09/08/2016 4:32PM

The Meadows: Juvenile champs look to repeat in 3-year-old PA-sired Championships

Chris Gooden
Pure Country ranks as the top 3-year-old filly pacer in the sport.

All four Pennsylvania juvenile champions — Pure Country, Broadway Donna, Ideal Jimmy, Lagerfeld — will defend their titles in Saturday’s $1,208,000 PA Sires Stakes championships for 3-year-olds at The Meadows. Each division sports a $252,000 final and a $50,000 consolation. First post is 1 PM.

Diamond Creek Racing’s Pure Country is perhaps the flashiest of the quartet — she was undefeated in 10 starts at 2 and a consensus pick for the Dan Patch Award for freshman filly pacers. This year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana has been human, so to speak, losing six of 13 races. Yet several of her defeats have come in top stakes against males and several others from extreme outside post positions. She enters the PASS final off a hard-earned 1:49 2/5 victory in the Simcoe, which extended her career bankroll to more than $1.48 million.

Jimmy Takter, who trains Pure Country and Lagerfeld, said he still regards Pure Country as the divisional leader.

“She’s been pretty decent against the best horses in the sport,” Takter said. “It’s a little bit more difficult to be dominant as a 3-year-old. She did quite well against the boys, but with those outside posts, what can you do? She’s very professional. She should be a serious factor on Saturday.”

Pure Country goes from post 4 in race 6, with Brett Miller aboard.

Lagerfeld prevailed in a PASS championship that got messy, picking up the pieces left by multiple breakers. At 3, though, he’s had several noteworthy performances for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding, including thirds in the Yonkers Trot final and a Hambletonian elimination.

“He won a couple early then did some stupid things, broke in a couple starts,” Takter said of the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita. “He had a pretty good Hambletonian — came home in 26 3/5 — and wasn’t too far off in the Yonkers Trot. He’s raced well at The Meadows before.”

Mark MacDonald will pilot Lagerfeld from post 7 in race 10.

It will be a busy afternoon for Takter. Of the 32 horses scheduled to compete in the championships, the Hall of Famer conditions eight of them. Asked to recommend any of his starters who may be beneath the radar, he suggested Love Matters, who’ll compete against Lagerfeld in the colt and gelding trot.

“I think he’s ready for a good mile,” Takter said. “I might consider him a better shot than Lagerfeld.”

Broadway Donna romped to nine wins in 10 starts to begin her career and earned a divisional championship. The going has been tougher for her this year. The Fashion Farms’ homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner has just two wins in six starts. Broadway Donna added Lasix before her last start, when she finished second to 20-1 long shot Black Broadway

“She didn’t have her usual kick finishing,” said her trainer, Jim Campbell. “She may need another start on Lasix. She’s had a good week so far. I don’t see any reason why she wouldn’t (have a big race).”

She’ll leave from post 6 in race 6 for David Miller

Ideal Jimmy, trained by Erv Miller for D.R. Van Witzenburg, may be the most unlikely of the quartet to repeat. Not only did he make the final without a PASS victory this season, but he’s also winless in 11 starts overall this year. Plus, he must deal with five contenders from the powerful Ron Burke stable; four of the Burke quintet started in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding drew post 6 in race 9 with Corey Callahan in the sulky.

The fields for Saturday’s PASS championships, in post position order, with drivers and trainers:

PASS Championship — 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers (Race 6)

1. Call Me Queen Be             Scott Zeron                Ross Croghan

2. Darlinonthebeach             David Miller               Nancy Johansson

3. Lispatty                            Mark MacDonald       Gilberto-Garcia Herrera

4. Pure Country                    Brett Miller                Jimmy Takter

5. Newborn Sassy                 Tim Tetrick                Jo Ann Looney-King

6. Kiss Me Onthebeach          John Campbell           Chris Ryder

7. I Said Diamonds                Jim Pantaleano          Matias Ruiz

8. Shesasmokinlady               Ray Paver                   Ray Paver

9 (AE) Skinny Dipper              Andrew McCarthy     Ross Croghan

10 (AE) Shezarealdeal            Dave Palone               Ross Croghan

PASS Championship — 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters (Race 8)

1. Ginny Weasley                  Aaron Merriman       Ake Svanstedt

2. Kathy Parker                     Yannick Gingras        Jimmy Takter

3. Spicedbourbongirl              Jeff Gregory               Jeff Gregory

4. Sunset Glider                    Mark MacDonald       Jimmy Takter

5. Black Broadway                 Corey Callahan          Michael Eaton

6. Broadway Donna               David Miller               Jim Campbell

7. Womans Will                      Andy Miller                Julie Miller

8. Miss Tezsla                         Brett Miller                Jimmy Takter

9  (AE) Ultimate Shopper       Tim Tetrick                Anette Lorentzon

10 (AE) Hot Curry                  Ron Burke                  Ron Burke

PASS Championship — 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers (Race 9)

1. Another Daily Copy         Tony Hall                   Nicholas DeVita

2. Fernando Hanover          Tim Tetrick                Ron Burke

3. Big Top Hanover              Mike Wilder               Ron Burke

4. JK Will Power                   David Miller               Ron Burke

5. Check Six                        Yannick Gingras        Ron Burke

6. Ideal Jimmy                     Corey Callahan          Erv Miller

7. Western Fame                  Mark MacDonald       Jimmy Takter

8. Manhattan Beach             Matt Kakaley              Ron Burke

9. (AE) Arthur Pendragon      Dan Altmeyer           Dan Altmeyer

10. (AE) More Dragon           Dave Palone               Ron Burke

PASS Championship — 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters (Race 10)

1. Milligan’s School               Andy Miller                Julie Miller

2. Hititoutofthepark              Corey Callahan          John Butenschoen

3. Love Matters                    Yannick Gingras        Jimmy Takter

4. Cufflink Hanover               David Miller               Chris Oakes

5. Hollywood Highway           John Campbell           Staffan Lind

6. Truemass Volo                  Matt Kakaley              Doug Hamilton

7. Lagerfeld                          Mark MacDonald       Jimmy Takter

8. Reigning Moni                   Brett Miller                Jimmy Takter

9. (AE) Taco Tuesday             Tim Tetrick                Frank Antonacci

10.  (AE) Tight Lines             Jeff Gregory               Jeff Gregory

--edited release (Evan Pattak for The Meadows)