08/02/2014 6:10PM

Meadowlands: Trixton wins 2014 Hambletonian

Nikki Sherman
Jimmy Takter calls to Trixton and the trotter responded.

All eyes were on 2-5 favorite Father Patrick in the 89th Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands, but that did not last very long. Just as the field was sent on their way, Father Patrick made a break and that left the trotting class up for grabs, and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter did just that with Trixton.

Nuncio was the fastest of the 3-year-old trotters as he went to the front in a brisk 26 3/5 opening quarter while parking out fellow leaver Royal Ice, who was followed by Trixton on the rim. Nuncio would continue the hot pace as pocket-sitter Resolve kept Royal Ice parked out.

After the half came on the board in 54 seconds, it was apparent that Takter was sitting in the perfect spot to pounce. Midway around the final turn the Hall of Famer made his move and pulled alongside Nuncio, a horse he also trains. Nuncio and Trixton engaged in battle past three quarters in 1:23.

The two Takter trainees battled valiantly before Trixton edged to a half-length win in 1:50 3/5.

Nuncio was second and Harper Blue Chip closed for third.

“In the middle of the last turn my horse felt really strong and I figured that Nuncio had to be a little tired from the pace he set up,” said Takter.

 “This is something that I was just dreaming about,” added Takter. “It is hard to describe. It will probably take a day or two to sink in.”

With defeat came failure as Takter also trained Father Patrick, who finished last of the eleven horses.

Nikki Sherman   Trixton adorns Hambo flowers.

“I was going into this race and I was really expecting Father Patrick to win the race,” said Takter. “I didn’t find out until after that he made a break.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Trixton, he is a fantastic horse. And taking nothing away from Nuncio, but to me Father Patrick is the best of the three.”

It was a big day for Takter, who also trained Lifetime Pursuit, winner of the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.

Trixton is owned by Brixton Medical AB and Christina Takter. The son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El increased his lifetime earnings to $840,604.

Trixton paid $10.60 to win.

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sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Exciting. In other news.....
tony More than 1 year ago
I love the idiot who says it was a great hambo day. they had 8 pick 3 pay less than $9 it is a joke every race has a 2/5 shot. there is no one that wants to watch that trash. let these poor horses go back to pulling the amish buggies.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Aww, that'll be unrequited love, momo. If there were no 2-5 shots, how would you know who to bet? Trash is as trash does, Gumpy..
Mark D More than 1 year ago
This article is exactly why I don't bet this breed.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Sorry, OT here, how do we access DRF+ when we buy our forms with +++ codes? Thx
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
It tells you on the coupon. drf.com/freeplus type it in.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Thanx, zkid, I was getting many server errors, finally got it..
Jeff More than 1 year ago
Derick, Hypothetical ?;if you highly tout a horse,i mean to the point of saying that i can not see this horse loosing and he does loose,do you owe your readers any type of explanation or apology the next day? -fyi,i have never read a n.american racing writer explain or apologize?
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
that's why they call it gambling felix!
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
LOSING my friend.
Derick More than 1 year ago
Jeff - As you know, we are dealing with many factors. The horse is a living, breathing animal that can have a bad day or make mistakes. The driver is prone to error as well. I cannot predict that a horse that has never made a break will all of a sudden make one. I still strongly believe that if Father Patrick did not break, he would have won the race. My job is to handicap the race to the best of my ability. Your job is to use that information as you see fit. I did pick the $20+plus horse the prior race. Can't win them all. DG
Jeff More than 1 year ago
Wow,to you 3 replied.It really was just a hypothetical question! As you 3 obviously do not know,there are many racing writers -especially in Asia-who do both apologize and explain the next day.I guess betting in other countries just comes with much more history,tradition and accountability. Sorry if i hurt anybodies feelings. Also,i think people "over there" get my comments better.I'll stay there. Good Luck.
Derick More than 1 year ago
No hard feelings, Jeff. Good luck at the races.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
This was a great Hambo Day, congrats to Hambo Winner, Trixton and connections. World records set and tied today, how about that SebastianoK? Great day in the sulky!
Cyclops More than 1 year ago
What a price I got on Trixton today! Why would anyone in their right mind wager on Father Patrick at 0.40?
Hail No More than 1 year ago
That sounds like a gloat :) Great show prices, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love those bridge jumpers. When I saw FP break I could hear him scream all the way to the nearest overpass. I saw the insane total of $$$ bet in the show pool on FP and figured maybe? With blinkers off and steel shoes on I bet Trixton across the board and then saw the payoffs. Thankyou bridge jumper...
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
You wager on harness racing. I wagered on one harness race in my life. Met the trainers assistant at the bar hours before the race. She explained to me why her 12-1 horse should beat the favorite. She mapped out the race and after a $100 Win Place wager, she was spot on. I got her horse at 11-1. The horse won by 5 lengths if I remember. And paid $24.00 even to win. Unless I get a tip like that again, I will never handicap these crumby races.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Well, maybe you should learn how to handicap, horses are horses. Easier to make pace figs, PP is important, as is driver change, horses coming from 1/2 or 5/8 tracks, etc... Yeah, one mile races are SOoo hard, /sarcasm\..
Jake Footballe More than 1 year ago
Imagine that,the winner of the Hambletonian, the worst horse of the three that Takter trains, one of them who has never made a break in his life and was 17-16-1-0 lifetime,the winner just happens to be not only trained but OWNED BY JIMMY ! What are the odds on harness racing's biggest stage, with the largest single wagering handle day , the Takter OWNED trotter wins the Hambo. Hard to regain the interest of many friends of mine that have left the harness game, when this stuff happens. At least ten of my friends USED to either be owners or gamblers and the owners have left and the gamblers have either died, gave up horse racing entirely or strictly wager on thoroughbreds.
Patrick Fergus More than 1 year ago
I agree. When I heard all the "conflicts" I couldn't believe they allow this. I don't think there was anything underhanded in this race but it just looks wrong. This drives people away from racing and Harness has enough issues already.