05/12/2012 3:47PM

Meadowlands: Jimmy Takter dominates qualifiers with a parade of stars

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Derick Giwner
American Jewel posted the fastest qualifier of the morning with a 1:50 3/5 mile

On Saturday morning at the Meadowlands trainer Jimmy Takter sent two handfuls of horses to the track to qualify. As his students paraded in front of the grandstand, each was seemingly more royally bred than the prior and almost all would be once-in-a-lifetime horses for any “everyday Joe” conditioner.  

In his stable full of stars, American Jewel could be the prize. She was certainly a standout performer this morning. The once-beaten 3-year-old filly brushed to the front at the three-eighths marker and opened up on her competition with every stride. Driver Tim Tetrick was just a passenger as he guided the daughter of American Ideal-Trim Hanover to a 1:50 3/5 victory.

“She’s really special. Tim (Tetrick) just shut her down in the stretch,” said Takter, who will drop the filly in a New York Sire Stakes event at Vernon Downs on May 19.

American Jewel will look to achieve the same sophomore divisional honors that her now 4-year-old stablemate See You At Peelers captured in 2011. Off a dull effort in the $297,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker final at Yonkers Raceway, Peelers went wire to wire in her qualifier but was far from spectacular in the 1:52 4/5 mile.

“Brian (driver Sears) said she was good but not great,” remarked Takter. He continued, “She tied up a little and had a virus coming out of her race at Yonkers. Since then she only had one training mile in 2:25, so she needed the mile.”

With the effort under her belt, Takter said See You At Peelers may head to Harrah’s Philadelphia for the $100,000 Betsy Ross.

Another leading lady from the Takter barn which may be under the radar is Romantic Moment. Also by American Ideal, Romantic Moment was a solid second to Breeders Crown runner-up Handsoffmycookie, with the pair tripping the timer in 1:52 3/5 during their qualifier.

“She’s no fluke, either,” said Takter. “I think she is a top-five level filly in this division.”

Takter has more than a way with the ladies. One of the more impressive morning efforts belonged to perhaps his most regally bred horse, 3-year-old pacing colt Time To Roll. The full brother to Rockin Image and son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kikikatie, sat the pocket until the stretch and rolled to an ultra-impressive 1:51 3/5 romp.

“He’s been training really well all winter and we have really high hopes for him,” said Takter, who went on to compare him to his brothers Rockin Image and the talented yet erratic Grams Legacy.

“Rockin Image was the smartest of the three and Grams Legacy is certainly the dumbest. This guy is somewhere in between. On the track he is a true professional but outside the track he is a big pain.”

Simply Business is the other killer second-year pacing colt in his barn. Though it is hard to say he is the “other” colt when he won the $1 million Metro pace last year.

Simply Business sat the pocket in his qualifier and finished up willingly in the second fastest mile on the 12-race card. He finished just three-quarters-of-a-length behind Breakin The Law in a 1:51 mile.

“The qualifier should really tighten him up. I think when the money is on the line he will be right there with this group,” said Takter.

Time To Roll and Simply Business may be close in talent but they are nothing like each other in all other respects.

“They are two different horses. Time To Roll is more aggressive and Simply Business is a very lazy horse,” said Takter, who will point Simply Business to a NJSS race on May 19 at the Meadowlands.

Even with all the power on the pacing side of the Takter barn, the trainer’s bread and butter has always been with trotters. The 51-year-old sent out three winning sophomore colt trotters on Saturday morning.

Breeders Crown winner Uncle Peter was the headliner of the bunch. The Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure youngster brushed to the front at the half and won very easily in 1:55 3/5 with Takter at the controls.

“It was scary. He was really good; tremendous. I didn’t really ask him much,” remarked Takter, who said the colt had been in 1:57 two weeks ago on his farm but almost had a setback.

“He got spooked by something and cut himself 10 days ago,” said the veteran trainer.

Uncle Peter will qualify one more time before aiming for the Earl Beal in June at Pocono Downs.

Uncle Peter may be the current trotting star of the stable but Guccio was the fastest qualifier. The Yankee Glide colt posted a 1:54 2/5 mile.

“Last year he was immature mentally but he is a fast horse that can really go,” said Takter about Guccio.

Last but not least from his trotting colts on Saturday is Little Brown Fox. The son of Muscles Yankee made a move to the front past the half and posted a 1:55 3/5 mile.

“He’s coming back good and I’m very happy with what he did today,” said Takter. “He was a little stressed up last year but has come back really nice and looks like a contender.”

With top prospects in nearly every division, Takter, a soon to be inducted Hall of Famer, is certainly a contender.