Twenty five harness racing rookie colt and
gelding trotters rolled into Mohawk Racetrack
Friday night to contest three Champlain Stakes
divisions. Weingartner, Guccio and Money On My
Mind took the top prize in each.
The first $101,671 division went to Weingartner
for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter.
clocked a :28.1 opening panel before Power Play
(Andy Miller) was pulled from the pocket. The
pair cleared to the front before the half in
:58.1 and held command past the three quarters
At the top of the stretch, Takter tipped
Weingartner out from the pocket to take the lead
halfway down the lane. The freshman got under
the wire in 1:55.4 with a four and a half length
lead over Leave Your Mark (Trevor Ritchie).
Power Play faded to third.
“He is a very quick horse and has a lot of
ability,” Takter said, following the win. “He is
a big horse and he is a ways from being fully
developed. He is a like a 14, 15-year-old that
is six-foot and hasn’t grown into his body yet.
He is a fantastic horse. We liked him early and
he just keeps getting better and better.”
Takter says his colt was able to settle on a
helmet, but as they turned for home he was ready
“In the last turn he was so full of trot I
was a little worried because he was a little
more anxious than I wanted him to be at that
spot,” he said. “When I tipped him out, he
actually ripped the bridle off me in the
stretch. I had plenty of horse left.”
The son of Donato Hanover-Inspired
Society has three wins, one second and one
third-place finish in seven lifetime starts and
boasts $281,689 in career earnings.
The colt’s biggest victory was the $400,000
Peter Haughton Memorial on August 6 at The
Weingartner, a $170,000 yearling at the 2010
Harrisburg, is owned by Toronto's John Fielding,
Louie Camara of Puslinch, Brixton Medical Ab, of
Sweden and Christina Takter of New Jersey.
The bay paid $7.80 to win as the second
Team Takter doubled up in the second $103,670
Champlain division with Guccio finding the
winner’s circle for the first time in a new
lifetime mark of 1:55.4.
With Takter in the
sulky, Guccio‘s stablemate, Nothing But Class
cut the first quarter in :28. Into the
backstretch, driver Marcus Johansson took Guccio
to the lead, but before he could clear,
Prestidigitator (Sylvian Filion) moved wide to
take command, clocking the half in :58.1 then
hitting the three quarter pole in 1:27.3.
As the freshmen turned for home, Guccio
converted from the pocket to score the victory
by one and three quarter lengths over
Prestidigitator with Mr Ridgetaker (Trevor
Ritchie) rounding out the triactor.
“He raced great,” Johansson said, following
the victory. “I knew he was a good horse, he is
just immature and he proved to me he was as good
as I thought he was.”
Johansson says the colt’s best quality is his
attitude, but only when he behaves.
“When he doesn’t behave his attitude works
against him,” he said. “The days where he does
behave, I can’t fault him on anything. It was a
great day, he felt like he could have gone on
for another lap.”
In five outings, the son of Yankee
Glide-Southern Senorita has one win and
one second-place finish. The maiden break score
lifts the colt’s career earnings to $57,085.
The bay, a $50,000 yearling purchase at the
Lexington Select sale, is also owned by
Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding.
Guccio paid $8.90 to win as the third choice.
Money On My Mind delivered as the 1-2 favourite
in the final $101,671 division for trainer Julie
Norway Hanover (Chris Christoforou)
hit the quarter pole in :28.3, but a parked out
Midfield Magic (Mike Saftic) was forced to make
a bid for the lead.
As Midfield Magic cleared to the front, Andy
Miller tipped out Money On My Mind from forth
and took command before the mid-way point in
:58, then cut the three quarters in :127.3.
The pair opened up an 11 and a quarter length
lead to stop the teletimer in 1:56.3. No Less
Than Magic (Scott Zeron) finished second and
Strike The Cheque (Ross Battin) was third.
“He felt really good when I moved him and
then he was just kind of on his own from there,”
said Andy Miller, following the win.
“He loves his job. He’s got a couple little
things where if he gets spooked or something he
might take off, but he is getting better all the
time about it.”
The son of Cantab Hall-Repititions
has three wins, two seconds and one third-place
finish in six lifetime outings. The two-year-old
gelding, a $62,000 yearling purchase at the
Harrisburg sale, now boasts $137,567 in career
earnings for Black Horse Racing of New Jersey.
The bay paid $3 to win.