11/22/2014 11:58PM

Breeders Crown: Father Patrick gets back on winning track

Derick Giwner
Father Patrick struts back to the winner's circle after his Breeders Crown victory.

Father Patrick righted his ship and put in a powerful performance in capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old colt trot at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Yannick Gingras put Father Patrick on the front end early and was able to rate the fractions on his way to a 1:51 4/5 Breeders Crown stakes record.

Sent off as the 6-5 second choice to stablemate Nuncio, Father Patrick took control from Nuncio before the :27 2/5 opening fraction. With little movement in the outer flow Gingras was able to rate the half kindly to :56 1/5.

E L Titan, driven by Ron Pierce from post ten, patiently worked his way up without the benefit of cover and had his sights set on the leader through a 1:24 2/5 three quarter clocking.

In the stretch Father Patrick dug in with Nuncio unable to reach him along the inside but E L Titan moving with purpose on the outside. Father Patrick gamely held on with a :27 2/5 final quarter winning for the 12th time in 17 starts in 2014.

Trained by Jimmy Takter, Father Patrick captured his second straight Breeders Crown trophy for the Father Patrick Stable.

“I always think he’s the best horse when I go out on the track,” said Gingras after the race. “He showed us what a great horse he is.”

“I put a small little Murphy blind on the outside and I trained him a little tighter. I trained him every day this week,” said Takter after the race.

When asked whether he would enter Father Patrick in next week’s $500,000 TVG final the trainer said,  “No, because I don’t think the horse is more than 80 percent right now and we are going to race him next year. He had a long year and I want to give him a break,” said Takter.

E L Titan finished just a neck shy of the winner after racing parked out the entire mile with Nuncio third and Harper Blue Chip fourth. For favored Nuncio it was the first time in his 27-race career that he finished worse than second.

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The late scratches of elimination winners Limelight Beach and Always B Miki changed the complexion of the $531,250 Breeders Crown for three-year-old male pacers. It paved the way for Mcwicked to emerge with a two-move effort for driver Brian Sears and a 1:49 victory as the 9-5 second choice in the field of eight.

The pace was hot and heavy early with Mcwicked leaving but Luck Be Withyou leaving much faster to the tune of a :26 opening quarter. Eventually favored J K Endofanera worked his way to the front, but Sears was quick to be on the move and seize control in the :54 1/5 half. From that point the son of McArdle, trained by Casie Coleman, kicked in with a solid third quarter of :27 2/5 and had another :27 2/5 quarter in him to complete the mile.

Owned by S S G Stables, Mcwicked won for the 10th time in 21 starts in 2014 and likely moved to the head of the three-year-old division with the victory.

Somesizesomestyle rallied sharply late for the place spot with J K Endofanera picking up the third spot.

“I really didn’t expect him to be on the front end,” Coleman said after the race, “He was very good last week and he was awesome tonight.”

The trainer had expected to make the Breeders Crown the last race of the year for Mcwicked but she talked about a possible supplement of Mcwicked to the Progress Pace with eliminations slated for November 30 at Dover Downs. Mcwicked, with his Breeders Crown triumph, is eligible for the TVG Final at the Meadowlands on November 29 if his connections want to race against older horses.

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