Pinkman rallies late to win Standardbred Trot

by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Delaware, OH — Nothing was “breaking bad” for Pinkman in Thursday’s $59,445 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, as he overcame favorite Crazy Wow in deep stretch for the victory at the Delaware County Fair.

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Pinkman (on the outside) defeated favored Crazy Wow in the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters on Thursday at the Delaware County Fair.

Making only his second start, Pinkman and driver Yannick Gingras followed leader Crazy Wow — who won the New York Sire Stakes championship last Saturday — for nearly the entire mile before pulling out of the pocket and trotting to the win in 1:57.

Crazy Wow finished second, followed by Ralph R and Walter White.

The Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman, racing as an entry with Walter White, went off at 5-1 and paid $12 to win. Pinkman and Walter White are named after characters from the television series “Breaking Bad.”

Pinkman is a son of Explosive Matter out of the mare Margie Seelster. He was purchased for $77,000 under the name Traffic Jam at the Lexington Selected Sale. His family includes stakes-winner Grassbed, who is the mother of 1990 Dan Patch Award-winner Me Maggie and grandmother of millionaire racehorse and top stallion Credit Winner.

In his first start, Pinkman finished second from post eight in a conditioned race at The Red Mile. He has now earned $27,275 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman.

On Thursday, Pinkman sat behind Crazy Wow through fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:28.4. Walter White made a first-over challenge from fourth place at the half-mile point, but only was able to get within a half-length of overtaking Crazy Wow for the lead.

Pinkman found room coming off the final turn and was able to overcome a 1-1/4 length deficit to win by a neck.

“He is now a gelding rather than a colt,” said Jimmy Takter. “We had some problems that resulted from the castration surgery that took some time for him to recover from so that is why he had a late start. We started him in Lexington last week and I was very happy with him so I decided to put him in here.”

Lost For Words scores in 1:54.3 in Standardbred male pace

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Lost For Words took the lead at the top of the stretch then pulled away to win the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:54.3.

Lost For Words (David Miller) sat a pocket trip before making his move for the lead at the top of the stretch, then pulled away from leader UF Larry Alltheway to win Thursday’s $58,045 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:54.3.

UF Larry Alltheway finished second, followed by Lost For Words’ entrymate Talking Points and Smiling Terror.

After taking the lead at the start, UF Larry Alltheway tried to take the field all the way, but was unable to hold off Lost For Words. UF Larry Alltheway, who fought off a first-over challenge from Reggiano, set fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26 before yielding.

Brian Brown, who won Wednesday’s Jugette with Color’s A Virgin, trains Lost For Words for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and Strollin Stable. The colt has won three of seven races and earned $109,212 this season.

A son of Well Said-Thou Shalt Not, he was purchased for $50,000 under the name Who Said Not To at the Lexington Selected Sale.

“He is definitely a very nice horse to drive,” said David Miller. “He really likes the half-mile track and is a horse that is still improving.”

Doctor Terror captures Standardbred filly pace

Doctor Terror overcame traffic trouble to win Thursday’s $51,000 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers in 1:54.4 at the Delaware County Fair. Hillary’s Style finished second, followed by Alexa Said and Triple V Hanover.

Doctor Terror, part of a Blake MacIntosh-trained entry with Macarena Mama, paid $4.20 to win as the even-money favorite. She has won two of 10 races for owners MacIntosh and Stuart McIntosh.

Macarena Mama led through the first half of the race, but gave way to Hillary’s Style after reaching the midway point in :56. Hillary’s Style and Triple V Hanover pulled away from the field on the backstretch as Macarena Mama dropped back on the rail, but Doctor Terror was able to get around her stablemate and catch the leaders.

Doctor Terror is a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Doctor Seth. She was purchased for $10,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale.

“She’s a nice little filly,” said Blake MacIntosh. “She got sick for awhile there and it’s the only time she’s missed a check. We only paid $10,000 and she’s made over $100,0000. What else can you say about that?”

— Kimberly French also contributed to this report

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