05/31/2014 8:26PM

Meadowlands: Trixton heads NJ Sire Stakes finals winners

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Doo Wop Hanover kicked off the NJSS action with a 1:50 victory.

Four $100,000 finals of the New Jersey Sire Stakes were flanked by a packed house of an estimated 15,000 people at the Meadowlands courtesy of NJ Fan Fest. Rising trotting star Trixton stole the spotlight with a stakes record performance as a quartet of statebred 3-year-olds were crowned.

After letting the early dust settle, driver/trainer Jimmy Takter pulled Trixton past the 28-second opening quarter and slowly made their way to the top before the 56 1/5 half-mile clocking. With a dull outer flow set up by the first-over Well Built, Trixton led the pocket-sitting Lightning Force and Martiniwithmuscle past three quarters in 1:25 2/5 before motoring away in the stretch to win by 6 1/2 lengths in a stakes record-equaling 1:52 1/5.

Martiniwithmuscle got up for second over Lightning Force.

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“He is so nice and a real pleasure to drive,” said Takter. “Right now I give him a 10 in every category.”

Trixton ($2.40), a $360,00 yearling purchase, is owned by Brixton Medical AB and Christina Takter. His next race will be at Mohawk racetrack on June 6 in the Goodtimes.

Ranked as one of the top 3-year-old pacing colts of 2014, Western Vintage was supposed to take home the top prize against four others in his $100,000 final. But no one told Doo Wop Hanover he was meant to be second.

Doo Wop Hanover brushed to the front after the 27 2/5 opening quarter and kept his position until Western Vintage rocketed to the top at the half in 55 4/5. That duo sat one-two past three quarters in 1:23 with the rest of the field far behind. In the stretch, driver John Campbell angled Doo Wop Hanover off the cones and battled with Western Vintage for half the stretch before edging clear in a 1:50 winning mile.

“Drawing the rail was the big key. I was able to get away good and not use my horse hard,” said Campbell.

Doo Wop Hanover ($5.80) is trained by Steve Elliott for owners by Peter Blood, Rick Berks and Gary Piontkowski.

Timing was perfect for Heaven’s Door in the final for sophomore trotting fillies as she made it a perfect sweep in the finals for sire Muscle Hill and scored her first career victory in seven starts.

The tactics were simple for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. The newly imported Swedish horsemen sent Heaven’s Door to the top and posted strong fractions of 26 3/5, 54 1/5 and 1:23 as Cee Bee Yes chased from the pocket and all others were struggling to stay close. Heaven’s Door just kept going in the lane and stopped the clock at 1:52 ahead of Cee Bee Yes and My Inspiration.

“She gets a little grabby, but Ake eased her around the last turn and just said go,” said assistant trainer Bjorn Noren.

Heaven’s Door ($10.40) is owned by Mellby Gard Inc. and doubled her lifetime earnings with the win to just north of $100,000.

Wrapping up the Sire Stakes action but certainly not taking a back seat on the track was Act Now. The pacing filly went all the way on the engine for a 1:49 3/5 win.

With Blixtra leaving hard from the inside, Act Now had to work hard to make the front with driver Tim Tetrick. The pair secured the lead past the opening quarter in 26 4/5 and never looked back. The daughter of Western Ideal-CPA set fractions of 54 3/5 and 1:22 3/5 along the way as co-favorite Gettingreadytoroll was parked the entire mile and made a break on the backstretch which wiped out the outer flow.

Sayitall BB came to the rim late from third to get the place spot and Fanticipation closed for third.

“We tried to be careful with her and not over-race her as a 2-year-old,” said co-owner Joseph Davino about how well Act Now has come back this year.

Nikolas Drennan trains the Act Now ($4.20) for Davino and Patrick O’Brien.