Anderson, IN – Uncle Peter became harness racing’s newest million dollar winner and in doing so also became the fastest trotter ever in Indiana scoring a track record head victory over Market Share in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic Saturday in 1:52.3.
Driven by harness racing’s newest member of the Living Hall of Fame, Dave Miller, Uncle Peter got away in third place at the start of the tenth race Free-For-All trot. Wishing Stone (Yannick Gingras) was the early leader with Arch Madness (Peter Wrenn) right on his back from the start with Uncle Peter leaving for Dave Miller but luckily being able to drop into third place by the opening quarter mile in :27.
They raced by the half mile in :56.1 before the action began to heat up. Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick came first-over in the backstretch and starting working their way towards the leaders with Guccio (Jimmy Takter) getting cover second-over. Uncle Peter was still sitting in third place along the rail and trapped for the moment.
By the three-quarters in 1:25.2, Market Share had collared Wishing Stone and took over the lead and the first five horses began to have separation from the rest of the field and that was what Uncle Peter needed.
As they trotted down the long Hoosier Park stretch, Market Share looked to have the race in hand but Miller kept urging Uncle Peter on and with every stride they gained ground and just caught Market Share at the wire. My MVP (Ron Pierce) was third.
With the winner’s share of the purse at $115,000, Uncle Peter now sports career earnings of $1,023,636. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall is trained by Jimmy Takter and is co-owned by Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Ab, John & Jim Fielding and G.C. Falk. It was his fourth win this year. Sent off at odds of 6-1, Uncle Peter paid $15.40 to win.
“He has been racing great,” Dave Miller said. “He hits the board every start and tonight he finally got there. I left hoping to get away from a few of them and it worked out very well. I landed third and was pretty happy. At the head of the stretch I might have thought I had too much ground to make up. When I got him out he really gave me a good charge. I didn’t know if I had it. I knew I was getting close. Then in the last few steps I knew he had got there.”
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com