Jimmy Takter completed a sweep of the Simcoes for sophomore pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack when he captured the $218,076 Simcoe for male trotters with Trixton ($2.80) in 1:52.2, overcoming a trailing tier start from post 11.
In the words of track announcer Ken Middleton, "he faced more traffic than the 401 on a Friday."
Getting back to work after his Hambletonian victory on Aug. 2, heavy 2-5 favorite Trixton got away sixth along the pylons, but was able to move into the outer flow past the :26.4 opening quarter, which was put up by Muscle Matters (Mario Baillargeon). EL Titan (Chris Christoforou) advanced from fourth and confronted the early leader down the backstretch before taking over past the :55.2 half-mile mark.
Damfoolrmillionair (Randy Waples) moved up to challenge next and edged by around the final turn as they raced to three-quarters in 1:23.1. He drew clear into the stretch, but Takter had Trixton third-over and ready to roll. Trixton rallied off cover and opened up three lengths before hitting the wire with Damfoolrmillionair coming in second and PL Hercules (Ron Pierce) finishing third.
Trixton is owned by Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Ab. The Muscle Hill-Emile Cas El colt is now eight-for-10 with earnings of $908,189 this season
Earlier in the night, the Takter trainee Gettingreadytoroll ($10.10) and driver Yannick Gingras equaled the Simcoe Stakes record of 1:49.4 for 3-year-old pacing fillies in the $207,689 division.
The Rocknroll Hanover-Captain Holly filly matched the mark established by another great Takter-trained filly, 2012 Simcoe champion American Jewel (also a She's A Great Lady winner the previous year).
O'Brien Award winner Precocious Beauty (Doug McNair) led the field through fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.2 with Gingras sending Gettingreadytoroll first over down the backstretch. Gettingreadytoroll eventually wore down the pacesetter in the stretch and held off the late-closing Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick). It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) finished third.
Gettingreadytoroll won her only start as a 2 year old and has since earned five more wins from 10 sophomore starts to boost her bankroll to nearly $210,000. She last won the Miss New Jersey on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands.
"It's a long gap," said Takter of the filly's time off between starts. "I qualified her myself in Pocono last week and I just gave her a little workout there, but when racing the speeds they do, these horses, staying sharp is a big factor, but she's a game girl.
"She came from no 2-year-old season and suddenly going 1:50 speed, it's like she went to college right away, she didn't go to the small races," he continued, addressing some of her breaking issues. "It took a while to get used to the speed, but she's always been a very powerful filly, with good lungs in her.
"This was a good race, she beat some quality fillies here."
Gettingreadytoroll is owned by Takter's wife Christina and Toronto brothers John and Jim Fielding. (SC)