Hambletonian winner Trixton victorius in Simcoe Stakes
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Jimmy Takter steered Trixton to a 1:52.2 triumph, overcoming a trailing tier start from post 11. In the words of track announcer Ken Middleton, "he faced more traffic than the 401 on a Friday."
Getting back to work after his Hambletonian victory on Aug. 2, heavy 2-5 favourite Trixton got away sixth along the pylons, but was able to move into the outer flow past the :26.4 opening quarter, which was put up by Muscle Matters (Mario Baillargeon). E L Titan (Chris Christoforou) advanced from fourth and confronted the early leader down the backstretch before taking over past the :55.2 half-mile mark.
Damfoolrmillionair (Randy Waples) moved up to challenge next and edged by around the final turn as they raced to three-quarters in 1:23.1. He drew clear into the stretch, but Takter had Trixton third over and ready to roll. Trixton rallied off cover and opened up three lengths before hitting the wire with Damfoolrmillionair coming in second and second over P L Hercules (Ron Pierce) closing for third.
"It's really hard to predict a race like that," said Takter when asked about his strategy from the trailing tier. "When you are a trailer and you have horses that I don't really know -- quite a few horses are Ontario horses I haven't seen -- you don't know what to do. But the race was tough, they were smoking up there. I was lucky that John [Campbell]'s horse [Ole Jack Magic] couldn't keep up to Il Sogno Dream there and so I was able to sneak out at the first quarter. My horse got a little bit grabby and normally he's not, but...because he was trapped in I think he had a little bit more energy there."
Trixton is owned by Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Ab of Matawan, New Jersey. The Muscle Hill-Emile Cas El colt is now eight-for-10 with earnings of $908,189 this season.
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Trixton strides to victory for trainer Jimmy Takter in the 2014 Hambletonian