05/29/2015 8:46PM

Meadows: Uncle Lasse sets track record in PASS

Chris Gooden
Uncle Lasse posted a 1:51 4/5 winning time despite losing two shoes.

Pinkman, last year’s 2-year-old champion trotting colt, may have been the star attraction on the Friday program at The Meadows, but it was another Jimmy Takter-trained colt that stole the show. Uncle Lasse put up a track record 1:51 4/5 clocking while winning the first of three $63,739 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions.

It was a three-horse scrum around the first turn with Uncle Lasse wide of Piercewave Hanover and Explosiveday. After the opening quarter in 27 2/5, Piercewave Hanover secured the pocket behind a keyed up Uncle Lasse and they rolled to the half in 55 1/5. The pace continued to be fast with Uncle Lasse opening up a sizable lead through a 28 2/5 third quarter as Cruzado Dela Noche moved into second and began to mount a charge.

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At the head of the lane it appeared as though Uncle Lasse may have some trouble, but Brett Miller asked the colt for more and he responded for a half-length win over Cruzado Dela Noche. Amazingly that track and stakes record time was accomplished despite the son of Donato Hanover losing two shoes during the mile.

“He was a little hot tonight so I kind of let him do what he wanted,” said Miller. “Coming down the lane when he lost his second shoe, I really got worried (about losing).”

Uncle Lasse returned $2.40 to win while remaining perfect in two starts this year for owner Solveig’s Racing Partners.

It was a walk in the park for Pinkman in his Sire Stakes split. The Takter-trained star brushed to the front after an opening quarter of 28 2/5 and never had an anxious moment. Driver Yannick Gingras rated the half in 57 seconds before sprinting a 28 2/5 third quarter to get separation on the field.

Pinkman extended his lead with complete ease in the stretch and stopped the clock in 1:53 3/5. Honor And Serve was second ahead of Cue Hall.

“I knew that tonight would be an easy spot to let him relax and save something for the second week in August (Hambletonian),” said Gingras.

Pinkman ($2.10), who is 2-for-2 this year, is owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman.

In the second division, Wicker Hanover went to the front, yielded to Walter White and avoided all stretch trouble to score by two and a half lengths in 1:53 for driver David Miller.

Walter White broke on the final turn while on the lead and race favorite The Bank made a weak uncovered bid before also breaking on the last turn.

Chef Lee saved ground for second ahead of a wide closing Shoot The Thrill.

Wicker Hanover ($11.80) won for the first time in four starts this year. He is trained by Noel Daley for Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable.