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TAKTER TAKES HAMBLETONIAN-OAKS DOUBLE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – August 8, 2015 -- For the second year in the row, Jimmy Takter pulled off the Hambletonian Oaks - Hambletonian training double.
This year, he accomplished the feat with Wild Honey and Pinkman.
Pinkman held off Mission Brief for a three-quarters of a length winning margin in the $1 million Hambletonian, the 90th edition of the trotting classic for three-year-olds.
Pinkman wins Hambletonian over Mission Brief.
It was a battle of the two-year-old divisional champions and heat winners as the gelding, Pinkman, defeated the filly Mission Brief in the final. It was the 11th race on the 16-race card on Saturday, August 8, 2015, closing day at the Meadowlands.
The 1:51 flat mile was a three-year-old gelding world record.
Takter won the 2014 Oaks with Lifetime Pursuit and 2014 Hambletonian with Trixton. Takter also won the Hambletonian with Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997.
Brian Sears, who picked up the drive when Yannick Gingras qualified both first heat winners and opted for Mission Brief, also won the Hambletonian in 2009 with Muscle Hill and 2013 with Royalty For Life.
The winning partnership include Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Herb Liverman and Joyce McClelland.
“Opportunity knocked,” Sears said of obtaining the assignment behind Pinkman despite qualifying two others – Wings of Royalty and Habitat. “It was great they gave me the call. What a pleasure the horse was to drive. You’re always a little nervous the first time you drive a horse in race like that, but he was pretty much push button.”
Mission Brief winning her Hambletonian elim.
“I tried to tell him, you’re making a great mistake,” Takter said of his conversation with Gingras. “And I was right. Pinkman is just such a fighter. He’s not impressive, but he gets it done every time.”
“She raced really good,” said Ron Burke, the trainer of Mission Brief. “If things shook out a little differently, the result might be different. She was the only one still going forward at the wire. She really gave it her all.”
Pinkman winning his Hambletonian elim.
Finishing third was Uncle Lasse, one of the four Takter trainees that advanced to the final. Stablemate The Bank was fourth and French Laundry was eighth.
Wild Honey provided Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter with his fifth win in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and second straight for driver Yannick Gingras, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Rules Of The Road with Bright Baby Blues in third.
Wild Honey captures the Hambletonian Oaks.
It was a personal best for the Cantab Hall filly who trotted the mile in 1:52.2. She has been first or second in six of seven starts this year. The three-year-old trotting filly picked up her 13th win in 19 career starts and banked more than $838,000 for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding.
“This little filly overcame her size,” Takter said. “She’s not a very big filly but she’s got a big heart. She gives her all every time.”
The 12th race Oaks Final was the fifth victory of the day for Gingras.
2nd Race – Jim Doherty Memorial
The $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial for two-year-old trotting fillies, formerly the Merrie Annabelle, was decided by a photo with 1-9 Broadway Donna winning by a nose over 35-1 Kathy Parker in 1:54.2.
Broadway Donna takes the Doherty Memorial
Owned and bred by Fashion Farms, Broadway Donna is by Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover and out of a Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner.
"She fought off the horse coming up the inside," said winning trainer Jim Campbell, who trained the dam.
David Miller drove his fourth Merrie Annabelle/Doherty winner.
Broadway Donna is unbeaten in six career starts.
Jimmy Takter traineees - Kathy Parker and Sunset Glider were second and third, respectively.
3rd Race – Lady Liberty
Anndrovette kept trying until she won $251,250 Lady Liberty.
She was third in 2012 and second in both 2013 and 2014. The eight-year-old daughter of Riverboat King, sent off at 5-2, paced the mile and an eighth in 2:04.1, winning by a length and a quarter ahead of Table Talk.
Anndrovette wins the Lady Liberty
Jeffrey Bamond Jr., the trainer of Anndrovette, also harnessed Venus Delight who was third by a length an three quarters.
