Pinkman Wins The 90th Hambletonian Final
Back to back world record performances for a gelding on a mile track
4th Hambletonian Victory for Jimmy Takter as a trainer
3rd Hambletonian victory for Brian Sears as a driver
3rd fastest Hambletonian ever
2nd year in a row Takter has won both the Oaks & the Hambletonian
:27.2 :55.2 1:23.2 1:51
Pinkman and driver Brian Sears took over the lead at the half-mile marker and went on to defeat Mission Brief and Yannick Gingras in a world record 1:51 clocking to win the $1 million Hambletonian final for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Pinkman broke the world record of 1:51.2 he equaled earlier in the afternoon. Uncle Lasse (Donato Hanover) put up a :27.2 opening quarter and stable mate The Bank (Donato Hanover) edged to the outside and circled to control.
Pinkman was given marching orders entering the backstretch and cleared the lead heading to the half. Mission Brief (Muscle Hill) commenced her first-over bid through a :55.2 half. The two elimination winners and two favorites were nearly stride for stride at three-quarters in 1:23.2. Mission Brief was drifting in the stretch while Pinkman had the advantage at the inside, and he easily held the advantage over Mission Brief, Uncle Lasse and the Bank in 1:51.
Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Herb Livermanand Joe Mc Clelland, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Brian Sears, Pinkman paid $5.60 to win. Trainer Jimmy Takter also became the first trainer to win the Hambletonian Oaks and the Hambletonian in back-to-back years.
2015 Hambletonian Final
PP Trotter Driver Trainer
2.Pinkman, Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter
4 Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke,
7 Uncle Lasse, David Miller, Jimmy Takter
1 THE BANK, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter
6 Jacksons Minion, Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson
10 HABITAT Matt Kakaley Ron Burke
3 Aldebaran Eagle, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson
5 French Laundry, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter
8 Donatomite, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer
9 Wings Of Royalty, Tim Tetrick, George Ducharm
$500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final
PP Horse Driver Trainer
2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter
5. Rules Of The Road, Corey Callahan, Janice Connor
3. Bright Baby Blues, David Miller, Bob Stewart
7. Livininthefastlane, Andy Miller, Julie Miller
8. Sarcy, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter
4. Lady Winona, Brian Sears, Julie Miller
9. Smokinmombo, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver
6. Classical Annie, Aaron Merriman, Jim Arledge Jr.
10. Speak To Me, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter
1. Lock Down Lindy, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna
:27 :56.1 1:25.1 1:52.2
Wild Honey (Cantab Hall) took control of the pace and trotted easily to a 1:52.2 victory over Rules Of The Road (Muscle Hill), Bright Baby Blues (Andover Hall), and Livininthefastlane (Donato Hanover).
Wild Honey swooped to control after a :27 first quarter set by Rules Of The Road. Lock Down Lindy (Lucky Chucky) attempted to challenge first over, but broke midway down the backstretch. Bright Baby Blues traveled uncovered with Livininthefastlane on her tail past a :56.1 half.
After a 1:25.1 third quarter, Wild Honey dug into command over a drifting Bright Baby Blues and Rules Of The Road had a seam to split by horses late. Wild Honey won by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:52.2.
Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras, she paid $4.60 to win.