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American Jewel, Uncle Peter win Big M qualifiers

May 12, 2012

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Several of harness racing’s brightest stars participated in qualifiers Saturday morning, May 12 at the Meadowlands. Sophomore filly American Jewel turned in the fastest time of the morning for trainer Jimmy Takter, winning by nearly two lengths in a time of 1:50.3. Other winners included Takter trainees Uncle Peter and See You At Peelers.

With Tim Tetrick in the bike, American Jewel sat second through a :27.3 opening panel before moving to the top. Once on the front, the Brittany Farms bred and owned American Ideal filly clicked off fractions of :56 and 1:23 before coming home in :27.3. Major Look and Andy Miller were second, nearly two lengths back. A winner in eight of nine starts at two, American Jewel posted her second solid qualifying performance. Her previous effort was a 1:53.4 clocking May 5 at the Meadowlands.

Breeders Crown champion Uncle Peter turned in an impressive effort in his three-year-old debut. Driven by Takter, the Cantab Hall colt took control after a :31 first quarter and set the fractions the rest of the way. After a 1:01.2 opening half, Takter stepped up the pace with Uncle Peter, registering a :27.2 third panel (1:28.4) before kicking home in :26.4 (1:55.3) to win by four and one-quarter lengths over Money On My Mind.

One race earlier, Takter qualified sophomore Muscles Yankee colt Little Brown Fox in a matching time of 1:55.3, winning by seven and one-half lengths. Previously the colt narrowly won a qualifier in 1:55.4. He also steered Yankee Glide colt Guccio to a 1:54.2 victory Saturday, the second win in as many qualifying starts.

See You At Peelers rebounded from her seventh-place finish in the $297,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker final, her first loss of the 2012 campaign, to post a 1:52.4 qualifier Saturday morning. The Bettor’s Delight four year old wired the field for driver Brian Sears, winning by six lengths. Owned by Christina Takter in partnership with John and Jim Fielding, See You At Peelers has earned more than $1.5 million in her career, winning 26 of 30 starts.

Breakin The Law, a winner in eight of 10 starts this season, wired the field to win his qualifier for sophomore pacing colts in 1:51. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, the Artiscape gelding edged Metro winner Simply Business and Ron Pierce by three parts of a length. Heston Blue Chip and Tetrick were third. In another contest for three-year-old colts, Time To Roll and Sears used a pocket trip to their advantage, springing home in :26.1 to win by thee and one-quarter lengths in 1:51.3. The Rocknroll Hanover-Kikikatie colt is trained by Takter. He was followed across the wire by I Fought Dalaw and Bettor’s Edge.

Handsoffmycookie, runner up to Economy Terror in the Breeders Crown, was also a winner Saturday at the Meadowlands. Tetrick and the Art Major filly paced behind leader Romantic Moment and Pierce through fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:25.4 before putting a neck in front at the wire in 1:52.3. Scott Di Domenico trains the filly for JFE Enterprises.

Veteran pacer We Will See followed up a five and one-quarter length victory May 5 at the Meadowlands with a 14-length romp Saturday in a time of 1:51.4. The Western Hanover five year old, in front by two at the half (:57.2), opened up by seven at three-quarters (1:24.4) for Pierce before closing out the mile with a 27-second last quarter.

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