Trixton and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter breezed to a six length romp in winning their $30,000 elimination division of the Goodtimes Trotting Stake at Mohawk Raceway Friday as the three-year-old colt post his fourth straight harness racing victory.
In the first elimination division, race favorite Flyhawk El Durado and driver Yannick Gingras were able to grind out a victory by a diminishing three-quarters of a length after leading by four and three-quarters at the top of the stretch.
Sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite, Trixton wasted little time for Takter in taking control of the race. Harper Blue Chip (Sylvain Filion) left quickly from the outside in post nine and was able to take the early lead away from Dontcheatonmenow and driver Jack Moiseyev. But Takter was already on the move on the outside with Trixton.
Past the opening quarter mile in :28.2, Takter took control with Trixton as Filion was content to sit the two-hole trip. They went by the half mile marker in :57.2 with no one making any real challenge and then by the three-quarters in 1:26.1, Trixton held the field at bay.
As they came down the stretch, Takter never raised his whip but under gentle urging, Trixton pulled away from the field to win in 1:53.3. Harper Blue Chip was second with Speak The Truth (Tim Tetirck) third. Also making it to the $271,100 final next week were See The Wind (Brian Sears) in fourth and Pasadena Star (Randy Waples) fifth.
“He was just very powerful tonight,” said Jimmy Takter. “He’s a big horse and he has a very effective way of going and can cover a lot of ground. It took a little while to get him right. Big horses take a little longer to get their stride. He is just a fantastic horse. He will face tougher horses later on this season. But right now he is having a lot of fun.”
A winner now in four of his five starts this year, Trixton is a three-year-old colt by Muscle Hill and is owned by Brixton Medical Ab and Christina Takter. He paid just $2.10 to win.
To watch Trixton's race click here.
In the $30,000 first Goodtimes division, it was a Calvary charge for control of the lead as Il Sogno Dream (Tim Tetrick) left like a rocket from post nine to grab the quick lead with So Not Cool (Mario Baillargeon) also leaving from post ten and grabbing the two-hold spot but by the opening quarter mile in :27, Skates N Plates and driver Ron Pierce were the already on the lead.
Then it was the race favorite, Flyhawk El Durado and Gingras who started up first over as the pace quickened to the half in :56 and then the three-quarters in 1:25.2 but Flyhawk El Durado worn down Skates N Plates and by the top of the stretch had a commanding lead and then coasted home an easy winner in 1:54.1. Il sogno Dream was second with Verdi (Paul MacDonell) third and also making it to the final were Massacaia (Sylvain Filion) with Massive Talent (Jody Jamieson) fourth.
It was the second straight win and second victory on the year for Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall, who is trained by Jeffrey Gillis and is owned by Martin Sharf of Lawrence, NY. He paid $3.00 to win and his time of 1:54.1 was a lifetime mark.
To watch the race replay click here.
The field will line up as follows for next week's final as post positions have been drawn:
1) See The Wind
4) Flyhawk El Durado*
6) Massive Talent
7) Pasadena Star
8) Il Sogno Dream
9) Speak The Truth
10) Harper Blue Chip
AE) Raise The Curtain
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com