Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Uffizi Hanover turned a second-over trip into a three-quarter length victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly pacers in 1:52.1 Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
USTA/Mark Hall photo Uffizi Hanover scored a three-quarter length victory in the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace on Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
When Precocious Beauty began to tire at the top of the stretch, Allstar Rating shot up the rail, but Uffizi Hanover was in the midst of a successful three-wide sweep to get the win, followed by Beach Body and Southwind Silence from off the pace.
Trainer Jimmy Takter picked up his second consecutive Breeders Crown trophy after winning the 2-year-old cott Trot final with Father Patrick. The $100,000 yearling purchase was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and co-owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, who also co-owned Father Patrick.
“I’m flying high,” said Goldband. “We had high hopes for Father Patrick. We had good hopes for this filly and she just came through. She had a perfect trip and we are just absolutely delighted.”
Miller is being inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in July 2014, most likely by giving trips like these on the biggest stages.
“It was a second-over trip and she had cover right there coming off the last turn and she fired home,” he said. “I liked her chances a lot. She was good last week, but she was a little bit rough. Jimmy took care of that and it was all systems go.”
Owner Katz gave a special thanks to Takter’s son in the winner’s circle after the race.
“I want to say special thanks to J.J., Jimmy’s son, who drove her all summer for us,” he said. “He did the dirty work and helped her develop. He really deserves a lot of the credit.”
Uffizi Hanover, who now has two wins and five seconds in 11 lifetime starts, good for $361,390 in purse earnings, paid $10.20 to win as the third wagering choice.