Jimmy Takter, one of the all-time leading money-winning trainers at the Meadowlands, has been elected to harness racing’s Living Hall of Fame, in balloting recently conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Takter, 50, has journeyed from a promising young horseman in his native Sweden to the pinnacle of harnessing champions worldwide, including two Hambletonian winners at the Meadowlands. Takter has brought the trotting knowledge he learned from generations of trainers in his native land and raised it to a fine art. He stands alone, however, in being a European-educated conditioner with a resume that also includes champion pacers, most notably See You At Peelers, a three-year-old pacing filly who fashioned a 22-race win streak and is considered one of the frontrunners to win the Little Brown Jug in late September against the top colts.
Takter’s earlier successes were achieved mainly with trotters, including the fabled Moni Maker, an international champion who earned $5.6M in her racetrack career and was twice named Harness Horse of the Year, in 1998 and 1999. They included his handling of stars such as Hambletonian winner Malabar Man (1997 Harness Horse of the Year), Kadabra (2002 Trotter of the Year), and double divisional champion fillies Passionate Glide and Passionate Princess. Takter won his second Hambletonian at the Meadowlands in 2010 with Muscle Massive.
Being in the media spotlight with so much high-powered equine octane has developed Jimmy into a gracious and accessible horseman and minister for the sport. He has been elected North American Trainer of the Year a record three times: 1996, 2000, and 2010.
Jimmy Takter will be twice feted for his Hall of Fame election – the first will come at USHWA’s Dan Patch awards dinner on Sunday, February 12 in Orlando FL; the other will be his formal induction into the Hall of Fame during a dinner in the Hall’s hometown of Goshen NY on July 1, 2012.
Elections for the Hall of Fame are conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, a 225-member organization of the sport’s media, with Living Hall of Famers also getting a vote to elect peers. The Delaware firm of Davis-Smith Accounting handles the distribution, tallying, and official certification of the election results.
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