08/14/2014 11:38AM

Northfield: Upset possible for Tellitlikeitis in $400K Milstein

Derick Giwner
Tellitlikeitis finished second in the NA Cup and third in the Meadowlands Pace.

While Tellitlikeitis has his work cut out for him against McWicked in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Friday, trainer Jimmy Takter remains confident in the well-bred 3-year-old colt.

Tellitlikeitis began his sophomore season on fire with a pair of impressive victories. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the North America Cup and a third in the Meadowlands Pace. As the fourth son of the broodmare Kikikatie to eclipse $490,000 in career earnings, on track success was somewhat of a given, but staying on the track has been more difficult.

Through six starts in 2014, Tellitlikeitis has only missed the board once and has amassed $367,104 in earnings for owner Lothlorien, who also bred the colt by Well Said.  His last effort was a third-place finish in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company following nearly four weeks of inactivity.

“You have to touch him up all the time,” said Takter on the constant care required by Tellitlikeitis. “Even with all the problems he has, I love this horse.”

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Deficiencies aside, Tellitlikeitis has the same pure speed displayed by his four previous brothers. Each of the quintet has paced a winning mile in 1:50 or better, with Tellitlikeitis tied for second in the sibling rivalry with Rockin Amadeus at 1:48 4/5 (Rockin Image paced 1:48 2/5 in 2010).

Tellitlikeitis has displayed his blazing speed on many occasions. He paced a 25 4/5 opening quarter in the North America Cup and an identical closing quarter in the Meadowlands Pace. He even paced a 25 2/5 quarter in a qualifying race at the Meadowlands in May.

“If he was a sound horse all the time, he could beat up any horse in the country,” said Takter on the colt’s pure talent.

One unknown with Tellitlikeitis is how he will handle the half-mile surface at Northfield. Through 14 starts, the colt has never raced on a track smaller than five-eighths, but Takter was hardly concerned about the issue.

“I don’t think it will be any problem,” said Takter.

Tellitlikeitis starts from post four as the 6-1 third-choice on the morning line. Regular driver Brett Miller will be in the bike for Friday’s feature. Likely heavy favorite McWicked will leave from post one with David Miller.

The Milstein Memorial is slated as race 11 on a 15-race card that gets underway at 6 PM.