While visiting Jimmy Takter’s stable Tuesday, I asked him about his Breeders Crown winners and what remained ahead for them this year.
Two-year-old colt trotter Father Patrick and 2-year-old filly pacer Uffizi Hanover are finished for the year, Takter said. He was uncertain about 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, but is leaning toward racing her.
Father Patrick ended his campaign with 10 wins in 11 starts and $744,057 in earnings. He is the No. 4-ranked horse in the current Top 10 and won nine times by one length or more. In fact, he won four times by five lengths or more.
Takter told me: “He’s not just a great horse -- he’s a super horse.”
“It’s nice to turn out a horse good and sound and look forward to his 3-year-old season,” Takter said. “He’s one of the best I’ve seen in my time over here. He’s just perfect. He was fussing around with his bit in the early stages and now he’s started to get confident. With every race he started to know he’s a good horse.”
Takter’s three Crown wins give him 18 for his career, the most of any trainer in the history of the series. He already was the leading money-winner, and pushed that total up to $8.3 million.
He won three trophies in 2012, equaling the record for a trainer in one year set by Bob McIntosh in 1993. And Takter did it again this season.
“It’s something you’re working hard for,” Takter said. “We’re buying quality horses and we’ve been able to take care of them and make them good horses. I was really proud of all my winners. They all raced super.
“Going in, I was pretty confident in Father Patrick that he would do well there. I even had high hopes for Shake It Cerry. I thought she was so-so in her elimination, so we did a couple of changes. I trained her back and felt I was lucky enough to get it right. Uffizi had been getting better and better. I told David (Miller) I thought he had a good shot with her. The trip worked out for her and she was really good that night.”
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