Anndrovette, bred by Golden Touch Stable, has banked more than $3.4 million for Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ and Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ.
"I wanted to be in control," winning driver Tim Tetrick said of his strategy. "When she's on her game, she's one of the toughest horses I've driven. I race her hard all the time, and she keeps coming back."
4th Race – US Pacing Championship
State Treasurer ($6.60) provided driver David Miller with his second stakes win, capturing the $215,400 US Pacing Championship in 1:47 flat, finishing three and a quarter lengths ahead of Doo Wop Hanover, who edged out Foiled Again.
State Treasurer wins the US Pacing Championship
Ian Moore trains the six-year-old son of Real Desire, bred by Brittany Farms. He is owned by Sally Macdonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island, and Paul Macdonald of Toronto, Ontario.
5th Race – John Cashman Memorial
Flanagan Memory ($21), with Brian Sears driving, was a three-length winner over Gural Hanover in the $301,500 John Cashman Memorial in 2:05.4 for the mile and an eighth. Obrigado was third by four and a quarter lengths.
Cashman winner Flanagan Memory
Co-owned by trainer Rene Dion and Luette Flanagan of Quebec, the five-year-old son of Kadabra has banked more than $800,000 with wins in 13 of 44 career starts.
6th Race – Fresh Yankee
D'One, driven by Orjan Kihlstrom and trained by Roger Walmann, won her USA debut by one-length over 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician in the $181,450 Fresh Yankee for trotting mares.
She covered the mile and an eighth in 2:05 in the inaugural edition of the stakes.
The inaugural Fresh Yankee goes to D'One
D'One, racing for Stall Kenny of Varmoo, Sweden, paid $31.40. The five-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover improved her record to 16 wins in 29 career starts and earnings of more than $975,000.
7th Race – Peter Haughton Memorial
New Jersey Sire Stakes Champion Southwind Frank marked himself as a top prospect for next year's Hambletonian, winning the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:53.4, only two-fifths of a second off the stakes record.
New Jersey Sires Stakes Champion Southwind Frank wins the Peter Haughton Memorial
Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke trainee to a two and a quarter length victory over Brooklyn Hill.
The top two finishers are both sons of Muscle Hill.
Earn And Burn was third by two and three quarters.
Southwind Frank, bred by Southwind Farm of Pennington, NJ, has now won four of five starts. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, Southwind Frank, the 3-5 favorite, has banked $236,180 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables LLC.
11th Race – Cane Pace
Jersey-breds finished 1-2 in the $319,400 Cane Pace in a stakes record 1:47.3, Dealt A Winner by Cam's Card Shark won at 26-1 with Artspeak by Western Ideal in second.
Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner
Dude's The Man was third, surviving an inquiry, Meadowlands Pace winner Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 1-5 favorite, was pressed and tested by In The Arsenal, fading to fourth and triggering double-digit payoffs.
Dealt A Winner, driven by David Miller and trained by Mark Silva for Jeffrey Snyder of New York City, picked up his first win of the year in his eighth start of 2015.
Lifetime, he has six wins, two seconds and two thirds in 14 starts for earnings of $363,939.
The three-year-old gelding won the opening leg of the pacing Triple Crown which was making its first appearance at the Meadowlands.
He was a one and a quarter length winner.
He paid $55.60, $19.20, $56.80.
14th Race – Shady Daisy
Stacia Hanover [$22] rallied for a length and a half win over the duo of Bettor Be Steppin and Divine Caroline, who dead-heated for second, in the $109,500 Shady Daisy for three-year-old pacing fillies.
Scott Zeron drove for trainer Steve Elliott and owners David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaaglio.
The time of the race was 1:49.2, a stakes record.
The Meadowlands announced an attendance of 21,968 and on-track wagering of $1,320,325 toward a North American handle of $6,701,866.
Live harness racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday, November 13, 2015. The Meadowlands will also host a thoroughbred turf meet, starting on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
--All photos courtesy of Lisa Photo Inc.
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