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|Father Patrick is an impressive winner in Maxie Lee
Trainer Jimmy Takter has seen his share of great trotters over the years and he thinks Father Patrick is among them...read on
Lee Memorial - Invitational
3&4 OPEN T 1.609 m auto Purse: $150 000 (75,000 - 37,500 - 18,000 - 12,000 - 7,500)
RACE 12 - Harrah`s Philadelphia - PA - May 24, 2015 Conditions: Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational Detention 10:20 A.M. Gait: Trot Purse: $150,000 Class: Maxie Lee Distance: 1 Mile Track Cond: FAST
1. Father Patrick 09,7 (24)
2. Bee A Magician 10,0 (18)
3. Lindy`s Tru Grit 10,4 (643)
4. Dw`s Ny Yank 10,5 (406)
5. Melady`s Monet 10,5 (240)
Opl: Market Share 10,6 (143), Bourbon Bay 11,6 (680), Classic Martine d8g (103)
1st Father Patrick (4, H Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec) Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s): Father Patrick Stable - NJ Breeder(s): Brittany Farms - KY 2nd Bee A Magician (5, M Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image) Registered Owner(s): Melvin Hartman - ON, Herb Liverman - FL, David Mc Duffee - FL Breeder(s): White Birch Farm - NJ 3rd Lindy`s Tru Grit (5, H Cantab Hall - True Diva - Valley Victory) Registered Owner(s): Lindy Racing Stable - CT, Robert Rudolph - NJ Breeder(s): Lindy Racing Stable - CT
Trainer Jimmy Takter has seen his share of great trotters over the years and he thinks Father Patrick is among them.
The 4-year-old Father Patrick, who was a division champion at ages 2 and 3, made his 4-year-old debut a winning one by capturing Sunday’s (May 24) $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters by two lengths over Bee A Magician in 1:52.1 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Lindy’s Tru Grit finished third.
Father Patrick’s time equaled the track record for a 4-year-old male trotter.
“If everything stays perfect I think he’s going to be very dominant,” said Takter, whose past stars include Horse of the Year Award winners Moni Maker and Malabar Man. “I really do. I’ve been around greatness, and I think he’s going to be a horse people talk about for many, many years.”
Father Patrick has won 23 of 29 career races and earned $2.51 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group.
Takter also visited the winner’s circle following the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers, which was won by his Great Vintage (David Miller) by three-quarters of a length over Dancin Yankee in 1:50.2. Mach It So finished third.
The Maxie Lee field featured a deep group of trotters, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician as well as division champions Classic Martine and Market Share, who won last year’s edition of the event.
Classic Martine, who lost contact with the field nearing the half-mile marker and finished a distant eighth, suffered from atrial fibrillation during the race, according to her trainer, Chris Oakes. He added that the mare seemed all right after the race.
Father Patrick and Bee A Magician were among four horses to go for the lead on the first turn and Father Patrick got to the front before the group neared the second turn. The opening quarter was :27.1, followed by a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2.
Bee A Magician tried to launch a challenge coming off the final turn, but Father Patrick yielded no ground.
“He did it so easy too,” winning driver Yannick Gingras said. “The earplugs are still in; I never really called on him. I let him trot the last eighth (of a mile).
A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal debut by qualifying three times, with his final effort being a 1:52 victory at the Meadowlands on May 16.
“Last week we wanted to get him a race but weren’t able to, so I treated that (qualifier) as a race,” Gingras said. “We went decent fractions and he stretched his legs out a little. I knew he was about as ready as he could be. He’s not in peak, peak form yet, but he was good enough to win today.”
In addition to preparing for his racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. He made three trips to the breeding farm in the week leading up to the Maxie Lee.
“It’s individual,” Takter said about whether breeding and racing could work for all horses. “I know horses that won’t go at all; when you start breeding them they lose total interest in racing. In his case, it hasn’t been negative. So far so good.”
Great Vintage also has done stud duty, but after he bred just a handful of mares this year Takter decided it was better to give him a chance again on the racetrack. Great Vintage had been “retired” after suffering a ligament injury last August.
A 7-year-old son of American Ideal out of the mare Art’s Vintage, Great Vintage is 2-for-2 this season. He has won 28 of 95 career races and earned $793,108.
“He came back very happy,” Takter said. “He got hurt in the fall last year, so I thought he was done. But he came back sounder and better. He was a really good 2-year-old, but he got hurt in the paddock when he was turned out so he didn’t come back good as a 3-year-old. He had a bad injury on the knee.
Takter trains Great Vintage for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Goran Falk.
In the Betsy Ross, Radar Contact went to the front in the opening quarter-mile and never looked back, holding off multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette at the wire.
A 7-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway out of the mare Topville Cyberwave, Radar Contact has won six of 16 races this year and finished worse than second only twice. For her career, she has 31 victories in 97 starts and $877,006 in purses.
Radar Contact is trained by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott.
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