Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com late Monday that See You At Peelers’ heart rate soared again when checked following her seventh-place finish in her Breeders Crown elimination Saturday night, Oct. 22, at Woodbine Racetrack, and that she will now be turned out for two months before a decision is made on her future.
“I am going to turn her out for a couple of months and then make a decision on what her future is going to be,” said Takter. “I don’t want to make the call right now. If she doesn’t look totally healthy after two months of rest, then she’ll be a mother.”
After winning her first 22 starts over her two years of racing, See You At Peelers finished sixth in the Nadia Lobell Aug. 29 at The Meadows. She then crossed the wire first in a New York Sire Stakes event one week later at Tioga Downs, but was disqualified to second for bearing in down the stretch on another horse and causing interference.
Takter said while See You At Peelers had a higher-than-normal heart rate following both those races, the number was extremely elevated following the Breeders Crown race in which she was moved to the lead by driver Marcus Johansson at the opening quarter of :26.1, but faded badly in the stretch after leading through fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.2. See You At Peelers paced her final quarter of :30.1 as she faded to last in the seven-horse field, beaten 14 ¼ lengths by the 1:50.4-winning Rocklamation.
“She had a heart rate of 140 afterward on Saturday, the highest I’ve ever had for a horse,” he said. “A normal horse like her would be in the low 90s when she was racing at her best. She had 116 in Pittsburgh and 114 at Tioga. Soundness-wise she is very good, so this is tough.”
Following those two races at The Meadows and Tioga, Takter had See You At Peelers examined by veterinarians at Cornell University, who prescribed medication for the heart problem. Although Takter had stated it wouldn’t be likely he would enter the 3-year-old filly pacer in the Breeders Crown, he changed his mind after a 1:54.1 qualifying win at Freehold and a strong training mile at his New Jersey farm.
“I gave her a shot because she trained really good and qualified very nice, otherwise I wouldn’t have put her in,” said Takter. “She’s normal when you look at her, and she seems bright, but she was terrible. I was so disappointed. I hated that they showed her up like that since she’s such a great horse.”
Despite her recent troubles, See You At Peelers won nine of 12 starts this year with $916,611 in earnings. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight, owned by breeder Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding, has career earnings of $1,498,260.