10/19/2013 7:40PM

Breeders Crown: Father Patrick dominates in Crown final for freshman trotting colts

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Derick Giwner
Father Patrick and Yannick Gingras both smile after their Breeders Crown win.

Father Patrick was again the dominant force in the two-year-old male trotting division easily capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown final as the prohibitive 1-9 betting favorite. Driver Yannick Gingras made it three in a row on the Mohegan Sun at Pocono program making no mistakes from the start and cruising unthreatened to a 1:54 mile clocking.

Father Patrick had the lead quickly at the start and was challenged on the outside by Expressive Action and Nuncio. Gingras showed no intent of yielding to the longshot and never had to worry about giving up the lead with Expressive Action losing his gait before the quarter.

Father Patrick set fractions of :26 4/5, :57 and 1:26 scoring by a length and a quarter of Nuncio with pocket-sitter Credit Fashion finishing third.

“I’ve been waiting for a horse like this to come along. He’s just a dominant horse,” said Jimmy Takter, the winning trainer.

“I thought John (Campbell driving Nuncio) was going to come up first over,” said Yannick Gingras after the race. “When I looked at the video board and saw it was Jody (Jamieson aboard longshot Muscle Network) I wasn’t worried.”

Father Patrick has now won 10 of his 11 lifetime starts. The victory pushed his career bankroll to $744,057 for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, New Jersey.

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Uffizi Hanover gave trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Sam Goldband, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld consecutive Crown triumphs. The daughter of Well Said converted on a perfect cover trip to score just her second win in 11 lifetime starts while capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile pacing fillies.

The pace was hot in the early going as Act Now, Allstar Rating and Precocious Beauty blasted out of the gate. Allstar Rating, an elimination winner last week, parked favored Precocious Beauty hard before allowing her to clear at the :25 3/5 opening quarter.

Act Now and driver Ron Pierce took up the chase without cover before the half providing live cover for Uffizi Hanover. Precocious Beauty and Act Now were head-to-head at the three-quarters in 1:23 but the pace and pressure looked to be taking a toll on both.

In the stretch David Miller rallied Uffizi Hanover off cover and she took off quickly clearing the tiring leaders. Beach Body angled between horses and made a solid late burst but would wind up three-quarters of a length behind the winner.

Southwind Silence and She’s Da Bomb finished third and fourth with Allstar Rating earning the final check. The final time for the mile was 1:52 1/5 with Uffizi Hanover paying $10.20 to win.

“She was good last week but there was a bit of a ruffle,” said Dave Miller. “Jimmy (Takter) worked it out and she was strong.”

Uffizi Hanover improved her career bankroll to $361,390.

Ron Pierce didn’t want to allow world champion Cooler Schooner to dictate the pace in the $500,000 Breeders Crown juvenile filly trot. He shot Shake It Cerry, the slight second-choice, to the front as the gate opened and cruised to the victory with favorite Cooler Schooner breaking before the quarter and third choice Lifetime Pursuit breaking at the start.

Pierce gave trainer Jimmy Takter his third straight Crown victory on the program and managed to make it look so easy behind the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover.

“When Cooler Schooner broke I was waiting for Lifetime Pursuit to attack,” said Pierce, unaware that Lifetime Pursuit was already out of the picture. The lack of a surefire threat let Pierce back the half to :58 flat and accelerated the third quarter to 1:26 with Scream And Shout attempting to get into the race without cover but not getting close to the winner.

Shake It Cerry was strong to the wire in 1:53 4/5 winning by a length and three quarters ahead of Struck By Lindy. Market Rally finished third with Ruby and Scream And Shout earning the final two checks.

Luck Be Withyou gave Pierce his second Breeders Crown trophy of the evening winning the $500,000 event for juvenile colts as the 9-5 second choice in the field. Pierce made two moves before the :27 opening quarter on a track downgraded to sloppy after a post seventh-race deluge. Somestarsomewhere, the 3-2 favorite in the field, made a solid move to command three-eighths of the way into the mile. With driver Yannick Gingras looking for his second Crown of the night Somestarsomewhere cut the half in :55 1/5 and three quarters in 1:22 4/5 but the hot pace and the tiring surface were too much as Luck Be Withyou angled outside from the pocket and early leader Sometimes Said, a 34-1 proposition, darted to the passing lane.

Hall of Famers Pierce (Luck Be Withyou) and Campbell (Sometimes Said) dueled to the wire with the former earning a neck decision.

Somestarsomewhere finished third with Ari Allstar and Three of Clubs earning the final checks.

Chris Oakes trains the son of Western Ideal, who won for the fifth time in 11 career starts. Luck Be Withyou returned $5.80 to win.

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