Last fall at The Red Mile, Take My Picture was a starter in a pair of racing under saddle contests at The Red Mile, and in just a few weeks the 6 year old will be taking on the world's best trotters in the famed Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden.
Trainer Nik Drennan told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that while Jack Moiseyev has been the regular driver behind Take My Picture, it will be Jody Jamieson in the sulky when he lines up behind the gate in the Elitlopp. The change comes as a result of Moiseyev's preference to not fly.
"Jack has been driving but he doesn't want to fly, and I talked to (the owners) last Friday night at the Meadowlands, and they wanted a Canadian driver,” said Drennan, who is currently racing on the East Coast while his father, John, oversees the stable's Canadian contingent. "They told me that if Jack couldn't go, then to go get Jody. That's what we came up with.”
A three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year, Jamieson has been behind Take My Picture only once in his career, that coming this past Feb. 10 when he directed the gelding to an overnight win at Flamboro Downs. Overall, Take My Picture has 19 wins in 85 career starts and $739,968 in earnings for owners Joseph and Laurie Davino. Take My Picture will head into the Elitlopp riding a three-race win streak, including a career-best 1:52.3 effort on April 22 at Woodbine Racetrack.
"He's pretty brave right now, so I think we'll be in good shape,” said Drennan, who also trained the 2011 William Haughton Memorial winner Alexie Mattosie.
Drennan said he and Take My Picture will be flying to Sweden on Monday, May 13, with other family members, including his father, John, arriving for the race.
"The thing about going, you only live once, and who knows if you'll be able to go again,” he said.