Ohio owners excited about Pinkman in Futurity
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The McClellands live in central Ohio, where they have owned and bred well more than 100 horses. Among their successes, they bred two-time Breeders Crown champion Call For Rain and co-owned 2011 Yonkers Trot winner Leader Of The Gang, who also was trained by Takter.
And now there is Pinkman.
"It's been the most amazing racing year of our careers,” Joyce McClelland said. "We're still a little in shock, I think. Winning the Hambletonian is just amazing. I don't know how else I can put it. We had our three children and their spouses there. We all wore pink and we all went a little crazy after the race.
"Wherever we go, people still come up to us and are congratulating us. We're very thankful and very grateful and very proud and very happy.”
Takter has five of the 10 horses in the Futurity, with French Laundry, The Bank, Uncle Lasse, and Canepa Hanover joining Pinkman in the field.
Multiple-stakes-winner Crazy Wow is the 7-2 second choice. He will start from post No. 5 with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Ron Burke.
The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman won the first jewel, the Hambletonian, on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands and Habitat won the second, the Yonkers Trot, on Sept. 5 at Yonkers Raceway. Habitat was not entered in the Futurity.
Pinkman will face a tough task in the Futurity, due in part to the outside starting spot in the 10-horse field. But as the winner of 16 of 22 lifetime races and $2.05 million, Pinkman usually finds a way to prevail. He has won back-to-back starts since suffering a three-race skid – the only losing streak of his career.
"Drawing the nine hole is always tough, but he's got a huge heart and we'll see what he can do,” McClelland said. "I think Yannick put it best. Someone said (Pinkman) is coming back, and Yannick said, ‘He never left.' That's just such a good thing to feel. He's never left. He's an amazing horse. We're just thrilled.” (HRC)