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Takter's Uncle Peter, Little Brown Fox win

July 14, 2012
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Trainer Jimmy Takter swept the two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot with the betting favorite Uncle Peter (1:53.1) and the longshot Little Brown Fox. (1:51.2). Little Brown Fox was an upset winner after Googoo Gaagaa couldn't trot the turns at the Meadowlands any better than he did in the Yonkers Trot, breaking stride going to the first quarter and again in the second turn.
 
In the first division, worth $150,500, Jim Morrill Jr. left just enough with Banker Volo from post seven that they were in position to slid over to the pylons when Vic Smith made a break while trotting second. Ron Pierce had put Uncle Peter on the lead and the Cantab Hall colt was the easiest kind of winner. Pierce kept Banker Volo pinned in the pocket, but nevertheless Uncle Peter never seemed to break a sweat.
Banker Volo got up for second, edging Appomatox, but the rest of the field was lackluster.
 
"I didn't pop his ear plus; I didn't say go. I just sat there," said Pierce of the ease of the colt's victory.
 
"I love this horse," added Takter. "I'm so happy to see this performance from him. He wasn't extended."
 
Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Falkbolagen Ab own Uncle Peter, who picked up his third win in five starts this season and appears back on track after breaking stride in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot last month.
 
Takter's Little Brown Fox, a colt by Muscles Yankee, was also put on the point and he carved out fractions of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:23.3 before being forced to race. Googoo Gaagaa started from post seven and driver Corey Callahan had problems with the speedster as soon as they got into the first curve. They caught the field but then in the last turn the colt broke stride again. Back in May he won a Simpsom Memorial at the Meadowlands by five lengths in 1:54.1.
 
Guccio, trained and driven by Takter, finished strong to take second while Possess The Will, last year's Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year, ralled down the stretch drive but couldn't seriously threaten in just his second start of the season. One In A Million broke stride in the stretch drive.
 
"Around the last turn he was all on his own," said winning driver Yannick Gingras of Little Brown Fox's performance. "At about the top of the stretch I showed him the whip and he trotted on."
 
Takter said while Guccio finished strong, the colt by Yankee Glide took some steps in the turns and at the top of the homestretch. "I've got something to work on to get him better," the trainer said.
 
Little Brown Fox is owned by Christina Takter, brothers Jim and John Fielding, and Brittany Farms. Michael Andrew of Maine bred the colt.
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