Wilkes-Barre, PA -- Uffizi Hanover turned a second-over trip into a three-quarter-length victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly pacers in 1:52.1 Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Driven by David Miller, the daughter of Well Said-Up Front Dragonfly sat fourth as Precocious Beauty and Allstar Rating mixed it up through a first quarter in 25.3. After Precocious Beauty assumed the lead in the homestretch for the first time, Miller tipped Uffizi Hanover, flushing Act Now from third to the half in :55. Act Now stalked the leader with Uffizi Hanover on her helmet through three-quarters in 1:23.
When Precocious Beauty began to tire at the top of the stretch, Allstar Rating shot up the rail, but Uffizi Hanover was in the midst of a successful three-wide sweep to get the win, followed by Beach Body and Southwind Silence from off the pace.
Trainer Jimmy Takter picked up his second consecutive Breeders Crown final after winning the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot final with Father Patrick. The $100,000 yearling purchase was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and co-owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, who also co-owned Father Patrick.
“I’m flying high, said Goldband. “We had high hopes for Father Patrick. We had good hopes for this filly and she just came through. She had a perfect trip and we are just absolutely delighted.”
Miller is being inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in July 2014, most likely by giving trips like these on the biggest stages.
“It was a second-over trip and she had cover right there coming off the last turn and she fired home,” he said. “I liked her chances a lot. She was good last week, but she was a little bit rough. Jimmy took care of that and it was all systems go.”
Owner Katz gave a special thanks to Takter’s son in the winner’s circle after the race.
“I want to say special thanks to J.J., Jimmy’s son, who drove her all summer for us,” he said. “He did the dirty work and helped her develop. He really deserves a lot of the credit.”
Uffizi Hanover, who now has two wins and five seconds in 11 lifetime starts, good for $361,390 in purse earnings, paid $10.20 to win as the third wagering choice.
By T.J. Burkett, for the Breeders Crown