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Jimmy Takter: “I’m not opening my own Thoroughbred stable”

September 14, 2020

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Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Monday morning that in reports published elsewhere, people misunderstood his quotes and he is not shifting gears and starting a career training Thoroughbreds. Takter said he is only helping 25-year-old Philip Antonacci in selecting Thoroughbred yearlings as an expert in conformation, but that his role is only in an advisory capacity.


“I’m helping Philip, who is going to run the stable,” said Takter, who retired from training Standardbreds after the 2018 season but continues to give advice in the barn of a few trainers, including his daughter, Nancy. “I’m going to help him pick them out and then I am going to his advisor. I may stop by his stable once or twice a week to see how things are going. It’s not going to be my stable, it’s not going to be the Takter Stable; it’s going to be Philip’s stable.


“It got blown up like I’m opening my own stable, and no, no, no, I’m not opening my own Thoroughbred stable. I might be on the phone and hang around once or twice and week and make sure things go right.”


Takter is in Lexington, Ky., this week for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and in the opening-day session on Sunday he and Antonacci purchased a filly by Medaglia d’Oro for $370,000, just under the average of $373,211 for 109 yearlings sold. A few days earlier Takter and Antonacci purchased a colt at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale for $42,000.


Antonacci will be based at the Payson Park training center in Indiantown, Fla., with his training debut expected to come at Gulfstream Park. Most of the horses will be owned by his father, Frank Antonacci, whose Thoroughbreds are currently being trained by Wesley Ward. Fauci, a 2 year old co-owned by Antonacci, finished second last Saturday in a $500,000 stakes at Kentucky Downs.


More than 4,200 yearlings will be sold at the Keeneland sale, which runs through Sept. 25. Takter said he expects to be in Lexington throughout this week in search of more yearling purchases on behalf of Antonacci.

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