08/15/2015 12:00AM

Hoosier: Big finish gets JK Endofanera a Dan Patch win

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JK Endofanera has won four of six career starts at Hoosier Park.

It was a case of role reversal on Friday night at Hoosier Park. Trainer Jimmy Takter had the numbers in last week’s $1 million Hambletonian, five to one against trainer Ron Burke. In the $300,000 22nd edition of the Dan Patch, Takter flew solo with JK Endofanera and in the end wound up taking down five of Burke’s horses to capture the event.

Driver Brett Miller returned to Hoosier Park and clearly his experience over the track paid dividends as the Burke horses exchanged the lead throughout the mile with his JK Endofanera pinned along the inside.

“We were buried,” said Miller of his circumstances on the final turn.

Despite landing the pole position, JK Endofanera couldn’t match the early speed of Lyonssomewhere and Bettor’s Edge leaving the gate. Lyonssomewhere briefly yielded to Bettor’s Edge through the 25 3/5 opening quarter but regained quickly. That led to the Burke-trained $7 million winning Foiled Again to make his move to the front as the favorite for Yannick Gingras. Foiled Again had the top in 53 1/5, but had instant company from Clear Vision. Those two battled feverishly into the stretch with Clear Vision gaining the advantage past the 1:21 1/5 three quarters.

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All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley had worked out a live cover trip and battled with Clear Vision in what looked like a two-horse Burke race to the wire.

In mid-stretch, Miller was finally able to find room. He angled the 4-year-old Art Major-sired homebred wide and JK Endofanera exploded past the overworked pacemakers, cruising across the wire in 1:48 4/5. JK Endofanera scored as the 2-1 second choice defeating All Bets Off with Clear Vision holding tenaciously for third. Foiled Again faded to sixth.

“The stretch is long and we just used it to our advantage,” said Miller.

JK Endofanera increased his career bankroll to $1,712,088. Ironically JK Endofanera was with the Burke stable through June before being relocated by 3 Brothers Stables. This was his second win for the next stable.

One race earlier, perhaps the top 3-year-old pacer continued his dominance in Indiana. Freaky Feet Pete posted a blistering 1:48 2/5 winning mile in one of four $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals. Trace Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Larry Rheinheimer during the 9-1/4 length victory.

Untested versus Open company in 2015, Rheinheimer said he was leaning to that date was history. “He deserves a chance at it (Breeders Crown) and we're probably going to try it,” said Rheinheimer about the year-end championships on October 24 at Woodbine.