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Nuncio won Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot for three-year-old trotters and the undercard was peppered with upsets....read on
Trot - Final
3 åriga 1.609 m auto Purse: $500 000 (250,000-125,000-60,000-40,000-25,000)
RACE 5 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - October 25, 2014 Conditions: THE $580,000 YONKERS TROT FINAL 3 YO OPEN STARTING FEE $2,500 + $10 NYS STARTING FEE Gait: Trot Purse: $500,000 Class: YONKERS Distance: 1 Mile Track Cond: FAST
1. Nuncio 1:56.0 (10)
2. Datsyuk 1:56.2 (327)
3. Resolve 1:58.1 (257)
4. Expressive Action 1:58.1 (245)
5. Journey 1:59.0 (965)
Opl: King City 2:00.2g (692), Don Dorado dg (352)
Struken: Gural Hanover
1st Nuncio (3, H Andover Hall - Nicole Isabelle - Lindy Lane) Registered Owner(s)/Lessee(s): Stall Tz Inc - FL Breeder(s): Russell Williams - PA 2nd Datsyuk (3, G Explosive Matter - Pink Ribbons - Mr Vic) Registered Owner(s): Leonard Buckner - OH, Charlie Norris - PA Breeder(s): R Greenfield - OH 3rd Resolve (3, H Muscle Hill - Anikawiesahalee - Credit Winner) Registered Owner(s): Hans Enggren - PA Breeder(s): Michael Pozefsky - NY, Edward Wilson - ON
Nuncio won Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot for three-year-old trotters and the undercard was peppered with upsets.
Sent off at odds of 1-9, Nuncio and driver John Campbell won the Yonkers Trot by 2-1/4 lengths over Datsyuk in 1:56, giving trainer Jimmy Takter a sweep of the Trotting Triple Crown. Resolve finished third.
Takter, who won the Hambletonian Stakes with Trixton, picked up the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot with Nuncio. Owned by Stefan Melander’s Stall TZ Inc., Nuncio has won 10 of 15 races this year and earned $1.29 million. He finished second in the Hambletonian.
The most recent horse to win the Trotting Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The last horse to capture two jewels and finish second in the remaining leg was Mack Lobell in 1987. Campbell drove both of those horses.
Takter has won the Yonkers Trot four times; Campbell has won three times.
“This horse is just so consistent, I have so much admiration (for him) and think so much of him because he always gives me a good effort,” Campbell said. “Horses like that are hard to find.”
The tone of the race changed before the horses reached the starting gate when Gural Hanover, who won his Yonkers Trot elimination last week and drew post No. 1 for the final, was scratched sick.
“I thought he was the horse to beat going into the race,” Campbell said. “I think my horse was good enough to win, no matter what, he was very good tonight, but it certainly changed the complexion of the race. It’s unfortunate. I feel bad for (Gural Hanover’s connections) to get a horse into a race like this and not be able to race.”
Don Dorado, leaving from the extreme outside post, went to the lead on the first turn, but Campbell moved Nuncio to the top before reaching the opening quarter-mile in :29. He led the rest of the way, with fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.3, to notch career victory 15 in 25 starts.
“I just wanted to make sure (Nuncio) kept his mind on his work, and gets around that last turn,” Campbell said. “He was just a little funny-gaited last week in the last turn, but better this week. The main focus was just to keep him to his task and didn’t do anything foolish. He did the rest.”
Nuncio has never finished worse than second in any race and pushed his lifetime earnings to more than $1.75 million.
“Any horse at this level, they have to have the gait, they have to have speed, they have to have heart,” Campbell said. “But his consistency over the two years has just been remarkable. He’s never put in a poor performance for me at all.”
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