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Brittany Farms sweep in Eternal Camnation

August 21, 2011
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Freshman pacing fillies American Jewel and Romantic Moment reigned supreme in their Eternal Camnation divisions for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Marcus Johansson Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
 
In the first $132,033 division, American Jewel remained undefeated with a perfect four-for-four record in her debut season.
 
As the starting gate pulled away, the 4-5 favorite, American Jewel broke stride. Big Mcdeal (Paul MacDonell) took command and held the lead through fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.1. Entering the final turn, Shelliscape (Randy Waples) launched a first-over attack from third with American Jewel catching cover. The early breaker was able to recover and by the half, Johansson found a spot on the rail in fourth.
 
In the stretch, Johansson angled the two-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Trim Hanover three wide to pace on by the tempo-setter, scoring a four-length victory in 1:52.2. Big Mcdeal finished second with
Shelliscape rounding out the triactor.
 
“I don’t know what happened, but she is professional and she corrected it,” Johansson said, of her miscue. “I can’t recall her making a break training or racing, it has to be the first time.”
 
Despite the break in stride, Johansson, Takter’s son-in-law, wasn’t surprised his filly found the winner’s circle.
 
“I know she is a great horse, but actually the trip worked out great for us after all,” he said. “I was just going to try to get a check with her after what happened, but she felt strong and did it all by herself.”
 
The lion’s share of the purse lifted her lifetime earnings to $106,391 for owner/breeder Brittany Farms of Versailles, Ky. American Jewel paid $3.90 to win.
 
Romantic Moment captured the second $133,533 division in a career-best clocking of 1:52.3, while also notching her first lifetime victory in the process.
 
Bound To Rock (Scott Zeron) clocked the opening panel in :27.4, but her lead was short lived as a parked out Notreadytobenice (Jack Moiseyev) took command into the backstretch.
 
Romantic Moment came first-up from third and was the leader on the outside past the half in :55.4. The Takter pupil held the front, hitting the three quarter marker in 1:24.1. Romantic Moment dug in to score a 2 1/4-length victory over Notreadytobenice. Bound To Rock finished third.
 
“She was fighting me pretty good before we turned to the gate, even in the hole she couldn’t really relax, so I decided to move her early,” said Johansson following the win.
 
The Allentown, N.J. resident believes Romantic Moment is close to being on the same level as her stablemate, American Jewel. He says all she needs is a little more experience.
 
The 2-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Time N Again has a lifetime record of 1-1-1 in three career outings with a bankroll of $84,583 for owner Brittany Farms of Versailles, Ky.
 
Romantic Moment paid $8 to win as the second choice. (WEG)

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