10/11/2014 8:42PM

Balmoral: Father Patrick cruises in American-National

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Father Patrick has won 21 of 25 career races.

It took less than one week for Father Patrick to get back into the win column. The Jimmy Takter trainee cruised to the front and had no anxious moments while equaling a track record in the American-National for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Balmoral Park on Saturday night.

Father Patrick left ahead of Odds On Amethyst and led the field past the quarter in 28 2/5. The pocket-sitting Odds On Amethyst would make a break well before the half leaving Father Patrick on an open lead.

With a soft half on the board in 57 2/5, driver Yannick Gingras asked his charge for a touch of speed and the two-time millionaire sprinted the third and fourth quarters in 27 2/5 and 27 3/5 to win the $203,000 race with ease in 1:52 2/5.

E L Titan followed cover to be a clear second ahead of Rompaway Galaxy.

“There was not much speed and we were able to control the race,” said Gingras. “It was a walk in the park.”

Owned by the Father Patrick Stable, the winner scored for the 11th time in 14 starts this year and returned $2.20 to win while attracting $105,315 of the $112,535 show pool wagering.

Trotting filly showdown

The marque match-up between elite 3-year-old trotting fillies Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit hardly developed in their $150,000 American-National. Shake It Cerry was allowed to set soft fractions and sprinted home for a new track and stakes record.

Shake It Cerry was fast off the gate and took command from Lifetime Pursuit. The two trotted single-file past the first three fractions of 28 1/5, 57 3/5, and 1:25 3/5 without any pressure from the outer tier.

Lifetime Pursuit was tipped in the stretch, but she could not make a dent in Shake It Cerry’s lead as she trotted the final quarter in 26 4/5 while under some encouragement from driver Ron Pierce. Cee Bee Yes was a distant third.

The victory by Shake It Cerry moved her yearly record to 12 wins in 14 starts and bumped her 2014 earnings over $800K. She paid $3.60 to win for owner Solveig Racing Partners.

Both Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit are trained by Jimmy Takter.