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Uncle Peter will be at Mohawk for the Wellwood

September 02, 2011
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Eliminations for this year’s $500,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters at Mohawk Racetrack are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, and there is one contender who may have been forgotten by all but his connections.

That first-year trotter is Uncle Peter, who won a Reynolds division in early July at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1—by 1.3 seconds the fastest of five splits that day, including the 1:56.4 effort by his stablemate and eventual Peter Haughton Memorial winner Weingartner.

“What a horse he is, oh, what a horse!” said trainer Jimmy Takter of Uncle Peter.

On Thursday morning at Pocono, Uncle Peter won a qualifier by 29 ¼ lengths in 1:56.3 for Takter, who was excited when talking about his freshman trotter.

“He was under wraps,” Takter said the son of Cantab Hall out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Victory Treasure. “I won the Reynolds with him in 1:55.1 but then he got sick. He lost a whole month.”

Uncle Peter debuted in a June 4 baby race at the Meadowlands, and with Takter driving the colt romped to a nine-length win in 2:00.3. That was followed up on June 16 with an 11 ¼-length win at the Big M in 2:01, which set the trotter up nicely for his pari-mutuel debut in a $20,291 Reynolds division July 5 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

With Takter in the sulky, Uncle Peter led wire to wire through fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.3 before crossing the wire 14 lengths in front in 1:55.1. Scheduled to start two weeks later in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows, Uncle Peter was scratched “sick.”

Uncle Peter returned in an Aug. 25 qualifier at Pocono where he won by “only”  1 ½ lengths in 1:59.4 over a “sloppy” track. His second qualifier came Thursday, which serves as a final prep for the Wellwood.

Uncle Peter was a $60,000 yearling purchase by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and Falkbolagen Ab from breeders Johanna Beaver, Michael Carter, Mary McLoughlin and Sigmund Wolkomir. His second dam, Treasure Flirt, is the dam of the 1995 Peter Haughton Memorial winner Dancer’s Victory as well as the dam of the 1994 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and Merrie Annabelle runner-up (behind CR Kay Suzie) Lifelong Victory.

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