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Messenger Stakes: History calls No Pan Intended

Friday, October 17, 2003

By Pohla Smith, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Bob Glazer owns some 200 harness horses -- the number changes almost daily -- that require a lot of management. This week, one particular horse has made it hard for the squire of Peter Pan Stables to keep his mind on business: No Pan Intended.

The 3-year-old colt is one race away from becoming just the 10th horse to sweep the triple crown of pacing. Winner of the Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey and the Little Brown Jug in Ohio last month, No Pan Intended must win the $421,575 Messenger Stakes tomorrow night at The Meadows. He'll be driven by David Miller.

The last horse to complete the sweep was Blissful Hall in 1999.

Glazer, son of Mr. Coffee co-founder Sam Glazer, cried after winning the Jug in his native state. Then he quickly put up the $35,000 required to make No Pan a supplemental entry in the Messenger.

"Of course, I'm excited," Glazer said. "But I'm just trying to keep it all in perspective, trying not to focus on it too much."

And so he has kept busy this week, doing what a big-time harness horse owner does this time of year -- attending yearling sales, visiting breeding farms to look at other foals available for purchase, keeping in touch with the handful of trainers who handle his racing stock.

Glazer said trainer Ivan Sugg has tried to maintain the status quo for No Pan Intended.

"[No Pan Intended] has been on the same schedule as he's had most of the year," Glazer said.

Though the colt has won 13 of 16 starts and earned $834,020 this year, No Pan Intended faces a tough challenge, and not just from his seven opponents.

`"The draw makes it onerous for No Pan Intended," Glazer said.

The colt drew the extreme outside starting position. And there are other challenges.

"First of all, the Meadows is a different kind of track than the Cane and the Little Brown Jug," Glazer said.

The Meadows track is five-eighths of a mile of all-weather stone dust; the Delaware County Fair Grounds, home of the Jug, is a half-mile, clay track, and the Freehold track is a half-mile all-weather stone dust track.

The Jug meant an out-of-the-ordinary race during daylight hours as opposed to harness racing's usual night cards.

As for the challengers in the field, Glazer said, "It isn't like you're just racing one horse. It's seven. And if history has shown us anything, it's that on any given day, any given horse can win."

Allamerican Theory is, arguably, the second-most-accomplished horse in the field as winner of the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. Last week in the Messenger eliminations, however, he finished second by a head to 28-1 longshot Iced Yankee, who has seven wins this season and a second in the prestigious Oliver Wendell Holmes Stake in August.

Post will be approximately 10:30 p.m. The race can be seen on HRTV.The field, from the rail, with drivers: 1, Whatanartist, Dave Palone; 2, Art's Chip, Mark Evers; 3, Iced Yankee, Richard Silverman; 4, The Globe, Brian Sears; 5, Coastocoast Yankee, Mike Wilder; 6, Make A Success, Dick Stillings; 7, Allamerican Theory, Andy Miller; and 8, No Pan Intended, David Miller.

Post will be approximately 10:30 p.m. The race can be seen on HRTV.

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