Columbus, Ohio – Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter says his two colts, Sunfire Blue Chip and Rockin Amadeus will be giving their all in the $552,551 Little Brown Jug tomorrow at the Delaware Fair Grounds, but he wishes Sunfire Blue Chip would be happier about it.
“He just misses not being home,” Takter said. “It’s nothing to be concerned about. He has done this before when he has to travel on the road to race. He does not eat all his feed and seems to be unhappy, but once he goes on the track he knows it is time to race.”
Sunfire Blue Chip sports six wins in 12 starts this year for the Takter Stable and over the past few months has yet to finish worse than third while racing against the best three-year-olds in the sport. He has won more than $448,000 this year and has shown the ability to win either on the lead or coming from behind. He is the 2-1 morning line favorite in his 15th race third elimination division of the Little Brown Jug.
“I know he will race well,” Takter said. “And I have no worries about going a second heat with each of my horses.”
While Sunfire Blue Chip might be a little sour being away from home, Talkter says that Rockin Amadeus is the total opposite.
“He is always feeling good and frisky,” Takter said. “Look how he pins his ears back when I want him to come over to me. He knows he went out already today and does not want to make things easy. So I just leave him alone.”
While only 4 of the 19 horses in the Little Brown Jug have raced on a half mile track this season, Rockin Amadeus is one of the four. In fact in his last start he raced against older horses at Yonkers Raceway’s half mile oval and Rockin Amadeus with Yannick Gingras driving, wired the field in 1:53.1, the last quarter mile in :27.3.
“He is ready to go,” Takter said. “I look for him to do very well. It would be great to have both my horses in the Jug final. That’s what we came here for!
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com