By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
LEXINGTON, KY— Yannick Gingras made his move with the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman into the far turn, powering by Crazy Wow under a hand drive to win the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.2 on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.
The first quarter was set by The Bank, going :27 with Crazy Wow in the pocket and Pinkman tracking in third. Crazy Wow circled by The Bank and set a :54 half before Pinkman was given his marching orders from third, French Laundry on his back. He came alongside Crazy Wow through a 1:23 third quarter before edging to the lead at the top of the stretch. French Laundry angled to the inside for room, while Crescent Fashion and Muscle Diamond stormed from the back into the minor positions. With the reins in the air, Yannick Gingras sat still in the sulky as Pinkman crossed the wire in 1:51.2 over Crescent Fashion, French Laundry, and Muscle Diamond.
A winner of 17 in 23 starts lifetime and earnings of over $2,250,000, Pinkman, the Explosive Matter gelding out of the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster returned $6.20 to win. He’s owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman.
“He surely is game,” Yannick Gingras said. “He puts in a one-hundred percent effort, even at Yonkers [in the Yonkers Trot]; he didn’t like the track, but it wasn’t like he wasn’t trying. He’s a winner and he wants to get it done.”
“I’ve thanked them [the owners] many times on that,” Gingras also said regarding his continuation in the position as regular driver on Pinkman. “That’s something you don’t see very often, probably never really, that somebody wins the Hambletonian and then he puts the driver back on the horse that won it. I’m very thankful.”
“He’s just a fantastic horse,” Jimmy Takter said. “I’m so proud of him.”
“I’ve got great staff and good people behind me,” Takter also said regarding driving in the Filly Futurity and the Kentucky Futurity, as well as training four in the Filly Futurity and five in the Futurity. “I’ve got great owners, and they make it a heck of a lot easier.”
“That’s his next stop,” Takter also said regarding the Breeders Crown.