed by Big Jim.

Randy Waples, the driver for Roll With Joe, was content with the second-place finish.

“Everytime you finish second you think there is something you could have done to win,” Waples said. “I was hoping at some point I could get my horse back on the front because I thought he was ready to go a big mile on the front right now.

“At the end of the day, I couldn’t be happier.”

Up The Credit, the 2/1 second choice, paid $6.60, $4.20 and $3.20 while Roll With Joe returned $9.60 and $6.80. Big Jim, a 5/1 pick, paid $4.40.

Big Jim, last year’s champion two-year-old colt pacer in both Canada and the U.S., finished out of the winner’s circle for the third straight start. But the first two of those losses were at 1-9 odds.

The remainder of the field, in order of finish, include: Foreclosure N; Big Bad John, the 9/5 favourite; Powerful Mist; Eighteen; Shadyshark Hanover; Rockabillie; and Dutch Richman.

Shadyshark Hanover came into the race as the field’s second-leading money and was a second-place finisher to Big Jim last year in both the Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup. But trainer Erv Miller couldn’t hide his disappointment with Saturday’s result.

“I was very disappointed with him tonight,” Miller said. “Sometime has got to be wrong with him.

“There is no way he should put in an effort like that.”

On the undercard, Crys Dream captured the $519,000 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters in a stakes record time of 1:53.2.

Crys Dream, the 1-5 favourite, returned $2.70, $2.10 and $2.10 while second-place finisher Beatgoeson Hanover was 2 1/2 lengths behind, paying $3.50 and $2.60. Lady Rainbow paid $3.90 in third.

Blue Porsche, the 3/5 favourite, captured the $347,000 Goodtimes Stakes for three-year-old colt trotters in 1:54.2, returning $3.20, $2.50 and $2.50.

Sim Brown, an 11-1 pick, paid $6.60 and $5.20 in second while Onrique, a 60-1 longshot, returned $14.40 in third.

Won The West raised eyebrows in the $100,000 Mohawk Cup, winning in a stunning 1:47.2, tying the fastest mile ever paced in Canada and an all-age track record.

As expected, See You At Peelers continued her winning ways in the $601,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. See You At Peelers registered her 18th straight victory to remain unbeaten.

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