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No Pan Intended wins Messenger, claims triple crown

Sunday, October 19, 2003

By Pohla Smith, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Owner Bob Glazer gambled $35,000 in the form of a supplemental entry fee that his horse, No Pan Intended, could win the triple crown of pacing.

It paid off last night at The Meadows when No Pan Intended came home a 1 1/2-lengths winner in the $252,945 final of the Messenger Stakes, third leg of the series for 3-year-old pacers.

No Pan Intended became the 11th horse to sweep the crown and the first since Blissfull Hall in 1999. He won the Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey and the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County (Ohio) Fair Grounds last month. Afterward, Glazer promptly paid the fee necessary to make him eligible for the Messenger.

"He's such a sportsman to pay the $35,000," Drew Shubeck, general manager of The Meadows, said of Glazer, master of Peter Pan Stables and son of Mr. Coffee co-founder Sam Glazer.

No Pan Intended was quite the sportsman, too, turning back several challenges for driver David Miller despite covering the opening quarter-mile in 26 3/5 seconds. He covered the mile in 1:52 4/5.

"That was pretty hot," Miller said of the opening quarter.

Miller asked No Pan Intended to back off during the second quarter, and he rated nicely, hitting the half in 56 4/5 seconds, a break that left him strong for the finish.

"That was key," Miller said.

"David and No Pan Intended are made for each other," Glazer said. "That's [No Pan Intended's] trademark. He's professional. He does what he's got to do to get the job done."

The Globe finished second, and Whatanartist was third.

Now 14 of 17 for the year, No Pan Intended collected $126,472 in the Messenger to make him a millionaire with career earnings of $1,076,375.

No Pan Intended, the 2-5 favorite, got a break several hours before post time when trainer Des Tackoor scratched 3-1 second choice Allamerican Theory, winner of the $1 million Meadowlands Pace, because of lameness.

Not only did the scratch eliminate No Pan Intended's chief rival; it allowed him to move into the No. 7 starting post from the No. 8. No Pan Intended won his elimination a week ago from the 7 hole.

Tackoor said he discovered Allamerican Theory's problem when he tacked him up to go to the track Friday morning.

"He couldn't put any weight on his foot," Tackoor said. "We're pretty sure it's some kind of infection.

"Right now, we're going to evaluate it on a day-to-day basis and hope to have him ready for the Breeders Crown."

Eliminations for the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts are Nov. 22 with the final Nov. 29. Both are at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sixteen 3-year-olds have won two legs of the pacing crown, the most recent being Shady Character, who lost the Messenger at The Meadows in 1998. The Messenger, which is being moved to Yonkers Raceway next year, was the richest of 11 stake races on a 15-race card worth more than $880,000.


Pohla Smith can be reached at psmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1228.

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