PLAINS TWP. — The early totals on the board showed just how dominating Father Patrick was.
The horse didn’t disappoint on the track.
Father Patrick — a 1-9 favorite — broke strong out of the gate, and was never really challenged, leading wire-to-wire and claiming the Breeders Crown title for 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings.
If yesterday was any indication, look out for the horse in 2014.
“He’s a million-in-one horse,” said trainer Jimmy Takter, who won the first three races on the Breeders Crown card. “We have been waiting for a long time to have this kind of dominating colt. He’s definitely the best horse out there. I think he’s just better than everybody. He’s more complete. He’s just a wonderful creature.”
Nuncio finished second, while Credit Fashion was third. Nuncio was the only horse to defeat Father Patrick in a race this season.
Credit Yannick Gingras, who coasted Father Patrick to a near-perfect run.
Gingras, who won the first three races on the card at Pocono Downs, put Father Judge on the lead around the first turn and took real advantage of soft fractions.
Father Judge had a two-length edge around the backstretch, and with a half-time of 57 seconds, all Gingras had to do was keep the horse on stride and take home the prize.
In 2013, Father Judge has won 10 of its 11 races, which included a world-record run in last week’s Breeders Crown elimination race.
For Uffizi Hanover and David Miller, it was another strong showing at Pocono Downs.
A 4-1 hit on the board, Miller sat tight and let his filly loose down the home stretch, swallowing up Precocious Beauty to take top billing in the 2-Year-Old Fillies Pace final.
Last week, the horse finished fourth in an elimination race – which was still good enough to qualify for the final.
“I got a good trip,” Miller said. “I had pretty good cover off the last turn, and just let her fire hard down the stretch. I felt pretty good about our chances. I think she was good last week, but we just hit a little ruffle there. We addressed that coming into this race.”
Precocious Beauty shot hard from the No. 8 post and took the lead with a scorching first fraction of 25.3. With Miller keeping his distance, it was AllStar Rating and Act Now that kept pushing Beauty around the entire track.
Down the final stretch, Precocious Beauty ran out of fuel – as Uffizi Hanover and Beach Body ran past her and dueled to the wire.
Takter’s third win in a row wasn’t too dramatic as Shake it Cerry, an even-money second choice on the board, took advantage of slower times and held off a charging Struck by Lindy at the line in the 2-Year-Old Filly Trot final.
“She’s been a top one all year,” Takter said. “She had a bloop up in Canada. She didn’t get along with the track. She bounced back in Lexington and raced a good elimination last week. She was even better today. She’s a very strong filly. She’s maybe the strongest 2-year-old filly I’ve trained.”
The race was changed drastically when the race favorite, Cooler Schooner, went off-stride around the first turn.
“She didn’t trot that first turn the way she has been trotting all year long,” Cooler Schooner jockey John Campbell said. “It wasn’t her manners tonight. She just wasn’t comfortable within herself.”
For Shake it Cerry, it was her fifth win in eight lifetime starters.
“I knew things would go smooth once Cooler Schooner broke,” Shake It Cerry jockey Ron Pierce said. “I figured Lifetime Dream would be coming; I didn’t know she made a break behind the gate. I was waiting on her kind of, and she never showed, so I just had things my way up there.”