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Thinkbig Dreambig Sub-1:50 In Escort

Published: May 27, 2018 1:14 am ET

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Making only the second start of his career, Thinkbig Dreambig took the $47,000 Escort series final for three-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, breaking his maiden in spectacular fashion, stopping the clock in 1:49.2.

“He’s a lovely horse; a very good colt,” said Takter. “I thought he was very professional.”

Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Thinkbig Dreambig, a son of Bettors Delight-Extreme Dream, picked up a live tow at the quarter. Takter was in no particular hurry with the inexperienced colt, racing gapped off his cover passing the half and three-quarters.

As Legal Power, the longshot who challenged leader Life Happened down the backstretch, weakened around the far turn, Takter hit the gas pedal on his colt as the pair surged three wide coming toward the top of the stretch.

It appeared Thinkbig Dreambig would go on to an easy win from there, but with less than an eighth of a mile to go, driver Eric Abbatiello found a seam with Thor De Vie and briefly took the lead away from the favourite.

Takter then got after his colt, giving him a few right-handers, and he responded by going on to a half-length win over Thor De Vie. Better Watch Out finished third.

“He really doesn’t know what racing is yet,” said Takter. “He learned quite a bit tonight. For a very green horse, he’s a professional.”

Thinkbig Dreambig, who returned $3.00 to win and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., John Fielding, G. Anderberg and G. Falk, did not compete during his two-year-old season due to breathing issues that required surgery.

Takter also has Lost In Time, one of the early Meadowlands Pace favorites, in his barn. Can Thinkbig Dreambig compete with horses like him?

“I made Thinkbig Dreambig eligible [to the Meadowlands Pace] because I know how good a horse he is,” said Takter. “I know he can go with those horses. It’s just a matter of getting him ready.”

Takter knows it’s a longshot given his horse’s inexperience, but when it comes to the "Pace" and Thinkbig Dreambig, “It’s possible he could be there,” said Takter.

A LITTLE MORE: K J’s Justine ($6.00) won the $42,500 Rainbow Blue Final for three-year-old pacing fillies for driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Linda Toscano in a lifetime-best 1:51.4.

Santiago Style ($4.20) took the $35,200 Hot Lead Final for pacers of any age in 1:49.4 for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Robert Bongiorno.

One lucky player at the Meadowlands walked away with $13,964 after being the only bettor to survive seven legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 wager.

The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $240,774.

All-source wagering on the 10-race program totaled $1,949,217.

Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday, June 1 at 7:15 p.m.

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