Trixton and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter showed no mercy to his nine rivals in scoring a Canadian stakes record 1:51.3 victory in capturing the $272,100 final of the Goodtimes Trotting Series for three-year-olds at Mohawk Raceway Saturday.
It was the fifth straight win in six starts this year for the son of Muscle Hill, who opened up on the final turn and won by seven open lengths over Il Sogno Dream (Tim Tetrick) with Harper Blue Chip (Sylvain Filion) third.
The previous Canadian record for three-year-old trotters was set by another Jimmy Takter horse, Little Brown Fox, in 1:51.4 in 2012.
It was Flyhawk El Dorado and driver Yannick Gingras leaving out the gate and taking the early lead with Harper Blue Chip also on the move from post ten and settling into second place as they trotted to a fast opening quarter mile of :27 seconds.
But Takter bided his time and slowly came up with Trixton and then cut him loose as he took command of the race for good at the half mile marker in :55. He then led to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 before opening up for the romp.
“He felt pretty good,” Takter said. “The track was little bit loose and hard for him to get a hold of today. He had to work hard for it. It was fast in the beginning because everyone wanted to sit behind him. He had to work a bit to get where we wanted to be at the half.
“But great horses overcome things like that,” Takter said. “I have not asked everything of him yet. I did not pull the plugs on him. I know he is an honest horse and when someone comes at him he will put in another gear. He was bred to be a great horse and now he is showing the ability. To go in a track record on this track tonight is very good. Normally horses don’t go in track record time in the finals like that.
“Now he will get a couple of weeks off,” Takter said, “And then he will make his next start in the Stanley Dancer Series at the Meadowlands.”
Owned by Brixton Medical Ab of Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ, Trixton was sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite and paid $2.20 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com