It was a big night for Team Takter, winning both divisions of the Stanley Dancer Trot for three-year-old trotters, the final tune up for the $1.5 million Hambletonian on August 4.
Uncle Peter, the 2-5 favorite, turned in a gate-to-wire victory in the second race, the first $150,500 division while 23-1 Little Brown Fox turned in a stakes record time of 1:51.2 in the $153,000 second division, the ninth race.
Uncle Peter [$2.80, $2.20, $2.10], driven by Ron Pierce, repelled the challenge from Appomattox in the stretch and drew off to a half length victory in 1:53.1
Banker Volo [$2.60, $2.20], in the two-hole, got up for second and Appomattox [$3.60] was third by three lengths.
“It was a piece of cake,” Pierce said of the Cantab Hall colt’s third win in five starts this year, seven of 10 lifetime. “Tim [Tetrick with Appomattox] came at us down the backstretch a little bit. I just gave him his head and let him trot on just enough to where I could keep that horse [Banker Volo] in behind us. I let him coast home. I didn’t even have to pull the ear plugs. He was very much within himself.”
“I love this horse,” said winning trainer Jimmy Takter. “I’m so happy to see this performance. It was a great race for him. He wasn’t extended, and it was a perfect race for him [to prep] for the Hambletonian. With this heat we’re just making sure to keep him hydrated and making sure he stays healthy and doesn’t get sick because they’re all things you have to consider as possibilities.”
Uncle Peter [Cantab Hall – Victory Treasure] has banked $498,967 lifetime for Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ, John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ontario and Falkbolagen AB of Allentown, NJ.
Little Brown Fox [$49.60, $14.40, $7.00] cut the fractions and drew off in the stretch for a three and a half-length victory over stablemate Guccio [$13.20, $6.00] with Possess The Will [$3.00] finishing third by three and three-quarter lengths.
Little Brown Fox’s 1:51.2 clocking eclipsed the 1:52 stakes record established by Mr Pine Chip in 2006.
Yannick Gingras guided the Jimmy Takter-trained Little Brown Fox to his third win with a second and two thirds in six starts this year. Lifetime, the bay colt has four wins, two seconds and three thirds from 15 starts with earnings of $334,472 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY.
“I didn’t know he made a break [2-5 favorite Googoo Gaagaa, who broke stride on the first turn and finished eighth] but my strategy didn’t change,” Gingras said.
“Around the last turn he was all on his own,” Gingras explained. “I let him trot a little bit around the last turn, but I didn’t chase him. Like I told Jimmy [Takter] after the race, I showed him the whip at the top of the stretch and he took up like he was behind the gate. He was very impressive.
“He had a couple of things that needed to be worked on at Pocono [his prior start, finishing third in the Beal] and Jimmy surely did,” Gingras added. “I’m not really surprised with the time, we were going right along.”
The New Jersey-sired son of Muscles Yankee – Malvictorian won the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on June 2.
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