2017 RACE DATES
MEADOWLANDS - Post Time 7:15pm
March 17 - August 5, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays
September 8 - September 16, 2017
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November 17 - December 2, 2017
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December 7 - December 30, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
FREEHOLD - Post Time 12:30pm
September 1 - December 9, 2017
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Special Race Day Monday September 4, 2017
December 28 - December 30, 2017
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TAKTER SWEEPS 2YO COLT TROT ELIMS; QUALIFIES ALL FIVE STARTERS
MANALAPAN, NJ – November 15, 2014 – Jimmy Takter trainees Pinkman and French Laundry swept the two $25,000 Breeders Crown Eliminations for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday night, November 15, 2014 at the Meadowlands.
All five Takter Stable entrants advance to next week’s $500,000 Breeders Crown Final.
In the first of two elims, carded as the second race at the Meadowlands, Pinkman withstood the deep stretch challenge of Habitat to win by a half-length in 1:54.1.
It was a Jimmy Takter exacta as he trains the top two finishers along with Walter White, who was fifth and also made the cut.
Pinkman was driven by Yannick Gingras while Takter was at the lines of The Bank.
It was a length and a half to Guess Whos Back, a New Jersey-sired son of Muscles Yankee, and Habitat, who deadheated for third, earning spots in the final.
Pinkman, who won the Valley Victory at Woodbine, now has five wins and one second in seven starts. The bay gelding by Explosive Matter was a $77,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase who has earned nearly $317,000. He races in the names of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. He was bred by O Narutac Equine Nursery.
“His attitude wasn’t what Jimmy wanted, but when they castrated him, he turned around,” noted Perry Soderberg, a bloodstock agent and member of Team Takter.
In the second division, the fourth race, New Jersey-sired French Laundry, a son of Muscles Yankee, held on to win by a head over 6-5 favorite Muscle Diamond, who was closing the gap in the 1:55.1 mile.
Suit And Tie was third by a length and a half. Piercewave Hanover and the Takter-trained Uncle Lasse were fourth and fifth, respectively, earning spots in the final.
French Laundry, driven by Brett Miller, was sent off at odds of 7-2 and collected his seventh win of the year. He has finished in the money in nine of 11 starts, including a victory in the $240,500 Kindergarten Final, and has earned $253,119 for the partnership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and his breeders, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. He passed through the Lexington Selected Sale for $115,000.
5TH RACE: ALWAYS B MIKI EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO FIVE IN 3YO PACE ELIM
Always B Miki, the 1-2 favorite in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown Eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, held off a trio of challengers to win by a neck over JK Endofanera in 1:50 flat in the fifth race.
Always B Miki
Let’s Drink On It was a length back in third, edging out Somesizesomestyle. Luck Be Withyou finished fourth for the last spot.
Always B Miki, driven by David Miller and trained by Joe Holloway, extended his winning streak to five and now has 12 wins and four seconds in 19 starts this year, finishing in-the-money in 25 of 31 career starts.
The son of Always A Virgin, who was trained by Holloway, has earned $929,866 for Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable, who is also his breeder.
“He’s been real sharp, and when I asked him, he took off,” said Miller.
7TH RACE: LIMELIGHT BEACH IS GATE-TO-WIRE WINNER
Limelight Beach, the Little Brown Jug winner, held off McWicked’s stretch challenge to take the second Breeders Crown Elimination for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the seventh race.
Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere tossed in a final quarter of 26.3 to complete a 1:49.3 mile and hold on for a half-length victory.
Doo Wop Hanover, the New Jersey-sired son of Rocknroll Hanover, was third by two and a quarter lengths. Also advancing were Somestarsomewhere and Capital Account.
Limelight Beach, sent off at odds of 4-5, has five wins this year, finishing second eight times and third once out of 19 tries. Lifetime, he has finished in-the-money in 21 of 29 starts for $830,560.
Bred by Gregory Martin, Limelight Beach was a $25,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase. He races in the names of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC and Wingfield Brothers.
POST POSITIONS DRAWN FOR 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS TROT
4-Suit And Tie
7-Guess Whos Back
8TH RACE: GO DADDY GO WINS STRETCH DUEL IN 2YO COLTS & GELDINGS PACE
Go Daddy Go, a stunning chestnut, survived a stretch duel with Lost For Words to win the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the eighth race.
John Campbell guided Go Daddy Go, the 5-2 second choice, to the neck victory in a career best 1:51.1.
Go Daddy Go
Franzo was third by a half-length with Sicily and Soto also advancing.
Trainer-breeder Robert McIntosh, co-owns Go Daddy Go with Dave Boyle.
“He’s been a nice colt since Day 1,” said Hall of Famer McIntosh, who also raced the sire, Ponder. “Ponder was double tough. I mostly race homebreds. I guess I like my home cooking. He was my pick of the litter when we brought them in from the field.”
Go Daddy Go now has four wins, four seconds and one third from 13 starts for earnings of $340,567.
10TH RACE: MAVEN BEATS THE BOYS IN OPEN TROT ELIMINATION
Maven, a two-time Breeders Crown winner and the only mare in the race, put away a field of nine boys in the $25,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot Elimination, the tenth race.
Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Maven was making her first start for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Herb Liverman, who paid $750,000 for her last week at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale.
What had not changed was her driver, Yannick Gingras, and her nose for the winner’s circle. She trotted the mile in 1:52.2 and held off the challenge of Your So Vain for a neck victory.
Flanagan Memory was third by two lengths.
The top six finishers advance to the Breeders Crown Final and the others to make the cut were Wishing Stone, Archangel and Arch Madness. Four trotters had byes: Commander Crowe, Intimidate and Market Share.
Maven, a five-year-old daughter of Glidemaster, now has four wins and two thirds in 12 starts this year but improved her career totals to 29 wins, eight seconds and three thirds from 52 starts. The victory pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $1.6 million mark.
“She was really sharp and felt like her old self,” Gingras said after the race. “The trip worked out but was not ideal coming from post 10. She was tired down the stretch but show how great she is.”
11TH RACE: TRACEUR HANOVER PULLS OFF UPSET IN 2YO COLT PACE ELIM
Traceur Hanover, who had been disqualified in the Matron and broke stride in the Governor’s Cup, got up in the final strides to win the second $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination, the 11th race.
In The Arsenal, the 3-5 favorite, did all the work, firing out of the 10-hole to take the lead with a 26.3 opening quarter and cutting the fractions, but he was passed within yards of the wire, finishing a length back in third.
Traceur Hanover, a son of Western Ideal and a 22-1 longshot, got up for the three-quarter length victory over Lyons Levi Lewis, who was second to In The Arsenal in the Matron Stakes.
Also making the cut were Cooperstown and Tomy Terror.
Traceur Hanover, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Corey Johnson, paced a lifetime best of 1:50.3, picking up his fourth win with three seconds and one third in 13 starts. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, he sold for $100,000 at the Harrisburg Sale.
Richard Berthiaume of Quebec owns Traceur Hanover, who has banked $162,225.
“Corey told me his best couple of starts were coming up this week and next week,” said Andy Miller. “I didn’t want to be first up, but he dragged me up. If he races like this, he has a good shot next week.”
--Photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.
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