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TAKTER CONQUERS DANCER AND MILLER TROTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 12, 2014 –It was a Takter Stable sweep in the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the fourth race on Saturday night, July 12, 2014 at the Meadowlands.

The trio – 2-5 Father Patrick, 6-1 Nuncio and 3-1 Trixton -- will be formidable competition when the top three-year-old trotters in North America meet in the $1.2 million Hambletonian on August 2 at the Meadowlands.

Father Patrick [$2.80, $2.20, $2.10] edged out Nuncio [Andover Hall] by three quarters of a length with Trixon [Muscle Hill] third by two lengths. All three are trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, who handled Trixton while Nuncio was driven by John Campbell.


Father Patrick


The mile was timed in 1:51.3, a fifth of a second off of the stakes record of 1:51.2 set by Little Brown Fox in 2012.

Yannick Gingras was at the lines of Father Patrick, who is unbeaten in six starts in 2014 and the winner of 16 of 17 lifetime with one second. He improved his earnings to $1,246,988 for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ.

“He can race from the back, and is probably better, but I didn’t want to get caught in traffic,” said Gingras. “He’s a perfect horse. I’ve been dreaming about [the Hambletonian] since last August 3.”

A race later, the Takter trained Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover, trotted a 1:53 mile to take the $213,500 Del Miller Memorial for three-year-old trotting fillies.


Shake It Cerry


Ron Pierce was at the lines of the Solveig’s Racing Partners homebred who has won five of six this year and 13 of 17 lifetime, pushing her earnings over the $1 million mark.

Shake It Cerry finished a length and a quarter ahead of Heaven’s Door who edged out Designed To Be.

“At the half, I thought I stole the race,” said Pierce. “I stepped on the gas in the lat half. Today, she got the good work out and is coming well into the {Hambletonian] Oaks.”

SANDBETWEENURTOES TAKES MISTLETOE SHALEE

The veteran training team of brothers Ray and Larry Remmen were in the winner’s circle of the $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee for three-year-old pacing fillies with Sandbetweenurtoes [$5.40, $3.60, $2.60] keeping her perfect 2014 record intact with a 1:49.3 mile. She is now six-for-six this year and six for seven lifetime.


Sandbetweenurtoes


It was a tight finish with Sandbetweenurtoes, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, winning by a neck over Weeper with Table Talk third by a half-length.

“This filly has been awesome, doing it easy in the hand-holds,” said winning driver Brett Miller. “My strategy was to go down the road. The Remmens have done a great job with her.”

She races for Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario and has banked more than $170,000.

“She’s pretty special,” said Ray Remmen. “She has lots of heart. She came to us ready-made [from trainer Tony Alagna in May].”

ROCKLAMATION SETS STAKES RECORD IN GOLDEN GIRLS

Rocklamation got up for a three-quarter length victory over Drop The Ball in the $178,450 Golden Girls for free for all pacing mares in the seventh race. She paced the mile in a stakes record 1:48.3.

It was a length back to Jerseylicious in third.

Rocklamation, the New Jersey-sired daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, returned $26.80, $9.80, $6.40.


Rocklamation


The Ron Burke trainee has banked pushed her earnings over $2 million for the Our Horse Cents Stables, Stables 45 and J&T Silva Stables.

“I left hard and was lucky enough to land fifth,” said winning driver Gingras. “She’s a hard-knocking filly, a sweetheart.”

SWEET LOU SNAGS WR HAUGHTON MEMORIAL

Sweet Lou, sent off as the even-money favorite, extended his winning streak to six in the $463,300 William Haughton Memorial for free for all pacers, the eighth race.

Ron Pierce was at the lines as they crossed the wire a length and a quarter winner over Bettor’s Edge in a 1:47.1 mile, a fifth of a second off the stakes record. It was two and a half lengths to Captaintreacherous in third.

Both Sweet Lou and Bettor’s Edge are trained by Ron Burke.

Sweet Lou picked up his sixth win from nine starts this year and his 28th win in 64 career starts.


Sweet Lou


The five-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura and has earned near $2.8 million.

BEE A MAGICIAN COLLECTS MISS VERSATILITY

Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, got her first win of the year by capturing the third leg of the Miss Versatility Series by a neck over Charmed Life in 1:51.1. D’Orsay was third.

Classic Martine took the early lead before Maven used a three-wide move on the backstretch to reach the top spot in a :55.2 opening half mile. Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears found a second-over trip behind D’Orsay, taking the front in mid-stretch and holding off a fast-closing Charmed Life.

Bee A Magician, who was 17-for-17 last season, had three second-place finishes among four starts prior to the Miss Versatility. She has won 28 of 35 career races for owners Mel Hartmann, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, and trainer Nifty Norman.

--Photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.


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