EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter swept the top two spots in the Hambletonian, even though he was not in the winner's circle with the horse he anticipated.
Takter, known more for his training prowess, drove Trixton (4-1) to victory in the 89th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Saturday. The 3-year-old trotting colt fought a heated battle in the stretch against stablemate Nuncio, who was driven by John Campbell. Nuncio finished a half-length behind in second, with Harper Blue Chip third.
Trixton and Nuncio are now the only two horses ever to beat 2-5 favorite Father Patrick, a Takter-trained horse who disappointed the crowd by breaking early in the race and finishing 11th and last after winning his last 15 starts.