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Takter finishes 1,2,3 in Stanley Dancer Memorial

01:27 PM 13 Jul 2014 NZST
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In the winner's circle from left to right with Father Patrick are Myron Bell, Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer and co-owner Marvin Katz, who was celebrating his birthday.
Father Patrick and driver Yannick Gingras
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Shake It Cerry wins the Del Miller Memorial Trot
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Takter’s Shake It Cerry wins $213,500 Del Miller Memorial

Master harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter put on a clinic as the three horses from his stable finished first, second and third in the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot for three-year-olds at the Meadowlands Saturday.

Father Patrick, driven by Yannick Gingras, remains unbeaten in 2014 with his sixth straight victory.

They were able to take the early lead away from stable mate Nincio (John Campbell) after the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Then led the field to the half mile in :56 and the three-quarters in 1:24.3. At that point trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt came first-over with Muscle Network and Trixton, also from the Takter Stable, was in perfect position second-over for driver Jimmy Takter.

As they started down the stretch, Muscle Network went off-stride but it did not matter as no one was going to catch Father Patrick as he trotted true to the wire, winning by one length in 1:51.3 over Nuncio with Trixton third.

“He may be a little better following other horses,” Said Gingras about Father Patrick, “But he had the out post nine tonight and the last thing I wanted was to get stuff behind some traffic. I knew that Nuncio was on my back and a took a quick look back and saw Trixton was getting a good trip. There was no excuse for anybody. My horse won straight up.”

Sired by Cantab Hall, Father Patrick is now the big favorite for the $1.5 million Hambletonian. Three years ago Gingras won the Meadowlands Pace but has yet to win a Hambletonian

“I’ve been dreaming about winning the Hambletonian since August 3 last year,” Gingras said. “I want to get it done and I have the horse to do it with.  Hopefully he will be this good on August 2.”

Owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick paid $2.80 to win.

Father Patrick

Takter’s Shake It Cerry wins $213,500 Del Miller Memorial

Trainer Jimmy Takter did it again as his Shake It Cerry reclaimed her spot as the top three-year-old trotting filly in the nation as she won the $213,500 Del Miller Memorial Trot in 1:53.

With Hall of Famer Ron Pierce in the sulky, Shake It Cerry left from post seven and worked her way against Heaven’s Door (Ake Svanstedt) to take command as Cooler Schooler (John Campbell) made a break on the first turn and had to leave the course and go in the infield.

Once on the lead, Shake It Cerry and Heaven’s Door started to pull away from the field past the half mile in :57.4 and the three-quarters in 1:25.2. As Scream And Shout (Jimmy Takter) came first over, Shake It Cerry then picked up speed and opened up on the field in the stretch, backing it off at the finish to win by one length. Heaven’s Door was second with Designed To Be (Brian Sears) third.

“She is every good now,” said driver Ron Pierce of Shake It Cerry. “I knew after the half mile that I had just stolen the race. When I saw we had our own way at the half mile I looked and saw Brian’s horse (Designed To Be) so I figured I better step on the gas. She is now coming into the Hambletonian Oaks in perfect shape.”

Sired by Donato Hanover, it was the fifth win in six starts this year for Shake It Cerry. Trained by Jimmy Takter, she is owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ and paid a generous $9.60 to win.

Shake It Cerry

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